Azusa, Calif. —Azusa Pacific University and the Los Angeles County Office of Education will host the 30th annual History Day L.A. on Saturday, March 13, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This history-based learning experience includes a scholastic competition for Los Angeles County youth grades 4-12. The event will take place on APU’s West Campus with more than 700 student participants and 2,000 total guests from nearly 50 participating Los Angeles County schools. The theme this year, “2010 Innovation in History: Impact and Change,” focuses on encouraging students to research new inventions, discoveries, or approaches to any facet of life.
Students from each grade submit projects for History Day L.A. that visually illustrate historical themes. The projects, which include presentations and performances, are judged by community members and social science professionals, and teachers can utilize History Day projects to easily assess the knowledge and skills of their students.
Throughout the day, historical re-enactments take place on the West Campus lawn to give students a tangible representation of the events they study in textbooks. Historical organizations on site include the New Buffalo Soldiers, Pacific Asian Museum, Chinese Historical Society, Heritage Trails Association, Vermont Volunteers, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Wells Fargo Stage Coach. The students have the opportunity to practice drills with the soldiers, learn how to make a quilt, and learn English Country dancing.
Winners in the elementary, junior, and senior categories go on to compete at the California History Day, and state winners in junior and senior categories then travel to the University of Maryland in June to participate in National History Day.
Students, teachers, and parents attending this year’s History Day L.A. will have a chance to view student exhibits, historical performances and documentaries, and attend the awards ceremony. Also on hand will be live historical character interpretations and the Azusa Pacific University Presidential Signature Collection.
History Day L.A. is part of a national program that gives students an opportunity to explore history through creative and original productions on specific historical themes. This marks the fifth year Azusa Pacific has served as the host site.
For more information, contact David Landers at (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5666.
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