In cooperation with Wayne RESA, Patriots Week (Sept. 11-17) and the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, the Michigan Council for History Education (MCHE) announces a special 2016 Presidential Election Contest for Michigan educators. Teachers are encouraged to have their students study the Electoral College system, researching the possible winning political party in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Using the student research teachers will then collate the student analysis and submit a Contest Entry form, available at www.michiganhistoryed.org
Required information includes the predicted state-by-state winner and the total electoral vote to be cast for each candidate. The winning educator will receive ten tickets to observe with some of their students the official Michigan Electors vote in the State Capitol on Monday, December 19, 2016. The second and third place teacher swill receive five tickets. “We believe this project offers Michigan educators a unique opportunity to help their students learn how the Electoral College actually functions,” said Gordon Andrews, Executive Director of the Michigan Council for History Education. Andrews is a history professor at Grand Valley State University. David Hales, Wayne RESA Social Studies Coordinator/MCHE Contest Coordinator, added, “Teachers can work with their students to study the historical results of previous presidential elections, can research current predictions of state voting, and can then select which candidate they believe will win in each state.”
The contest is open to any Michigan educator. However, only ONE entry is permitted from each teacher. Student entries are NOT eligible. In the event of a tie, a random drawing will be used to select winners in the event. “Our thanks to the Michigan Democratic Party, and the Michigan Republican Party, for their willingness to approve this unique contest,” said MCHE Special Projects Coordinator Jim McConnell.
The completed entry form must be mailed (postmark) no later than Thursday, November 3, 2016. to: David Hales, Social Studies Consultant , Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency, 33500 Van Born Road, Box 807, Wayne, MI 48184-2497. If you have questions, email David Hales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information Sheets, maps, entry forms, and other information can be found here: