The following article appeared in the Nebraska school Board Association newsletter. It chronicles three Elm Creek students FCCLA project:
Three girls at the Elm Creek Public School are concerned that students in Nebraska are not as proficient in United States Civics as they could be. Sydney Hubbard, Anna Hoffman, and Audrey Worthing set out to test their theory by challenging a sample of more than 200 junior and senior students across Nebraska to take the same U.S. Citizenship test that immigrants are required to pass to gain citizenship status. Not surprisingly the average pass rate was a dismal 17%. As a result, this group of Elm Creekers are setting out to make a difference!
Sydney, Anna and Audrey have created a mobile website that schools can use as a resource to help students learn American and Nebraska civics. The website will randomly generate short 10 question citizenship quizzes. Questions were acquired from the test bank of 100 questions used for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Additionally, they have included questions pertaining specifically to Nebraska government and Nebraska history. The website has the ability to teach the students as well as print out individualized results for their teacher.
“We would like to invite schools to stop by our booth during the Classroom Showcase at the State Education Conference, Friday morning, to view our technology and pick up a QR code to hang in your school that will immediately link any smart phone or IPad to the website. Guests to our booth will also be invited to test their civics knowledge and earn raffle tickets to win, for your school, one of three U.S. flags which have been flown over our Nation’s Capital that have been donated by Congressman Adrian Smith!”
The girls are hopeful that Schools, School Boards and specifically Americanism Committees across
Nebraska will stop by and consider going back to their schools and challenge their students to pass the U.S. Citizenship test in order to pass their Government Class or even to graduate High School.
According to the girls ...
“Learning about our country and how our government works is an important responsibility of all of us who live in this amazing country!”