Enter Constituting America’s We the Future Contest

Constituting America’s We The Future Contest challenges students to create Constitution-themed works within categories such as best song, PSA, short film, STEM project, and essay. Teachers can win up to $2,000 for best Constitution-themed lesson plan, and $1,000 for sending in the most contest entries from their classes or school. We also offer teachers a Read More ⟶

Sign Up for Free Hamilton Education Program Online

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History invites you to participate in the Hamilton Education Program Online, an easily adaptable, 100% free resource that allows students in grades 6-12 to explore the world of Hamilton and America’s founding era. The program features a wealth of materials, including information about more than 45 founding era figures, Read More ⟶

New National Civics Contest Announced

The Bill of Rights Institute has launched a national civics contest called MyImpact Challenge. This contest is for students and teachers who are making an impact with citizenship projects in their communities. The contest will award $40,000 in total prizes, including a $10,000 student grand prize and prize money to the teacher of the grand Read More ⟶

Bill of Rights Day Student Contest

The U.S. Courts from the 7th and 8th Circuits invite students in grades 3-12 from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin to submit art and essays on the importance of the Bill of Rights. Semifinalists from each category will receive a $50 e-gift card and advance to the Read More ⟶

C-SPAN Launches 2022 StudentCam Contest

C-SPAN is launching it’s 2022 StudentCam video documentary competition for middle and high school students! The theme for this year’s project-based learning experiences is: “How does the federal government impact your life?” Explore a federal policy or program. Evaluate its effectiveness from multiple perspectives. Students can win one of 150 cash prizes, totaling $100,000, while Read More ⟶

EduHam Online Spring Contest Is Open

Whether you are teaching in person, remotely, or both this spring, EduHam Online is an easily adaptable, fully online resource that allows students to explore the world of HAMILTON and America’s Founding Era — ultimately creating and performing their own narrative in the form of a song, rap, spoken word, or scene. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is pleased to announce that a new national competition and lottery is now open for spring 2021 submissions. Here are the details:
We will select a total of 10 winners: 5 performances chosen by our judging panel and 5 performances chosen at random. Winners will be invited to New York City for an all-expenses-paid, full-day theater experience, when theaters reopen, including a performance of HAMILTON. Submissions are open to students in grades 6-12.
Deadline to submit performances: April 30, 2020. Ready to get started? Visit this page to create a free account or log in. Read More ⟶

Enter the 2021 We the Students Essay Contest

The Bill of Rights Institute hopes that you will encourage your students to enter this year’s We the Students essay contest. With the prompt “What is the relationship between equality and justice?” we challenge them to tell us what they think the relationship is between these two principles. To truly explore the question in an essay that is 500-800 words, students will need to go beyond “dictionary definitions” and express their understanding and reasoning about the connection between these two principles. This reasoning involves a combination of observation, experience, and some pretty “big ideas.” What does it take to understand them? To build toward and maintain them? To see them with regard to each other? Why is this relationship important? The 16 winners will receive a total of $20,000 in scholarship prizes. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2021. Go here to learn more. Read More ⟶