SCAG 2022 Student Showcase

Submit Your Idea for an ArcGIS StoryMap!

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is excited to announce a major opportunity for college and university students in the region. The 2022 Student Showcase is a storymapping competition that challenges students to think innovatively and compete for cash prizes in two award categories: Best in Show and Audience Awards.

Student participants are invited to conceptualize, create and submit ArcGIS StoryMaps using SCAG’s open data. This is a meaningful way to tell a story or provide insight, showcase plans and projects, engage supporters and stakeholders, illustrate the possibilities of data, and highlight the usefulness of open data at the regional level.

Students are instructed to submit abstracts of their projects by Feb. 22, and if selected, SCAG will request an ArcGIS StoryMap to be submitted. In all, there will be a total of $6,000 awarded (one $2,000 first-place prize and one runner-up $1,000 prize each per category).

For more information on the 2022 Student Showcase, including the program guidelines, visit

California Friday: Museum of Jurassic Technology

I thought it was time to start back up with the California Friday posts, about underrated or unusual places to visit in California, mostly in SoCal. So up to bat … Museum of Jurassic Technology!

Located at 9341 Venice Blvd in Culver City, this museum will probably have you leaving with a head full of questions and little answers! What did that all mean? Was any of it real? Was that display supposed to be broken? What was it anyway?

At the Museum of Jurassic Technology, exhibits have featured Soviet space dogs, sculptures smaller than a head of a pin, and letters written by people who may not have existed! As one travel book put it, “Searching for a unifying theme or logical narrative to explain the mystifying exhibits is an exercise in madness! As is trying to figure out what’s real and what’s not.”

You have to visit this place and enjoy the journey! You can find their web page here. They were closed for some time, but now you can visit by making advanced reservations.

CA GIS Council Education Workgroup Survey

The Education Workgroup of the California GIS Council is interested in gaining an understanding of how we can benefit the larger GIS Council and provide a bridge between the professional GIS community and the education community. Specifically, we are looking to 1) obtain input from current GIS professionals to inform specific aspects of curriculum development in the geospatial science fields, and 2) develop better connections between professional opportunities and students, faculty, and researchers.

Please consider participating in this short SURVEY (5-10 minutes). Your responses will not be visible to council members outside of the Education Workgroup, but we will compile them and share anonymous summaries at a later date. Your responses will be saved automatically, so you can return later to edit them.

Survey closing date is February 28, 2022

Questions? Please email:

We thank you in advance for participating. We really appreciate your time and input!

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