W.Va. Students Vie for Top Spot at Nationís Only Social Studies Fair
Posted: May 08, 2009
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hundreds of students from across West Virginia presented their research on various topics as part of the nation’s only statewide social studies fair held at the Charleston Civic Center on Friday. The fair is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE).
Students in fourth through 12th grade competed in categories that included anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology; sociology, government, U.S history and world history. The projects included individual, pair and class presentations.
“Social studies play an increasingly important role in today’s global economy where students are not only competing with students in other states but those in other countries,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “As we move forward with Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it., events like this are more important than ever in helping prepare students to live in a diverse and ever changing society.”
West Virginia’s Social Studies Fair moved into the 21st century with the addition of technology. Students are now encouraged to use DVD players, laptops, cell phones, hand-held gaming devices, MP3 players, digital photo frames or other technology to enhance their presentations to the judges.
Older students also were invited to bring their entire project on a CD-ROM, DVD or thumb drive with no traditional display board required. The WVDE provided laptops for these students to use to present their projects to the judges.
“The state Social Studies Fair offers students the chance to demonstrate their knowledge on various subjects on a much larger scale,” said Regina Scotchie, social studies coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education.
Students who competed at the state Social Studies Fair first won regional events in their respective division, category and project type. Projects are judged on oral presentation; theme and research; display; and abstract.
The Social Studies Fair is designed to recognize and reward outstanding achievements of social studies students and encourage students to practice 21st century skills, including information and communication skills; critical thinking and problem solving; and interpersonal and self-directional skills.
For more information, contact Regina Scotchie at (304) 558-5325 or the Communications Office at (304) 558-2699. Also visit the Social Studies Fair Web site at http://www.wvssfair.com for additional details.