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Student participation in Social Studies programs and competitions can enhance their learning experiences within the disciplines, as well as provide opportunities to improve research and writing abilities, and increase academic experiences on post-secondary school applications.

  • Mon, 11/17/2014 - Sun, 11/23/2014

    Engage your students with their world during Geography Awareness Week!

    Visit the MAGE website, http://lt.umn.edu/mage/ or click on the link above to register.

  • Sat, 11/15/2014 - Tue, 01/20/2015
    The annual Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society contest is once again underway. The contest – sponsored in conjunction with the Minnesota State Bar’s Civil Litigation Section and the American Board of Trial Advocates – is open to all high school seniors in the state. Students will be competing for up to nine $500
    scholarships. This year’s contest asks students to address the following:
    In your opinion, should schools be allowed to discipline or suspend students based on something they posted on
    Facebook or some other social networking site? Or for something they said in an e-mail?
    Important Dates:
    Online contest registration begins: November 15, 2014 (Students interested in participating must register online)
    Online essay submission deadline: January 20, 2015
    Announcement of winners: March 1, 2015
    Visit the MN Supreme Court Historical Society website for more information.
  • Sat, 02/08/2014

    Questions about fair? Contact Amy Dombeck, Fair Coordinator E-mail: adombeck@gmail.com Phone: 612-756-0615 Questions about the Science Museum? Contact Maija Sedzielarz, SMM Fair Coordinator E-mail: maija@smm.org Phone: 651-221-4554 Questions about online registration? Contact Laura Kigin, MAGE program assistant MAGE/Geographer’s Fair Registration Macalester College Geography Department 1600 Grand Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105-1899 E-mail: kigin@macalester.edu

    MAGE’s Annual Geography Fair will be held on Saturday February 9th at the Science Museum of Minnesota from 9:00 to 12:00. Students in Grades K-8 are invited to participate in this annual event by creating a geography-themed project to showcase at the Science Museum’s Discovery Hall where it will be evaluated by supportive and encouraging geographers.
    Student participants (a maximum of 12 per school) receive free exhibit hall passes to the Science Museum of Minnesota for the day which includes the newly opened Future Earth, an exhibit exploring the potential impact that 9 billion people may have on the planet. OMNI passes are not included but students can view an OMNI film for an additional cost. Participants also receive a certificate of participation and take part in special geography-based activities. The event concludes with door prize drawings for both teachers and students given generously by fair sponsors.
    We hope you take advantage of this great opportunity to encourage budding geographers to take their learning to the next level in what is sure to be a fun morning and day at the Science Museum.
  • Mon, 02/03/2014
    Student Essay Contest open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District. Awards include: $100, $200, $300, $400, paid internship at the Minneapolis Fed, and publication in The Region magazine. Also cash incentives for teachers!
    2014 Theme: The Federal Reserve: The Next 100 Years
    -March 21, 2014: Student essays due
    -April 11, 2014: Finalists announced
    -May 2, 2014: Student Workshop and Awards Program, Minneapolis, Minn.
    Visit the Federal Reserve Bank website for more information or contact Joseph.Mahon@mpls.frb.org 
  • Mon, 01/27/2014
     In the Personal Finance Decathlon, teams of students compete online to demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance by taking an online test covering questions in 10 areas of personal finance. Winning teams are then invited to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis for the state championship with an opportunity to earn a trip to nationals in St. Louis, Missouri. 
    - January 27, 2014 – Online Registration Begins
    - March 3 - March 31, 2014 – Personal Finance Decathlon Online
    - April 14, 2014 – State Championship at Federal Reserve Bank, Mpls.
    - TBD – National Championship in St. Louis
  • Sat, 09/15/2012

    The Churchill Centre in the United States seeks to reward and to publish exemplary high-school history research papers with a focus on Winston Churchill or his works. Authors should seek to examine an aspect of Churchill's life or works in the context of his times. Such an approach might necessarily include analysis of, for example: his colleagues, both friends and adversaries; important political questions and events, both domestic and international; diplomatic issues; economics; and his speeches and writing. 

    Three prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $1000, $500 and $250 and winners will be announced annually on Churchill's birthday, November 30th. 2012 research papers must be submitted by September 15, 2012, which will allow ample time for revisions to promising papers submitted to teachers near the conclusion of the previous academic year (May/June 2012). (Papers are eligible for submission until September 15 following the author's graduation from secondary school.) Schools may submit no more than five papers each year.

    For information and guidelines, visit the Churchill Centre's website.

  • Mon, 11/22/2010

    The First Freedom Student Competition is a first-semester national essay contest, offering high-school students an opportunity to compete for a $3,000, $1,500 and $750 award, as they examine religious freedom, its history, current importance, and relevance in their lives.  The competition is open to students in the United States and U.S. territories, and to American schools and American home-schooled students worldwide.  We invite 9th - 12th grade students at all levels of academic placement to participate.

    Student registration is due November 22, 2010. Postmark deadline for mailing entries is November 27, 2010. Winners will be announced April 13, 2011.

  • Sat, 08/01/2009

    The Global Food Challenge, sponsored by Cargill, is an in-class curriculum that follows four units – Basic Economics of Food Markets, Economics of World Food Trade, Economics of Food Security, and Economics of Food Safety – that may culminate in a student project to be entered into a yearly competition.

  • Sat, 08/01/2009

    The Concord Review publishes academic research papers by secondary students. Submit history papers to The National Writing Board to be assessed by an independent academic expository writing standard endorsed by several Ivy League and other selective colleges and universities.

  • Sat, 08/01/2009

    Teams of students representing high schools are invited to compete in a series of challenging tests of their economic understanding and reasoning abilities. Participants compete in both individual and team categories. To register, contact your closest Center for Economic Education (http://www.mcee.umn.edu/about/statenetwork.html).

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