Maine National History Day (NHD), sponsored by the University of Maine Humanities Center and the Margaret Chase Smith Library, is an annual event for teachers and students in grades 6-12 that promotes critical thinking skills through project-based learning. Students choose a category–website, paper, exhibit, documentary film, or performance–and compete in a statewide event held at the University of Maine each spring. The top finishers in each category travel to Baltimore, MD for the national-level competition in the early summer.
Why do History Day with your students? Because it adheres to a variety of academic standards, instructors can use History Day techniques in their classrooms to foster presentation and critical thinking skills. This project-based learning experience allows students to choose their own topic (and become experts on that topic), develop research skills, and gain confidence and new skills.
Become a History Day Judge
Sign up now to be a judge for the 2016 Maine National History Day competition, to be held at the University of Maine, Orono, on Saturday, April 9. Whether you’ve been a judge for several years running or have never experienced the excitement and reward of History Day, we encourage you to take a few minutes to join the 2016 team. It’s an inspiring experience!
National History Day is currently looking for judges to assist in assessing middle and high school student research projects. Anyone involved in the historical field, including librarians, archivists, curators, educators, etc., are welcome to participate. It is a daylong event and the experience is very rewarding. An orientation will take place the day of the contest, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Judge registration closes March 18, so don’t wait! You can sign up to volunteer here.
For questions about judging, contact: John Taylor, Maine NHD Coordinator, 207-474-7133.