Oregon middle school students are being invited to compete in the first-of-its-kind Oregon Civics Bee, encouraging them to come up with ideas to solve problems in their communities.
The Oregon Business & Industry Research and Education Foundation (OBI) announced the contest Wednesday. Participants will have a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $500 to $1,000.
OBI says any student in grades 6-8 who’d like to participate will identify a problem in their community and write a 500-word essay about how they could address it. The online portal to submit entries will open Nov. 13 through Jan. 9, 2024.
Judges will pick 20 students to participate in the Oregon Civics Bee finale in Salem next May. The live competition will include a quiz-style round. Three finalists will get the chance to make the case for their essay in front of a panel of judges.
The Oregon winner will be invited to take part in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s National Civics Bee, OBI said. Participants there will have a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.
More information can be found on the Oregon Civics Bee website.