Brazos Valley Regional History Fair
February 10, 2017
Sponsored by Star of the Republic Museum
WHAT IS IT?
The BRAZOS VALLEY REGIONAL HISTORY FAIR is one step on the road to NATIONAL HISTORY DAY® competition. After entering their local school history fair, winning students from Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Waller, Washington, and part of Madison Counties may advance to the BRAZOS VALLEY REGIONAL HISTORY FAIR at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Those winners will compete for advancement to Texas History Day in Austin, sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association. State winners will then travel to the NATIONAL HISTORY DAY® competition at the University of Maryland, just outside our nation’s capital!
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY ® (NHD) is a year-long, non-profit education program dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of history. This project-based program helps students develop critical thinking and research skills, and provides an excellent opportunity to master the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS.)
Students participating in the NHD contest choose their own topics of study related to an annual theme, conduct extensive research, and choose the best method for displaying their findings. Projects can be done individually or as a group. A group consists of from two to five students. Project categories include: historical paper (individuals only), exhibit, documentary, performance and interpretive website. The junior division is for grades 6-8 and the senior division is for grades 9-12.
WHERE IS IT?
The BRAZOS VALLEY REGIONAL HISTORY FAIR will be held at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, off Hwy. 105, between Brenham and Navasota. Located at the site where fifty-nine brave men declared Texas a free and independent country, this tranquil park provides a beautiful setting for your historic experience! Judging will take place in the Park Conference Center, Education Center, and the Star of the Republic Museum. Participants will also be able to visit Barrington Living History Farm, Independence Hall, and the Visitors Center/Gift Shop while at the Park.
WHEN IS IT?
Students must have participated in a local school fair in order to qualify for the Regional Fair. Each individual school is responsible for setting a date for their local competition, but it typically occurs approximately one month before the regional fair.
The BRAZOS VALLEY REGIONAL HISTORY FAIR 2017 is Friday, February 10.
Both the Junior and Senior divisions of the state competition, Texas History Day, will be in Austin in late April or early May, 2017, and the National History Day® competition will be in early June at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.
HOW ARE ENTRIES JUDGED?
Students select a topic related to the annual theme, which for the 2016-2017 school year is "Taking a Stand in History." Judges prefer a topic that is unique or different, and can be well researched. The quality and quantity of sources cited in the bibliography are important. The use of primary sources is a necessary element of the research. All rules and guidelines are mandated by NHD. The guidelines for each category of project can be found at: http://www.nhd.org.
Failure to adhere to the guidelines will be considered by the judges when ranking the entries. Sample judging forms can be found on the NHD website as well. Regardless of which category a student enters, the project will be evaluated on the basis of historical quality, clarity of presentation, adherence to theme, and rules compliance. Students may make changes according to the judges’ comments before advancing to the next level of competition.
HOW DO I ENTER?
Teachers, if you are interested in having your students participate and need more information, please contact the Regional Coordinator early in the semester! Additional resources can be provided to assist your students.
The local schools are responsible for selecting the final entries to compete at the regional fair. Each school is limited to three(3) entries PER CATEGORY per division.
All registration will be done online. Teachers or sponsors must enter their students' names into the system before the students can register. For informaton on how to register, teachers and students should contact the Regional Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An entry fee of $8 PER STUDENT is required. Please send one check per school, with a list of all students covered by the check. Checks should be made out to “Star of the Republic Museum” and MUST BE POSTMARKED by January 13, 2017.
Please mail entry fees to:
BVRHF Regional Coordinator
Star of the Republic Museum
P. O. Box 317
Washington, TX 77880
The entry deadline for the regional fair is January 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. All forms must be submitted online by that time. HISTORICAL PAPERS AND WEBSITES ARE DUE BY THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE to allow time for pre-judging. NO EXCEPTIONS! PLEASE be sure students' schedules will allow them to participate before they register!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Brazos Valley Regional History Fair Regional Coordinator
phone: (936) 878-2461, ext. 237
fax: (936) 878-2462