The History Fair has been running for over 10 years, bringing young people together to share their learning in a supportive and fun environment.
The AHE History Fair is held each year at the end of Term 2 at the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall.
What is a History Fair?
Not dissimilar to a Science Fair, a History Fair is a chance for children to showcase their research, knowledge and discoveries – about HISTORY.
The AHE Regional History Fair was initiated by Katie Richards in 2006. She had a vision for children to dig deeper into history, and share their discoveries with the wider community. Since 2008, the History Fair has been underwritten, organised and promoted as an annual event by Auckland Home Educators Inc. We are grateful to Katie Richards for kick-starting a great event.
Who can enter?
Any school-aged child may enter. For younger children, it’s all about participation and ‘having a go’. Older students are encouraged to choose historically significant topics that inform, challenge and stimulate. Whatever your age or ability, doing a History Fair project is a great learning process and very rewarding.
You may also do a project as family or with a sibling/friend.
What topic should I choose?
Anything before now is history – so almost anything is possible. But it’s best to choose a topic that…
- Is ‘researchable’ – i.e. a topic that has a good number of sources (e.g. books, websites, documentaries, people you can talk to, or a museum you can visit).
- You’re interested in!
You may also want to consider choosing a topic that
- You have a personal link with
- You know DON’T know much about – this makes the research more meaningful
- You can have fun with
Are the students judged?
Yes, we have a team of judges who go over the projects with each child and discuss their topic with them. Judges assess the projects based on
- oral discussion
Judges give feedback to each child. The aim is to encourage children, highlight the strengths of their project, and give them positive feedback where possible. More detailed information on how the projects are assessed is made available on registration.
Each child receives a Participation Certificate. Prizes are given to the winner of each age-group categories. Prizes are also handed out for the People’s Choice Award, the New Zealand History category, and the Family History category.
What benefit does my child receive from doing a project?
That’s a great question… glad you asked it! Here’s what home-schooled kids have said…
- It’s a great challenge.
- You might get a prize.
- It gets you thinking in-depth about a topic.
- You get to show off all your hard work to others.
- You get to investigate something YOU’RE interested in.
- You get good feedback from the judges about your project.
- You feel a whole lot of satisfaction (even if you don’t get a prize).
- It forces you talk about your topic and explain it – in an encouraging environment.
- You get to show the community what great stuff home-schoolers can do. Yeah.
- It’s so much fun going along, meeting others and seeing what everyone else has done!
And from the parents’ perspective, it’s great to watch a child work through the research, thinking, writing and presentation process.
And here’s another great reason –
History is everything before now. Without history we wouldn’t be here today. It’s worth finding out about.