Social studies education is truly essential for the preservation and improvement of our constitutional democracy.  Exemplary education requires the reciprocal participation of the community and the student.  Effective social studies education requires the engagement of the learner in the investigation of the social science issues.


Social studies education must afford the student the opportunity to ask essential questions, recognize patterns of behavior, think critically, create solutions, predict outcomes and draw conclusions to help them learn to solve problems.  With these opportunities in place, students of social studies will be prepared as participatory citizens of the 21st Century global society.


The West Virginia State Social Studies Fair provides the opportunity for students to excel in these realms.




National History Day motivates students to discover history by:

  • Cultivating interest: students research a topic of their choice;

  • Developing research skills: students act as historians discovering how to uncover primary sources, build historical context and form historical interpretations;

  • Becoming experts on their research topic: presenting their research to teachers, students, and historians;

  • Achieving success:

- The shy student gains confidence when speaking about a topic he/she has researched.

- The apathetic student gains passion by choosing a topic of personal interest.

- The high achieving student increases his/her ability to articulate their learning through presentation.


All students are winners in the National History Day Program!

It is the intent of the Social Studies fair to:


  • Recognize and reward outstanding achievements of Social Studies students;


  • Implement the Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Social Studies in West Virginia (Policy 2520.4);

  • Develop among participants an ability to apply the scientific method as it applies to social studies investigations;

  • Challenge students to be inventive and think creatively;


  • Provide relevance;

  • Encourage students to demonstrate what they know and to observe what others throughout the state know regarding social studies content;

  • Provide the opportunity for students to interpret the cultural, social, political, geographic and economic forces of historical and current issues and events and to understand more fully the nature of social studies;

  • Encourage students to draw more heavily on all areas of social studies as a means of broadening and deepening their understanding of social science concepts and principles;

  • Encourage students to practice information and communication skills, thinking and problem-solving skills, interpersonal and serf-directional skills;

  • Provide a forum for student public speaking;

  • Generate public interest in and appreciation for the broad interdisciplinary areas of social studies;

  • Develop a greater public appreciation and understanding of the abilities of youth;

  • Encourage global awareness, economic and civic literacies, health and wellness;


  • Encourage the utilization of technology tools where appropriate (Policy 2520.14).

Date:  April 26, 2019
Charleston Civic Center

Time Event
8:00 AM -
9:00 AM
Project Setup
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Opening Assembly
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM JUDGING
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM
JUDGING (Continued)
3:00 PM -
4:30 PM
Afternoon Break
4:30 PM -    5:15 PM Public Viewing of Projects  
Winning projects will be identified with ribbons and stickers.
5:15 PM Students may remove projects
5:30 PM Awards Ceremony