The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, in collaboration with ePals Corporation, is asking students to get involved in learning about the folklife and cultural heritage around them.
The 2014 Junior Folklorist Challenge asks students to "Discover a tradition in your community and share it with the world!" in the 2014 Junior Folklorist Challenge.
In the process, students will learn professional skills relating to researching (through interviews and observation), documenting (through audio/visual and written documentation), and interpreting local folklife (by creating a video, podcast, or slide show that tells a story about the tradition they researched).
Teachers can get their classrooms involved in the project or students can work individually.
Six winners from around the world will receive prizes for projects. Prizes include an opportunity to be published by the Smithsonian, a digital video camera, a Field Notes folklorist prize pack of quality field notebooks, and a CD box set from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Entries are due May 26th and will be judged based on age groups (8–10), (11–13), (14–18). Go to http://www.epals.com/challenges/folklife2014/ for more.