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HCPSS to Host Unheard Perspectives Showcase Feb. 25, 2023

February 15th, 2023

The HCPSS Elementary Social Studies Office, the Gifted and Talented Education Program, and the Student Access and Achievement Office will host its annual Countywide Unheard Perspectives Showcase on Saturday, February 25, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Hammond Middle School (8100 Aladdin Drive, Laurel, MD). The event is the culmination of weeks of research by third, fourth, and fifth grade students about innovators whose voices have been underrepresented in American history.

This year’s showcase will feature exhibits from the top three student teams from 17 HCPSS elementary schools. Local leaders and community members will judge the exhibits based on: information and relationship to theme, contextualization (timeline), clarity of presentation, responsiveness to questions, as well as a short biography and bibliography. Students may earn a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Participation Award for their exhibits.

Museums and organizations will also present interactive exhibits about underrepresented innovators in American history as part of the showcase.

The Unheard Perspectives Showcase is a voluntary, performance-based program for third, fourth, and fifth grade students focused on honing research skills. Students use primary sources, such as letters, songs, interviews, pictures and maps, as well as newspaper articles, and biographies to inform their exhibits.