Around the world, middle school and high school students are taking their learning beyond the textbook with the annual National History Day Contest. This project-based contest provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their historical research skills through one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, and website. Guided by an annual theme, students are encouraged to choose a topic that matches their personal interests. The 2017 theme is Taking a Stand in History. Students enter their projects in contests at the local level, with the top entries advancing to state/affiliate and national levels. Along the way, students compete for honors, awards, and thousands of dollars in scholarships. The best entries from around the world will be invited to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in June 2017 at the University of Maryland, College Park. To assist students and teachers, National History Day has developed a number of free resources, including a booklet that explains the 2017 National History Day Contest theme and offers instructional insight for teachers on how to best incorporate the theme into classroom activities, as well as videos from multiple organizations to help students choose a topic that relates to the theme and conduct research.
Deadlines: For details on contest dates and submission deadlines, contact your NHD state/affiliate coordinator
The world’s most famous citadel, the Acropolis of Athens, was built in Ancient Greece in the fifth century BCE. With the freeAcropolis Interactive 3D app, students can explore this great work of architecture along with events of the past.
The Bill of Rights Institute rewards students who rise to the challenge of tackling some of the most compelling questions of our time. This year’s We the Students Essay Contest challenges students to tell what civil discourse means to them.
The New Leaders Initiative offers innovative youth programming across the United States, with the goal of engaging, growing, and supporting environmental and social justiceyouth activists so that they can reach the highest version of themselves.