Each year, MPA sixth-graders participate in the popular and challenging Chicago Metro History Fair, researching and presenting their first long-form research project. The three-part project is an important lesson in learning to manage the process of large assignments. Besides creating their museum-like exhibits, students completed summary statements and annotated bibliographies.
Students began in January by selecting a topic about Chicago history. They welcomed to campus Lisa Oppenheim, the director of the Chicago Metro History Fair. Mrs. Oppenheim showed the sixth grade examples of exemplary work and led a discussion on what made each project effective. Individually, students conducted research in such places as the Chicago History Museum and Argonne National Laboratory, and arranged numerous interviews with local historians or the history-makers themselves.
Students learned that real history takes place outside of the textbook and that much of history is a matter of perspective. Congratulations to all on successful completion of a very difficult assignment!
MPA faculty selected four projects to represent MPA at the regional competition at Lane Tech on April 25:
Operation Greylord: Corruption in Chicago Uncovered
The C.O.R.E. of Chicago’s Civil Rights Movement
Moving Forward: How the CTA Helped Form the Economic Structure of Chicago
Ellis S. Chesbrough: Eminent Engineer of Excrement Elimin