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This years fair theme is:


Students may select a topic on any aspect of local, regional, national, or world
history. But whatever topic is chosen, the project must clearly relate to the
The Social Studies Fair is an exciting learning opportunity encouraging students
to explore a self-chosen topic in History. The school fair may also be a stepping
stone to the Volusia County Social Studies Fair and the state and national
The final product a student submits for the school or county fair MUST BE THEIR
OWN WORK. Students are encouraged to explore ideas with parents, teachers,
and friends and may ask them for help in locating information; however, the final
product must be their own.
The following questions will help students in considering their topic choice and
beginning to work on their project:
How is my topic important?
How does my topic relate to the theme?
How did my topic influence history?
After working on the project, the following questions will help students to evaluate
and improve upon their work:

Is my entry historically accurate?

Is my entry original, creative, and imaginative?
Is my written material clear, grammatical, and correctly spelled?
Did I follow all of the rules for my type of project?

Social Studies Fair

Project Timeline
Where do I begin? READ the Fair Guidelines (packet)!
Then what?

*Choose your subject or theme in history. (Use suggested topics in

Guidelines, if you wish). When? AT LEAST by_____________.


Spend at least 3 hours researching in at least 3 different places.

(i.e., the public library, the school library, and the internet.)
*This is the MOST IMPORTANT part of the project! Beautiful projects with
no knowledge to support them are useless.
When? By ________________.


Purchase all the supplies you will need and begin putting together your
project. When? By ___________________.

Hint: Thanksgiving Break is a good time for you to get the bulk of your
project done, if not finish it altogether.

Completely finish your paper and your project is it neat and presentable?
Is it creative? Does it meet all of the standards and requirements laid out in
the Guidelines? Review your research and make sure you understand
important facts about your topic for the class presentation. When? By

*ALL PROJECTS are DUE on _______________!*

Note: Written passages on posters and reports must be the original work of the
student. Only pictures may be cut and pasted from the Internet (and then, in a
tasteful and minimalist way). No text passages may be printed, cut, and pasted
on posters, exhibits, or reports.

Social Studies Fair Project

Information Sheet


I will be doing the following type of project (choose & circle one):



3-d map




If craft, what will you be making?__________________________


My subject of choice is __________________________________


How does this topic relate to the theme of EXPLORATION, ENCOUNTER,



Any additional questions:

Social Studies Fair Categories

There are five categories from which students may choose one for their fair
project: Posters, Maps, 3-D Maps, Crafts, Exhibits, and Performances.
**All entries must be accompanied by a title page and a written explanation of why
the topic was chosen, how the research was conducted, how the project was
made, and its relationship to the theme (approx. 500 words, see pages 8-9).**
The paper should also include important facts about the topic and what the
student learned. A short bibliography should accompany the paper (directions for
bibliographies are in the teacher version of the fair guide) see the sample on
page 10 of this guide. Students should be prepared to answer questions about
their topic and present their knowledge aloud to the class.
If the student chooses a poster, the following rules apply:
POSTERS: Entries must be produced on a standard poster board of size 22 x
28. A poster is a creative visual interpretation of the topic as it relates to the
theme. Words on the poster should be used MINIMALLY and do not have to be
used at all. Pictures may be hand-drawn or printed images. Posters are judged
on these criteria: historical content, overall appearance, creativity, originality, and
relation to the theme.
If the student chooses a map, the following rules apply:
MAPS: Entries must be one-dimensional and be on standard size poster board
(22 x 28) or foam board (20 x 30). Map must be hand-drawn. The map must
include a title, compass rose, legend, and scale (if appropriate). Maps are judged
on the following criteria: historical accuracy, appearance, creativity, originality, and
relation to the theme.
If a student chooses three-dimensional map, the following rules apply:
3-D MAPS: Entries must be no larger than 22 x 30. Map must be hand-drawn or
Map must include a title, compass rose, legend, and scale (if
appropriate). 3-d maps are judged on the following criteria: historical accuracy,
appearance, creativity, originality, and relation to the theme.
If a student chooses a craft, the following rules apply:
CRAFTS: Entries are typically handmade items such as quilts, needlework,
costumes, flags, period furniture, metal ware, candles, soap, etc. The overall size
of a craft project may not exceed 40 inches wide, 30 inches deep, and 6 feet high.
Crafts are judged based on the following criteria: overall appearance, creativity,
originality, and relation to the theme.

