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Thanks to everyone at the 2024 Central Illinois STEM Fair who stopped by the Lincoln Land Community College exhibit and who took the "Fun Facts about Illinois Towns" survey! To see the results of the survey click on the buttons below. The green button is a link to an ArcGIS Online Story Map. The yellow button is a link to an ArcGIS Online Web Map. Notice the different ways that the information from the Fun Fact survey may be presented.

Illinois Middle and High School Story Map Competition 2024

“Home Town, Illinois”

Click here for more info!

East, west, north, south, rural, urban or suburban, all Illinois students are invited to tell their hometown stories in the Annual Illinois Story Map Competition for Grades 4 through 12. Students explore their hometown or neighborhood to discover unique characteristics and/or to study a local problem or issue they would like to solve. Compete with others for a chance to win a prize!

Competition organizers:
Dean Butzow & Rey de Castro
For more information email:

Thank you sponsors!
Esri K12 Education || Illinois Geographic Alliance || Lincoln Land Community College || The Geographic Society of Chicago

National Geographic MapMaker is an interactive online mapping platform featuring curated maps for teaching and learning. MapMaker is free, doesn’t require a login and works on lightweight devices such as tablets and laptops.