Each year around this time, more than 500,000 students in grades four through 12 take part in National History Day contests throughout the U.S.

If you haven’t heard of National History Day, the program challenges students — both as individuals and in teams — to conduct extensive research on historical topics before submitting papers, exhibits, performances, websites and even documentaries for judging. Events are held annually at the local, county, state and national levels under a specific theme, this year’s being “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.”

Rob Vicario, OCDE’s history and social science coordinator, tells us more in our latest installment of “OCDE in 30 Seconds.”


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