If a student chooses an exhibit, the following rules apply:

EXHIBITS: An exhibit is a visual representation of your research and your topics
significance in history much like a small museum exhibit. Labels and captions
should be used creatively with drawn or collected pictures and objects to enhance
the message of your project. The overall size of your exhibit when displayed must
be no larger then 40 inches wide, 30 inches deep, and 6 feet high. Circular and
rotating projects must be no larger then 30 inches in diameter. Exhibits are
judged on the following criteria: historical quality, overall appearance, creativity,
originality, and relation to the theme.
If a student chooses a performance, the following rules apply:
PERFORMANCES: A performance is a dramatic portrayal of your topic's
significance in history, and must be original in composition. Students can
represent specific historical people and/or events. This category is divided into
individual and group competition. Performances are judged on the following
criteria: historical quality, relation to theme, clarity of presentation, and rules
compliance. For specific details about costumes, time limits, etc, read the
elementary student fair guide.


All Social Studies Fair projects are due ____________ and will be available for
viewing the evening of ______________. If a students project is chosen for the
Volusia County Social Studies Fair, the student and students family will be
notified and informed of any changes or further work that needs to be done on the
project. The County Fair will be held at Mainland High School Friday (set-up) &
Saturday (judging), FEBRUARY 26 & 27th.

Notes regarding parent help:

Parents are expected to guide, advise, brainstorm and discuss ideas with their
child through the process to make sure projects are quality and the experience is
Parents are not to write or draw on the actual project. Instead, a child can use
stencils, trace pictures, use overhead, copy from a simplified drawing or print
headings from a computer for neatness. Anything the child is capable of
attempting should be done by the child. Exceptions might be using sharp
tools, ironing, sewing, hot glue guns or other safety-related tasks.

If we do posters, posters exhibits and maps should be colorful, leave no empty

spaces, be neat, have some headings or captions, have a large identifiable title,
demonstrate effort and time spent, added decorative touches like borders and
framing drawings with colored construction paper.

Sample title page, entry description, and bibliography:

Project Space-

A History of Projects Mercury,

Gemini, & Apollo
Student Name
Elementary Division
Individual Exhibit

I became interested in the space program when I went to Kennedy Space Center this
past summer. During this first trip, I learned a lot about rockets and I took a lot of
When I decided to do my project on the space program, we took a second trip to
Kennedy Space Center for more information. During this trip, I went on the Then and
Now Tour. The Then and Now Tour is a tour where they show how the Space program
began. From this tour I got information from the tour guide and a lot of pictures from the
early space program.
Later, I got exact mini replicas of the rockets and books of the early space
projects. I also got more information from old newspapers at the library, and from a
movie titled, The Right Stuff.
I started organizing the report by reading and summarizing the books.
I took the information that I summarized and I turned it into a timeline. I put the pictures
in order from Mercury to Gemini to Apollo. I also added captions to explain the pictures.
With the extra information and pictures, I put them in a scrapbook. I set up the mini
rocket exhibit to show what the rockets looked like. Finally, I wrote the report about the
history of the space
The theme of the social studies projects is Frontiers in History. A frontier is an
unexplored place or area. The frontier of my project is space and the moon. The
frontiersmen were the astronauts on the rockets; Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy were
also frontiersmen. One, by starting the space program, and the other by challenging the
people of the space program to go to the moon. The Russian cosmonauts were also
frontiersmen for their country by exploring space.
We did explore the new frontier and we havent stopped. We went on and are still
going on today to explore new space frontiers.

