Social Studies Fair Categories

Anthropology is the study of how culture is developed by people living, thinking, and working together. This category examines issues related to how a particular group of people view the world; how they do things and the mind sets they use to understand the world.


Economics is the study of how people labor to satisfy human wants and needs.  This category examines issues related to the production and distribution of goods and services.  People use a variety of economic systems to attempt to satisfy their unlimited needs and wants with limited resources.


Geography is the study of how the earth and its features interact with the effects of human activity. This category focuses on the relationship between people and their environment.  Our environment influences our lifestyle and culture, provides opportunities and imposes limitations.  In addition, people influence the environment. Geography studies the physical and cultural elements of the environment, as well as the interaction between the elements.


Political Science is the study of how groups develop and use different structures to govern their lives. This category deals with the study of the processes, principles and structures of government, political institutions, and the study of law making and law enforcement.

Psychology is the study of mental processes and behaviors. This category investigates human behavior as it is influenced by an individual or a group. It examines both inherited and socially influenced behaviors.


Sociology is the study of human social behavior. This category investigates both the behavior of groups and the behavior of individuals as members of groups.


State and Local Studies is the study of the life and development of an individual, a people, a state, a county, an event or an institution. This category records and explains past and present events of a local area or of West Virginia in general.  It investigates the interrelationship between cause and effect, continuity and change, and other factors that historians use as they try to understand the past and the present.

 

U.S. History is the study of the life and development of an individual, a people, an event or an institution within the United States. This category records and explains various aspects of the history of the United States. It investigates the interrelationship between cause and effect, continuity and change, and other factors that historians use as they try to understand the past and the present.

 

World History / International Studies is the study of the life and development of an individual, a people, a country, an event or an institution.  This category records and explains various aspects of the history of areas outside of the United States. It investigates the interrelationship between cause and effect, continuity and change, and other factors that historians use as they try to understand the past and present. Students must consider a variety of perspectives in addition to their own and those of their counterparts, then determine how to communicate those perspectives through an oral presentation with the help of a physical display.

 

 

National History Day Categories

 

Visit the NHD website for additional information. 

 

Reminder - Local and regional National History Day competitions will only host the EXHIBIT category for the 2013-14 school year.  The remaining categories will be added in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

 

Exhibit - An exhibit is a visual representation of your research and interpretation of your topic's significance in history, much like a small museum exhibit.  The analysis and interpretation of your topic must be clear and evident to the viewer.  Labels and captions should be used creatively with visual images and objects to enhance the message of your exhibit.

 

COMING IN 2014-2015 and 2015-2016:

 

Paper - A paper is the traditional form of presenting historical research.  Various types of creative writing (for example, fictional diaries, poems, etc.) are permitted, but must conform to all general and category rules.  Your paper should be grammatically correct and well written.  Papers must be no less than 1500 and no more than 2500 words in length.

 

Performance - A performance is a dramatic portrayal of your topic's significance in history and must be original in production.  It should be scripted based on research of your chosen topic and should have dramatic appeal, but not at the expense of historical information.

 

Documentary - A documentary should reflect your ability to use audiovisual equipment to communicate your topic's significance, much as professional documentarians do.  The documentary category will help you develop skills in using photographs, film, video, audiotapes, computers, and graphic presentations.  Your presentation should include primary materials and also must be an original production.  To produce a documentary you must have access to equipment and be able to operate it.

 

Web Site - The web site category is the most interactive of all NHD categories.  Therefore, a web site should reflect your ability to use web site design software and computer technology to communicate the topic's significance in history.  Your historical web site should be a collection of web pages, interconnected by hyperlinks, that presents primary and secondary sources, interactive multimedia, and historical analysis.  It should incorporate textual and non-textual (photographs, maps, music, etc.) descriptions, interpretations, and sources to engage and inform viewers.  To construct a web site project, you must be able to operate, and have access to, the Internet, appropriate software and equipment.


April 11, 2014
Charleston Civic Center
Time Event
   
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Project Setup | Grand Hall North | Students may leave for lunch as soon as projects are set up.
   
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM LUNCH
   
11:30 AM - 11:55 AM Opening Assembly | Grand Hall South
   
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM JUDGING
   
4:00 PM -    4:45 PM Public Viewing of Projects | Grand Hall North | Winning projects will be identified with ribbons and stickers.
   
4:45 PM Students may remove projects from Grand Hall North
5:00 PM Awards Ceremony | Grand Hall South
   
All times are subject to change.