CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hundreds of students from across West Virginia presented their research projects on various topics Friday at the Charleston Civic Center in one of the nation’s longest-running statewide social studies fairs.
The fair, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), is for students in third through 12th grades. Categories include anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, state and local studies, U.S. history and world history. Student projects include individual and small group presentations.
Competing students first won their school and county events and placed first in one of eight regional fairs in their respective division, category and project type. Projects are judged on oral presentation, theme and research, display, and abstract.
The State Social Studies Fair is designed to recognize and reward the outstanding achievements of social studies students and encourage students to practice 21st century skills, including information and communication skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and interpersonal and self-directional skills.
The WVDE started the fair in 1977 in conjunction with Marshall University and with input from a group of West Virginia social studies teachers. The first fairs were in Huntington and were later moved to Charleston.
Official results of the fair can be found at http://wvssfair.com/archive.html.
For additional information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.