Indiana fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders whose classes enter the Create a Landmark contest will have the thrill of seeing their work among the exhibits at the Indiana State Museum. The annual research and model-building competition sponsored by Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, AIA Indiana, the Indiana State Museum, and the Indiana Department of Education also awards cash prizes to winning classes.The contest requires classes to do research and then create models of historic landmarks in Indiana. Over the course of the model-building project, children become advocates for understanding and preserving Indiana's architectural heritage.
Last year's winning entries included recreations of the Solomon Mier House in Ligonier; "Old Stoney" in Frankfort; the St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church in New Haven; and the birthplace of U.S. Vice President Thomas Marshall in North Manchester.
All entries are displayed at the Indiana State Museum for one week prior to May 16, the day of judging. On the contest day, spokespersons from each class talk to judges about their model and the landmark it represents. Judges base their decisions on creativity, accuracy, depth of research and student responses to judges' questions.
The entire class can tour the museum for free before the awards ceremony where children, teachers, parents and friends cheer for the winners as they receive cash prizes.
The Create a Landmark competition teaches children how to closely observe the man-made environment and appreciate the importance and relevance of history. In addition, teachers' creative approaches to the contest have included science lessons that explain the creation of building materials, and composition classes that show students how to write letters to a newspaper editor about an endangered building.
In math lessons, the contest has been used to demonstrate the practical uses for computing volume, and understanding engineering principles and construction methods. In social studies class, classes involved in the project have researched how transportation history, changes in religious views, and clothing styles have affected the structure they selected to create. Historic Landmarks Foundation offers teachers ideas for using the contest in their classrooms: http://www.historiclandmarks.org/Resources/Classroom/CreateLandmark/Pages/default.aspx.)
The contest is open to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes statewide. The class winning first prize receives $200; second prize is $150, and third prize, $100. The deadline for entering Create a Landmark is March 27, 2009. Models are due at the Indiana State Museum on May 9-10. Contest entry fee is $10.
For more information about Create a Landmark and an entry form, call Suzanne Stanis at Historic Landmarks headquarters, 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- March 27, 2009: Entry form, entry fee, and list of participating students postmarked
- May 9-10, 2009: Models delivered to the Indiana State Museum.
- May 10 through May 16, 2009: Entries on display in the Museum.
- May 16, 2009: Judging and awards ceremony; model pick up.