Armstrong, Neil, Buzz Alsrin, and Michael Collins. First Explorers On The Moon.
National Geographic. Dec. 1969: Vol. 136, No. 6
Glen, John. Personal interview. 8 May 1996.
Kennedy, John F. John F. Kennedy: Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National
Needs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. May 10, 1996.

Launius, Roger. NASA History. (Online) Available January 16,

Sipiera, Diane M., and Paul S. Sipiera. Project Gemini. New York: Childrens Press
Sipiera, Diane M., and Paul S. Sipeira. Project Mercury. New York: Childrens
Press, 1997.
Sipiera, Diane M., and Paul S. Sipeira. Project Apollo. New York: Childrens
Press, 1997.
Young, Roy. Cape Canaveral: Then and Now Tour Guide. 13 January 2001.




Entries must first address county fair theme and then specifically address special awards criteria.
Islamic Center of Daytona Beach
Awards are for individuals or groups with topics pertaining to Islamic history and the fair theme.
First - $TBD
Second - $TBD
Third - $TBD
Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties, Inc.
The Asia Doliner Holocaust Memorial Fund
All awards are for best depiction of a Holocaust or Jewish History theme.
Three Elementary Schools Awards- $TBD
Three Middle School Awards - $TBD
Three High School Awards - $TBD
League of Women Voters
First- $TBD Elementary School exhibit relating to the theme of Representative Government
First- $TBD Middle School exhibit relating to the theme of Representative Government
First- $TBD High School exhibit relating to the theme of Representative Government
Lou Frey Institute
Cash Prizes to be determined
Prizes to be determined
Nystrom Map and Globe Award
Students in the Map, and 3-D Map categories are eligible for a prizes that can include gift
certificates, maps and globes.
Pilot Club
First -


Elementary Individual Performance

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Social Studies Achievement Awards for best projects relating to Florida
maritime history (naval history, sea exploration, commerce, fishing etc. It also may include
histories of ships, navigation, lighthouses and aids to navigation, the social history of sailors and
sea-related communities, as well as area maritime themes in literature.)
First Prize 4th grade = $TBD, recognition in Quarterly Newsletter and a 1 year family
membership to the lighthouse
First Prize Middle School = $TBD, recognition in Quarterly Newsletter and a 1 year family
membership to the lighthouse
First Prize High School = $TBD, recognition in Quarterly Newsletter and a 1 year family
membership to the lighthouse



The following is not an exhaustive list but simply a set of suggestions. Students can
choose from these topics or use these to help them brainstorm for other ideas.
Students are free to choose from a broad range of individuals, groups, or documents
relating to the theme.
National Topics Some topics excerpted from National History Day
New Spain and the Comanche: Encounters, Missions, and Conquests
The Spark that Ignited a Flame: Chinas Explosion into Gunpowder
Roger Williams: The Exploration to Establish Rhode Island and Provide Religious
Mansa Musa: Exploring Africa
Encounter and Exchange of Religious Ideas between Puritans and Native
Americans in New England
Jesuit Missionary Matteo Ricci: Italy and China Exchange Philosophy and
Catherine the Greats Encounters with Voltaire and the Enlightenment
Commodore Matthew Perry and Exchange with Japan
The Exchange of Disease: Encounters between Europeans and Native Americans
in the Colonial Era
Catherine of Siena and Gregory XI: The Exchange that Returned the Church to
James Cook and the European Encounter with Oceania
How the Encounter of the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair Led to the War of 1812
Venice 1348: A Global Encounter, a Deadly Exchange
Exploration and Ice: Encountering the North Pole
The Silk Road and Cultural Exchange
Encountering New Spain: Manifest Destiny and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Exploring the Galapagos: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution
American Missionaries, China, and Religious Encounters
Brigham Young, Mormonism, and Westward Expansion
Ada Lovelace: Exploring Computer Programming in 1840s England
Galileo: Exploring the Universe, Encountering Resistance
Athens and Sparta: Military Encounter and Exchange
Exploring the Nation: The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Rudolf Roessler: The Allies Exchange with an Undercover German Decoder
An Encounter with Fanaticism: John Doyle Lee and the Arkansas Mountain
Meadows Massacre
Exploring Disease: Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine
The New York Stock Exchange: Money as Power
Margaret Mead: Exploring Human Development
Diplomatic Encounter: The SALT Talks
Exchange between France and the United States: The Louisiana Purchase



