For Immediate Release
January 21, 2014
Contact: William A. Bevacqua
(860) 246-1553, ext. 107
Rocking Robots, Invention Convention & Hands-On History:
What do Students Learn from Academic Contests?
Old State House Conversation at Noon – Tuesday, Feb. 4th
Hartford, CT – Each year, thousands of Connecticut students participate in a vast array of academic contests that cover every major intellectual discipline. Generations of participants would no doubt attest that such competitions are fun for those with an interest in the subject matter, but what lasting impact do these programs have on students, teachers and their classrooms? On Tuesday, February 4, 2014 students and educators representing three of the state’s top programs – History Day in Connecticut, CT Invention Convention, and CT FIRST – will explain how these contests have unleashed creative and inspiring ways to learn about subjects as diverse as the past, innovation and robotics in this latest installment of Conversations at Noon at Connecticut’s Old State House.
Accompanied by a display of student projects, this fascinating program, moderated by the Connecticut Network’s Diane Smith, will explore how these programs and others like them supplement and support class work for students across the state in both home and traditional schools. This month’s expert panel includes several award-winning students, representing schools in East Hartford, Hartford, and Southbury. State Representative Gregory Haddad, board member of CT Invention Convention and History Day judge, will provide opening remarks.
This free program lasts from noon-1 p.m. and is funded by Connecticut Humanities.
Over 4,000 students participate in History Day in Connecticut. It is one of 56 affiliate programs of National History Day, a nationally recognized program that makes history come alive by engaging students in grades 6-12 in the discovery of the historic, cultural, and social experiences of the past. Students choose their topics based on an annual theme and after researching their topics, they present their findings in original papers, performances, documentaries, websites and exhibits. Students may work alone or as part of a group.. District competitions are held in March and winners are invited to participate in the State History Day contest in late April. Students who place 1st or 2nd at the State Contest are invited to the national contest in
For more information, check out http://ct.nhd.org. College Park, MD.
The CT Invention Convention is a 31-year-old nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through school-based programs in invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. Every year, more than 10,000 students in grades K-8 in more than half of CT's towns develop solutions to their everyday problems by coming up with an invention or an innovation. They compete on the local level, and then finalists are invited to the University of Connecticut at Storrs for a day of judging and celebration of ingenuity. More than half of CIC's inventors are girls, and 17% are minority students. Some student inventors move forward with their inventions to patenting, manufacture and business formation. For all students, the CT Invention Convention is a memorable learning experience in problem-solving and critical thinking.
FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST. FIRST has been active in Connecticut since 1995.
Located in Hartford just minutes from the Connecticut Science Center, Wadsworth Athenaeum and the riverfront, Connecticut’s Old State House invites visitors of all ages to discover that their voices matter, and that words, ideas, persuasion and debate really can change minds – and, quite possibly, the world. The building served as the Constitution State’s original seat of government from 1796 to 1878. For more information on admission prices, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby, become a fan of Connecticut’s Old State House on Facebook, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CTOldStateHouse or visit us online at www.ctoldstatehouse.org.