More than 700 L.A. County 4th–12th grade students from 45 schools come together to explore history and deliver presentations at the 34th annual History Day L.A. Azusa Pacific University and the Los Angeles County Office of Education host the event on Sat., March 1, 2014, on West Campus, located at 701 E. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa. Throughout the day, historical re-enactments will take place on the West Campus lawn, bringing to life important events studied in textbooks.

History Day L.A. is part of a national program that invites students to prepare poster exhibits, papers, websites, performances, and documentary presentations. This year’s theme is “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” APU students will work with participants in developing research skills, utilizing primary sources, and forming historical interpretations. Community members and social science professionals will judge students’ presentations, providing an enriching learning experience and a chance for students to meet high academic standards.

Winning students in the elementary, junior, and senior categories compete during California History Day in Sacramento. Junior and senior state winners have the opportunity to share their work at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at University of Maryland.

“Teachers can utilize History Day projects to easily assess the knowledge and skills of their students and begin to connect the new Common Core Standards,” said David Landers, assistant professor in APU’s School of Education and director of History Day L.A. “The students that present History Day projects become experts on their research topic. In turn, APU students take part in a hands-on history program that gives them a unique glimpse of innovative educational practices and student learning abilities.”