Exploring African-American Culture: The Harlem Renaissance
Intimate Exchange: Abigail and John Adams
Expanding the Boundaries of Dance: Martha Graham
Rosalind Franklin: Exploring the Human Genome, Encountering Prejudice
Exploring New Technologies: Andrew Carnegies Steel Empire
Exploring America: Immigration
Nelson Mandelas Encounters with Apartheid
Exploring an Empire: Hammurabis Expansion of Mesopotamia
Patterns of Exploration and Encounter: French Jesuits in Canada
Turkey and the Armenian Genocide: a Violent Encounter of Religious Difference
on Close Borders
The Artistic Exploration: Bierstadt and Morans Journey and the Creation of
Yellowstone National Park
The Zimmermann Telegram: The Exchange that Broke Down American
Reynolds v. United States: The Encounter between Polygamy and Law
Encounter in Little Rock: Desegregating Central High School
Encountering Communism: The Creation of NATO
Minersville School District v. Gobitis: When Idolatry Encounters Patriotism
Exchanging Musical Performance for Morale: Captain Glenn Millers
Contribution to World War II
The Exchange between Congress and the Executive: Who Decides to Fight a
The Iran-Contra Affair and the Controversial Exchange of Hostages for Arms
Waco: The Deadly Encounter between the Branch- Dravidians and the FBI
Apollo 13: Exploration in Space
Pop Art: The Exchange of Consumerism and Culture
Impressment: The Unwanted Exchange between Great Britain and the United
Encountering a New Religion: Spanish Catholic Missionaries in the Americas
World War II War Brides: The Exchange of Cultures
Peace of Westphalia: The Exchange that Ended the Thirty Years War
Roanoke: When Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange Went Terribly Wrong
Encountering a New Society: The Idea of Republican Motherhood
The Sinn Fin Party and their Exploration of Irish Independence
The Monroe Doctrine: How Isolationism Impacted the Exploration, Encounters,
and Exchanges of a New Nation
Gibbons v. Ogden: Steamboat Encounters and Exploration of the Commerce
Dorothea Dix: Exploring the Injustices for Herself to Promote Institutional
The Marshall Plan: Rebuilding Europes Economy through Exchange



Exploring their Rights and Encountering Change: Women of the 1920s
Disproportionate Exchange: Slaves and the Triangle Trade
Political Exchange: Jimmy Carter and the Camp David Accords
The Berlin Conference: Colonization and Exploration of Africa
Encountering Two Worlds at the Berlin Wall
Zheng He: How Chinas Brief Period of Exploration Led to Centuries of
19th Amendment Suffragettes: Exploring New Methods of Protest

Explanation of the Theme

-taken from the National History Day web site

National History Day 2016 Theme:

Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History
National History Day welcomes you to explore the theme, Exploration, Encounter,
Exchange in History, during the 2015-2016 academic year. This theme is broad
enough in scope to encourage investigation of topics ranging from local to world
history and across any geographic area or time period. Consider this theme an
invitation to look across time, space, and geography to find examples in history of
when people took a risk and made a change.
You can begin brainstorming for possible topics by thinking about subjects you are
interested in, whether it is science, sports, art, travel, culture, or even specific people.
Make note of any areas of interest, creating a list of possible subjects. Talking with
your classmates, teachers, and parents about your list can help you narrow down your
selection. Throughout this process, keep in mind that your topic must relate to
Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History and must be historical, not a current
A million ideas flood your mind when you think about exploration, encounter, and
exchange, especially because they can mean many different things. So let us first look
at them one at a time.


