DeKalb New Tech World Bio students met with community experts in DeKalb High School’s first ever National History Day Think Tank. Students and community experts worked together in brainstorming possible topic ideas for the students to research and present at the regional National History Day competition to be held February 27th at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana. If successful in the regional round, students may have the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis for the State National History Day Competition. The National Competition will be held June 12th through June 16th at The University of Maryland.
DeKalb World Bio students are currently working on a project called The Three E’s: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange mirroring the National History Day theme with the driving question How has the exploration, encounter, and exchange of science and history impacted us today? National History Day is an event that allows students to compete with over 500,000 other students ranging in grades 6-12. DeKalb students enjoyed getting the chance to brainstorm with area community members. Dr. C.J. Hathaway, Dr. James Farlow, Dr. Amy Alexander, Dr. William Sluis, Lisa Conrad, Jenny Kobiela Mondor, Darcy Davidson Armstrong, Chelsea Molin, Galen Eberhart, Julie Page, Megan Moss, Bob Wilder, Ann Green, John Bry, and Cathy Vick shared their passions and wealth of knowledge with DeKalb’s World Bio class generating numerous topic ideas that not only increased their excitement but will also unveil many aspects of DeKalb County’s local history.
DeKalb’s World Bio students will be hosting a DeKalb History Day to be held at DeKalb High School on February 24th to help prepare for the regional competition. All community members that are passionate about history and science are welcome to attend; please contact World Bio teachers Kelsey Pierce or Christina Lapham for more information.