Esri Ireland Argues Maps Make Sense and other GIS Contests

ESRI Ireland is offering a Maps Make Sense Challenge that's open to all. Winner will get an iPad and four runners up a "flying experience" (flight simulation) in Dublin. You use ArcGIS Online to build your map.

- IROLOGI blog

Here's an interesting quest to help get residents to use their public libraries. Anyone who gets their passport stamped at six of the 36 consortium libraries in Morris County, NJ is enterred to win a prize.

Three winners will be eligible for a grand prize drawing to win Apple iPad™, a Google Nexus 7™, or a Barnes and Noble Nook™.

I love that it's so low tech - but the prizes are high tech!


Along with an electronic election learning game (linked to state standards) Rand McNally is also offering an essay contest.

As America prepares to elect its President, Rand McNally and USA TODAY Education invite students in the 7-12th grades to tell our President what's on their minds via Rand McNally's "Dear Mr. President" essay contest, running from August 15 through November 27, 2012. Maybe it's climate change, or the challenges of managing our scarce natural resources. Or is it health care, the cost of college, or possibly the economy? 

As technology has made the world smaller, the ability to think critically about global and local issues has become an important skill for 21st century life. Rand McNally's mission is to provide students with a love for geography and discovery, and also to provide them with a platform to express ideas about the issues they believe will shape their own futures. 

From the submitted essays, ten finalists (five from 7-9th grade submissions and five from the 10-12th grade submissions) will receive a three-day, two-night WorldStrides DiscoverNOW! trip for two to Washington, D.C.

There are also a few scholarships.

Published Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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