Since the founding of our nation, there have been nearly half a billion American citizens. Of those, over 12,000 of us have served in Congress. Just 115 have become Supreme Court Justices. Only 45 citizens have become President of the United States. There’s something exceptional about each POTUS — good, bad, or otherwise. Project POTUS® challenges students in middle school to research an American president and create a video, 60 seconds or less, representing the POTUS chosen in a way that is creative, supported by good history research, and fun. Students participating should practice doing research with primary and secondary sources like government documents, personal presidential letters, presidential site collections, and more. Videos can be submitted to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site for awards consideration. 45 prizes of between $100-500 will be awarded to student winners.
The program began accepting submissions on Presidents Day, February 20, and will close for entries on April 18th. Students are encouraged to be creative, and to make sure their video doesn’t exceed 1 minute. To learn more, visit projectpotus.org.