State Social Studies Fair and History Day
April 15, 2016
About the Fair
Exemplary education requires the reciprocal participation of the community and the student. Effective social studies education requires the engagement of the learner in the investigation of the social science issues.
West Virginia social studies education affords all students the opportunity to ask essential questions, recognize patterns of behavior, think critically, create solutions, predict outcomes and draw conclusions to help them learn to solve problems. With these opportunities in place, students of social studies will be prepared as participatory citizens of the 21st Century global society. The West Virginia State Social Studies Fair provides the opportunity for students to excel in these realms.
It is the intent of the social Studies fair to:
- Recognize and reward outstanding achievements of Social Studies students; Implement the Next Generation West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives for Social Studies (Policy 2520.4);
- Develop among participants an ability to apply the scientific method as it applies to social studies investigations;
- Challenge students to be inventive and think creatively; Provide relevance;
- Encourage students to demonstrate what they know and to observe what others throughout the state know regarding social studies content;
- Provide the opportunity for students to interpret the cultural, social, political, geographic and economic forces of historical and current issues and events and to understand more fully the nature of social studies;
- Encourage students to draw more heavily on all areas of social studies as a means of broadening and deepening their understanding of social science concepts and principles;
- Encourage students to practice information and communication skills, thinking and problem-solving skills, interpersonal and serf-directional skills;
- Provide a forum for student public speaking;
- Generate public interest in and appreciation for the broad interdisciplinary areas of social studies;
- Develop a greater public appreciation and understanding of the abilities of youth;
- Encourage global awareness, economic and civic literacies, health and wellness;
- Provide an opportunity for students to implement the 21st Century learning skills (Policy 2520.14);
- Encourage the utilization of technology tools where appropriate (Policy 2520.14).
Please visit the West Virginia State Social Studies Fair webpage for all information related to the fair: http://www.wvssfair.com. Listed below are some of the items you will find at the site.
- Coordinators, Students, Judges, Score cards, Abstract, Categories, Classifications, Project planning process, Hotel reservations and Driving directions, and the complete schedule for the April 16, 2016.
- State Social Studies Fair projects must be registered by March 31, 2016 using the State Social Studies Fair site, http://www.wvssfair.com.
- Remember many of the state rules have changed this year as well so be sure to read your rules carefully. Good luck to everyone. If you have questions or are unsure about anything please contact us immediately.
About National History Day
National History Day is now being coordinated through West Virginia University. For information on the national contest please visit www.nhd.org. For information on local and state history day competitions and to begin a history day program at your school please contact Melissa Bingman (Melissa.Bingman@mail.wvu.edu).
The National Contest is the final stage of a series of contests at local and state/affiliate levels. Students begin their journey by presenting their projects in classrooms, schools, and districts around the world. Top entries are invited to the state/affiliate level contests. The top two entries in every category at the state/affiliate level are then invited to the National Contest. The 2018 National Contest will be held June 10-14, 2018 at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Each year nearly 3,000 students with their families and teachers gather at the University of Maryland, College Park for the week-long event. These enthusiastic groups come from all fifty United States, Washington, D.C., Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia. The excitement can be felt across the campus. After spending months on project research and preparation, and competing at local and affiliate contests, these students are eager to show their hard work at the National Contest.
National History Day motivates students to discover history by:
- Cultivating interest: students research a topic of their choice
- Developing research skills: students act as historians discovering how to uncover primary sources, build historical context and form historical interpretations
- Becoming experts on their research topic: presenting their research to teachers, students and historians
- Achieving success
- The shy student gains confidence when speaking about a topic he/she has research.
- The apathetic student gains passion by choosing a topic of personal interest.
- The high achieving student increases his/her ability to articulate their learning through presentation.
Questions to: Melissa Bingman (Melissa.Bingman@mail.wvu.edu)
Coordinator, Allegra Kazemzadeh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Assistant, Mary Wilkins (email@example.com)
Office of Middle/Secondary Learning
Phone: 304-558-5325 FAX: 304-558-1834
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Building 6 Room 603, Charleston, WV 25305