National History Day 2016 Theme:

Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History
Exploration likely conjures up visions of travelers setting out on a journey to discover
new lands. Consider the voyages of Vasco da Gama, Hernn Cortz, or Ferdinand
Magellan. Certainly we can see this in Christopher Columbus attempt to find a
quicker sea route to the Indies, where spices and other desired goods could be found
and then sold back in Europe. Of course, we know that while the original goal of that
exploration was not achieved, Columbus and his party did succeed in transforming the
Americas, Europe, and Africa forever. Can you think of other examples where
exploration led to unforeseen consequences?
Exploration also can be examined in the field of science. Researchers are constantly
undertaking scientific explorations to find new medications or possible cures for
diseases such as cancer. How did Jonas Salks exploration into a vaccine for polio lead
to better industry standards in producing vaccines? How did the work of Francis
Watson and James Crick in exploring the structure of DNA lead to cracking the code of
the human genome? Consider Sigmund Freuds exploration of psychoanalysis and the
developments of various theorists in the field of psychology.
The search for new modes of movement has captivated humans since the beginnings
of recorded time. This form of exploration has resulted in the invention of a variety of
vehicles that could make excellent topic choices. From the invention of the wheel to
the development of the space shuttle and the International Space Station, there is a
range of explorations, encounters, and exchanges. How did the design of the longships
affect the Vikings encounters with non-Vikings? Ships, trains, cars, airplanes, and
rockets each dramatically transformed ideas about what kinds of exploration were
possible. In addition, new routes, pathways, and roads played a pivotal role in helping
certain transportation options grow in usefulness or popularity. How did the Erie
Canal increase encounters and exchanges between different areas within the United
States? Once the interstate highways were built, how did they affect travel in the
United States?
Exploration does not need to be literalthink of exploration as a new idea, concept, or
theory that is tested. This idea can come from the fields of politics, economics, or
military science. Consider the ways that political campaigns explored the use of radio,
and later television and the internet, to introduce candidates to the public. How did
the economic theory of mercantilism drive the exploration of the Americas and
exploitation of the resources found there? How did new advancements in both strategy
and technology influence the outcome of the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II?


National History Day 2016 Theme:

Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History
Exploration, of course, almost always leads to encounterswith different peoples,
unfamiliar environments, and new ideas. Encounters are often unexpected and
unpredictable, and they reveal much about those involved.
When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began exploring western North America in
1804, Americans knew little of the vast territory west of the Mississippi River. The
explorers encounter with that region, however, was shaped in part by individuals like
Sacagawea, a Shoshone woman who understood the land and its inhabitants, and
served as a guide and translator for Lewis and Clark. How did she influence the
expeditions encounters with other Native Americans? With the plants and animals
they encountered along the way? How did Lewis and Clarks notes and drawings of the
geography, wildlife, and inhabitants influence the encounters of later Americans?
Many times encounters involve peoples, plants, and animals that have not previously
interacted. How did Matteo Riccis efforts at understanding Chinese culture affect his
encounter with the Chinese intelligentsia? Consider the major effects on world history
resulting from the Columbian Exchange, when people, plants, microbes, animals, food,
religions, and cultures moved across continents.
Often exploration leads to occupation or subjugation of other groups of people.
Consider the encounters between the Romans and the Germanic tribes of Europe. How
did the Mongols, Aztecs, or Incas interact with their neighbors? What factors influence
whether a new encounter is seen as a positive exchange or as a disastrous
occurrence? Consider the event from both sides and analyze the perspectives of both
the conquerors and the conquered.
Encounters also occur between familiar parties. How did the political, social, and
cultural differences between the Athenians and the Spartans, differences with which
each side was familiar, affect the way the Peloponnesian Wars were waged? How do
military encounters differ from environmental and cultural encounters in their
consequences? How have these encounters remained the same across time, and how
have they varied with changing historical circumstances? How did the horrific
encounter with trench warfare in World War I lead to new strategies ranging from
bombing campaigns to blitzkrieg?
It is impossible to make a journey of exploration, encounter new ideas, and not have
some ideas exchanged between the groups of people.


