Questia and the Chicago Metro History Education Center (CMHEC) team up for 2015 History Fair

Each year CMHEC serves thousands of students and hundreds of teachers from numerous schools in the Chicagoland area. They are given a chance to participate in its signature program, the Chicago Metro History Fair, at the school, regional, state and national levels.

Students are given the opportunity to think critically and creatively through their projects, which pique their interest due to having the freedom to select their topic. This year Questia is proud to serve as a sponsor in recognizing and encouraging young people to become lifelong learners and wise citizens.

What is CMHEC and its mission?

CMHEC is a Chicago-area run corporation that offers programs for teachers and students year-round to support project-based, inquiry methods of learning history. The mission of CMHEC is to spark students’ interest in the study of history, help them build high-level thinking skills, engage them in civic life and foster their intellectual self-confidence.

Contributions of History Fair

By completing an in-depth research project on the history of students’ community, either individually or in groups, they also benefit in building important skills in the process. Participation in History Fair helps students improve their reading, writing, thinking and presentation skills. They learn to confront questions of significance, validity, point of view, change over time, and cause and effect.

Other contributions include high academic achievement through participation. Skills developed in History Fair prepare students for college, careers, and citizenship through research, critical thinking, communication, and real-life problem-solving.

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, March 14, 2015: City Senior History Fair (Gr. 9-12) hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology: This day long competition features the work of 800 students from more than 60 Chicago high schools.
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015: Metro Senior Finals (Gr. 9-12) hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago: This prestigious event features the top 150 projects from high schools across the metropolitan area.
  • Sat, Apr. 25, 2015: Metro Junior History Fair (Gr. 6–8) hosted by Lane Tech College Prep High School: Middle school students present their projects at this event.
  • Thu, May 7, 2014: Illinois History Expo (Gr. 6–12) Springfield, Illinois: Chicago-area students compete against students from across the state.
  • Sun, May 17, 2015: History Fair Finalist Award Ceremony, hosted by the Chicago History Museum: Featuring awards and scholarships from area sponsors, the annual award ceremony celebrates the achievements of top high school participants.
  • June 14–18, 2015: National History Day Competition (Gr. 6–12) College Park, Maryland: Local students participate in the national competition.
  • June 26-July 10, 2015: Blue Ribbon Student Exhibition hosted by the Newberry Library: Thirty award winning projects will be on display, including occasional programming during which students will present their work to the public.

Additional links and references

Complete list of events and deadlines: http://www.chicagohistoryfair.org/history-fair/dates-and-deadlines.html

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