ABC-CLIO has announced the launch of History Uncovered, its new annual research competition for secondary students. The developer and publisher of history research databases will award more than $60,000 in cash and prizes in this competition for teams of secondary students working in collaboration with their social studies teachers and school library media specialists.
The topic for the inaugural competition is "Select the top 10 people, events or places that have shaped the course of history." Coached by their teacher and/or school library media specialist, student teams will identify their choices and then defend them and present their research findings to ABC-CLIO in an electronic format such as a slide show, online essay, video or animation, or an audio podcast. Entries should be submitted in standards-aligned curriculum categories for high school and middle grades. For high school, the categories are U.S. History, Ancient World History, Modern World History, U.S. Government and Civics, and Geography. For middle grades, the categories are Ancient Civilizations, World History, and U.S. History and Government.
To conduct their research, teams must use and cite one or more of ABC-CLIO’s eight online history databases. For schools not currently subscribing to the databases, free access to all eight databases is available for 90 days. Entries will be judged in April 2009 by a panel of historians and history educators, and grand-prize winners will be announced in May 2009.
High school and middle grades grand-prize winning teams will receive a digital whiteboard, a $500 school site cash award, a one-year subscription to ABC-CLIO’s history databases and a student cash award for each participating team member. There will be five high school grand-prize winners and three middle grades grand-prize winners – one per curriculum-aligned category.
All grand-prize winning entries will be showcased online in the "History Uncovered Hall of Fame." In addition, two additional entries per category for both high school and middle grades teams will be awarded a place in the "Hall of Fame" and will receive school site cash awards, as well as cash awards for student team members.
To participate and be eligible for the grand prizes as well as four monthly prize drawings, teams should visit www.abc-clio.com/historyuncovered to register. More information about the competition rules and requirements is also available on that site. All entries must be submitted by March 30, 2009.
Source: ABC-CLIO, www.abc-clio.com