Pritzker School's History Fair has 100 entries

Date: 
03/24/2010
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Judges reviewed each of approximately 100 exhibits in the Pritzker gymnasium.

Learning about Chicago history in school is just as important as learning about it in the real world.  The application of knowledge from the classroom to the real world represents the kind of learning that needs to be achieved throughout a young student's academic career.   

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Three students, Kendra Turner (left), Shammara Crudup (center) and Anthony Roombos, showed their entries amid several others.

Students from the sixth, seventh and eighth grades at A.N. Pritzker School entered approximately 100 exhibits in their Annual History Fair. Entries followed this year's National theme: Innovation in History: Impact and Change. Presentations were to reflect Chicago changing over time. Students were to research their topic, present evidence on why this event helped Chicago to change, and showcase their evidence on a display board.  

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Blaise Maugeri explained his visit with Mies van der Rohe's descendent and the architect's work.

Among the topics presented were arts, architecture, entertainment, Pullman, Mies van der Rohe, The Chicago River, Chicago Riots, Rosa Parks, Roberto Clemente, The 1919 Black Sox and The Chicago Cubs.  Students also covered topics that focused on issues like Chicago public housing, the Women's Liberation Movement, and animal cruelty. 

In addition to the well crafted displays, some students also created dioramas, or a shoebox displaying a specific scene that was significant within their overall topic.  

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Student Marshell Harris (left), teacher Cody Huisman and students Eric Ramos and Elwyn Dansby review one entry.

Cody Huisman, an eighth grade Social Studies teacher, and an organizer of the event, made a point that the fair is a collaborative effort between all social science teachers. "Without them this wouldn't be possible," Huisman said.  Along with the other teachers, he worked to help students formulate their ideas, thesis statements, and outside research that would be presented on their boards.  He also mentioned that this project was an assignment that students must complete, and would be counted for a grade, versus an extra credit assignment to improve their grade.

Approximately twenty judges, primarily from the community, reviewed the entries and each gave Huisman their list of their top ten to twelve exhibits.  Pritzker teachers will narrow that selection down to five winners who will advance to the Chicago Metro Fair.

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