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Iowa Map Contest 2022: Mapping Iowa’s Unique History and Geography

The 2022 Map Competition for Iowa students is now underway.

Students in grades 4-12 (two divisions – Middle grades: 4-8 and High School: 9-12) are invited, with their teachers, to participate in this year’s mapping contest sponsored by Esri, the Iowa Geographic Information Council (IGIC), and William Penn University. This year’s theme is Mapping Iowa’s Unique History and Geography.

Contest Website: https://sites.google.com/site/iowamapcontest/home

Story Maps Website: https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-storymaps/overview

How to participate: Use the Story Map application to tell a story about a unique feature site using a map and pictures.

There will be $100 cash prize and a certificate for the top five middle school (grades 4-8) and top high school (grades 9-12) map entries. The top entry from each state will be submitted to the national competition hosted by Esri.

Schools must submit their winners to the state for judging by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Iowa GIS professionals will judge the entries so Iowa awards may be announced, and send winning entries on to Esri for the national competition.

Interested in getting started? Here’s a short introduction to making Story Maps: https://learn.arcgis.com/en/paths/getting-to-know-the-new-storymaps/

Here’s the winning story map from last year’s competition: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/ae3a024a419e427f8e9c12c64f15c543

Geography Awareness Week: Review and Contribute to OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a publicly created and maintained world map – the Wikipedia for maps. Anyone with access to an internet browser can view the map and anyone with a free OpenStreetMap account can update the map. If you are new to OpenStreetMap visit their welcome page to a short introduction: https://osmgeoweek.org/guides/intro .

Here are several ways to get engaged with OpenStreetMap:

~ Review your local OSM basemap for accuracy and consider adding community features that are missing or need updating.

~ Spend time working on a Humanitarian OpenStreetMap project. For a current list of priority project visit: https://tasks.hotosm.org/explore

~ Consider joining mappers around the globe in the November OSM US 30 Days of Mapping Challenge (each day has themed asset to map): https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/United_States/Projects#30_Days_of_Mapping_-_November_annually

GIS Day 2021 – Success!

Here are photos from yesterday’s GIS Day event. We had over 50 visitors stop by our table in the ISU College of Design lobby for information about undergraduate minor in GIS and graduate GIS certificate, cupcakes, posters, trading cards and to help put our map puzzles together.

Celebrate GIS Day! Test and Improve your Geographic Knowledge

Test and Improve Your Geographic Knowledge with Geography Games:

Quizzityhttps://david-peter.de/quizzity/ – This quiz challenges you to locate six world cities with greater points for accuracy and speed.

Seterra Geography Gameshttps://www.seterra.com/#quizzes – Learn the location of countries worldwide by locating counties regionally and globally.

GIS Day @ ISU!!! Wednesday, November 17 2-4pm College of Design Main Lobby

Join the ISU Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility to celebrate GIS Day! Enjoy themed cupcakes and poster and trading card giveaways, and learn more about the Geographic Information Science minor and GIS graduate certificate program.

The event will be from 2–4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the foyer inside the main entrance to the College of Design.

https://www.design.iastate.edu/event-listings/2021/11/gis-day-celebration/

Join in the celebration of Geography Awareness Week 2021!

November 14-20, 2021

Geography Awareness Week is coming soon. We will be sharing information about GIS and geography related careers as well as activities and games to help you sharpen your geography and geospatial skills throughout the week. Check IowaView daily for a new topic.

The History of Geography Awareness Week:

The National Geographic Society created Geography Awareness Week over 25 years ago as a way to celebrate and raise awareness of geography both as a discipline and as a part of daily life. The National Geographic Society felt there was a dangerous deficiency in American education with limited exposure to geography too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens.
— see more at the National Geographic Website

Return to School with Just the Right Digital Map Tool! – September 28

Hey Educators! Directions Magazine and the Esri Education Team are teaming up to provide a webinar to help you find the best digital map tools for your classroom!

When: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 @ 7pm (Central)

Register Here: https://www.directionsmag.com/webinar/10996

Here’s more from the website:
Join us for a look at geospatial tools for any learning space: home, outdoors, school, or virtual. The Esri Education Team has great suggestions to enhance any grade level or subject area with a geospatial perspective.

In this webinar, we’ll cover:

  • Free mapping software (ArcGIS Online, Storymaps, Survey123, and more)
  • Entry-level, standards-based GeoInquiry activities for the class
  • Tips and tricks for flexible instruction with digital maps

SPEAKERS

Charlie Fitzpatrick, K-12 Education Manager, Esri

Tom Baker, Education Manager, Esri

Kylie Donia, Education Industry Specialist, Esri

Join in the fun ~ TeachOSM Back-to-School Night ~ September 21

When: September 21st, 2021 8:00 PM through  9:00 PM (Eastern)

Attention educators and mappers! Join TeachOSM Tuesday, 21 September for our first ever ‘back-to-school’ night. We’re offering an informal open house to introduce our programming. This hour-long event will feature brief demos from teachers and mappers to enable you to:

  • Find out more about how you can put OSM in your school
  • Learn how to take advantage of our Map-Alongs and other educational programming
  • Find out how you can get support open mapping education in your community

Sign up now to reserve your space!

Greetings from Camp Landsat: Cities and Suburbs

Greetings from Camp Landsat!

Postcards From Camp: Cities & Suburbs
Are you exploring any cities this summer? Rain or shine, urban planners use Landsat to take stock of city growth and its environmental impact. The front of this postcard features a natural-color Landsat 8 image of Ocean Flower Island in Hainan, China acquired May 6, 2020.

This week’s camp theme is Cities and Suburbs and focuses on the growth of cities and urban areas as seen over time through Landsat images. Urban growth has impacts on the surrounding environment. Visit Camp Landsat to learn more and experience a time-laspse video of urban growth in Qatar, a storymap about urbanization of vacation towns, and learn about urban heat islands in Minnesota. This week’s camp crafts include Color by Number Image Classification and creating a bird house with a “green roof.” Thank you to our friends at NASA for making this fun summer camp possible!