O’Connor Institute’s Civic Challenge opens for middle school students

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Posted 6/28/20

Students looking for a summer project will have the chance to “learn and earn” through the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute.

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O’Connor Institute’s Civic Challenge opens for middle school students

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Students looking for a summer project will have the chance to “learn and earn” through the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute.

The Camp O’Connor Civics Challenge online program launches nationwide July 1. The online competition is open to all students who are rising sixth through ninth graders.

Participants are challenged to choose one civics topic from a list of options, receive instructions through a brief tutorial video and then produce their own creative video on that topic, three minutes or less in length. Finalists in each grade will win Apple products including a Macbook Pro for the first-place winner, according to a press release.

The #OConnorCivicsChallenge encourages students to learn about civics topics that cover all branches of the government as well as their rights and responsibilities as citizens, then share what they’ve learned with others through their video creations.
Civics Challenge video entries may be submitted from July 1-30

Learn more and register to enter at www.OConnorInstitute.org.
The Civics Challenge is part of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute new strategic direction to bring its educational programs online via O’Connor U.

The initiative provides innovative civics education opportunities through a digital platform, teaching “Civics For Life” to all generations, from middle school students to grandparents.

Since retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded it in 2009, the Institute has presented programs to foster civil discourse, civic engagement and civics education.

Programs have included lectures and forums, such as the Distinguished Speakers Series, Issues and Answers Forums, and the Civic Collaboratory and Camp O’Connor civics program for middle school students. Through these educational programs, the institute hopes to expose all generations to knowledge and insight.

As a result of COVID-19, the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute converted its programs to offer these knowledge resources through O’Connor U in a digital platform and create new programs including the Camp O’Connor Civics Challenge and the Constitution Series: Equality And Justice For All, a free, online public forum.

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