National History Day 2016 Theme:

Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History
Encounters can lead to many types of exchanges, whether it be goods, food, ideas,
disease, or gunfire. The Silk Road, a series of ancient routes connecting the lands
bordering the Pacific Ocean to those of the Mediterranean Sea, formed a means of
exchange between European, Eurasian, and Asian peoples for more than a thousand
years. The Silk Road brought gunpowder, the magnetic compass, printing press, and
silk to the West. To China, it brought precious stones, furs, and horses. One of the
roads best known travelers, Marco Polo, recorded his observations in his Travels of
Marco Polo. But as we know, exchange is not necessarily mutually beneficial.
When Europeans were exploring the New World, they brought with them diseases such
as smallpox and measles that were contracted by many members of the native tribes
they encountered. Having no previous exposure to these illnesses, the natives immune
systems could not naturally fight these diseases, nor did native healers have the
knowledge to treat them. As a result, many natives perished because of their
encounter and exchange with the Europeans.
But exchanges do not happen only in the physical realm. The sharing of ideas, beliefs,
and customs can have widespread consequences for the people and cultures involved.
Consider the spread of any of the worlds major religions. Sometimes the exchange of
new or controversial ideas within a society can have a significant effect on how that
society thinks and acts. What changes occur within the society because of that
exchange? How did Charles Darwins theory of evolution, for example, lead to the
cultural conflicts of the 1920s?
Politics also can be an area of dramatic exchange. In 1971 the American table tennis
team, in Japan for the world championships, was unexpectedly invited by the Chinese
team to visit the Peoples Republic of China. At that time it had been more than 20
years since a group of Americans had been invited to China, since the Communist
takeover in 1949. How did that exchange help President Richard Nixon renew
diplomatic relations with China? Did it lead to future encounters and exchanges
between the two countries? Establishing relationships is often a major part of new
encounters and exchanges.
As you can see, all three elements in this years themeexploration, encounter,
exchangeare closely related. Try to find examples of each in your chosen topic,
though you should note that some topics will lend themselves to focus mainly on one
area. You are not required to address all of these elements in your project. Remember
that you are not just reporting the past, but you are investigating, searching, digging
deeper into the research to thoroughly understand the historical significance of your
topic and support your thesis. You will need to ask questions about time and place,
cause and effect, and change over time, as well as impact. To truly grasp your topic,
think about not just when and how events happened, but why they happened and
what effect they had. Your project should be able to answer the all-important question
of So what? Why was your topic important, and why should we study or understand
its effects today? Answers to these questions will help guide you as you
conduct your research and decide how to present your information.


Be sure to review rules for all categories, and the specific rules for your category.
Students may enter only one category.

Three Dimensional

Individual Only
Must be present for

Individual & Group
(2-5 students per group)

Bowl Competition

Uses standard poster board or parchment paper

Size 22x 28
One-dimensional (flat)
Size 22x 28 or 20x 30
Size 22x 28 or 20x 30
3 dimensional (not flat)
Handmade (simple machines & tools may be used, nothing computer
Size Not to exceed 40 wide, 30 deep or 6 high
Written explanation of craft
No larger than 40 wide, 30 deep, and 6 high when displayed
3 copies (plus one for you) of written materials: title page required
information; up to 500 word description of the research methods used
(a judging team may retain one copy for review)
Project addresses the theme
Title is clear and visible
Has visual impact and shows interpretations
Name, teacher name, and school name listed on entry card
Prepared to answer judges questions at the contest (remember that formal
narratives are not appropriate responses to questions)
10 minute maximum for performance
Maximum 5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to take down
3 copies (plus one for you) of written materials: title page with required
information; up to 500 word description of research methods used
(a judging team may retain one copy for review)
Performance addresses the theme
All props and equipment student supplied
Only student entrants run equipment and are involved in the performance
Extra supplies and materials in case of emergency
Names and addresses of all group participants listed on entry card
Prepared to answer judges questions at the contest (remember that formal
narratives are not appropriate responses to questions)
Four students per team (one alternate player allowed)