For basic start-up information concerning how to participate in the essay contests, how to sign up for teacher and student discussion groups and arrangments for publicity articles, please read on!
ACE ESSAY CONTESTS:
1) ACE essay contests are divided into two parts:
"Within the School: classroom teacher chooses the best essay in the class/school for submission
to ACE, and the author receives a prize bronze coin.
submissions from each school are judged by a panel of 12 – 20
ACE donor members for the selection of finalists, and top place winners
receive coin prizes.
2) The spectrum of the ACE program and its offshoots
covers an age range from older elementary school students through middle school
and high school, as well as university students. Contests are judged in three
different age categories.
3) Sample Essay Themes: (these will be announced
throughout the academic year, and topics vary each year)
In the past students have written on topics
relating to Roman emperors and empresses, Roman architecture, Latin inscriptions,
animals in the Roman world, ancient trade routes, invaders of the Roman Empire,
and Roman provinces. Typically these essays are crafted within a creative frame,
say from the point of view of a soldier, a slave, or a child, and contain specific
references to a significant ancient coin. Essays are judged by richness in
accurate historical detail, creativity, and quality of writing.
PLEASE NOTE! All reports and essays must be
done in Word or Wordpad format (no scans accepted), font size 12 and single-spaced
unless otherwise specified. This will enable school winners’ essays to
be posted easily to the ACE web site, from which the judges view and vote on
ACE IMAGE CONTESTS:
4) ACE teachers and students will also be able
to participate in trivia contests based on images of coins or other artifacts.
These contests will be accessed through http://www.stoa.org/gallery/ACE ,
and specific directions will be sent during the year.
5) If a teacher wishes to post images of students
to the ACE web site, (perhaps because your local newspaper has featured your
participation in the coin project, or a prize-winning student, or a visiting
speaker, etc.) s/he should send them to the contact furnished on the ACE website www.ancientcoinsforeducucation.org in
jpg format. The teacher MUST have written permission from parents for any student
featured on our website. A “Basic Parental Consent” form is included
on the ACE CD and linked to the website. Note also that ACE’s standard
policy is to post only the students’ first names and last initials.
ACE DISCUSSION GROUPS:
There are two MEMBERS ONLY online discussion groups
which are essential for participation in the ACE program.
Teachers-Only Discussion Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ACEHelp_Teachers/
All EDUCATORS taking part in the ACE program
MUST become members of this group. Communications about contest details, prize
winners, special impromptu events, etc. are relayed to teachers via this group.
Teachers also use it as a forum for asking questions or passing on advice.
It is ESSENTIAL that all teachers join. Unlike the discussion group described
below, it is NOT open to students. In order to be approved for membership,
teachers MUST choose a user name related to their own names or their school’s
names, so that they can be recognized easily for membership approval and for
getting help (username “fayettevillehighschool” is a good one; “magistralatina” is
too enigmatic). Any teacher having difficulties joining the group should contact
General Help Discussion Group:
Students and teachers may join this forum as
a way to ask questions regarding ancient coins. Students may want to verify
their attributions or ask for helpful hints regarding their coins. Questions
will be answered by ACE numismatists. Students/teachers are encouraged to post
images of their coins when asking for help, though this is not necessary. A
template for getting attribution help is available through the ACE website.
When students communicate through the help line,
they should use their first names and last initial only. A general school (or
teacher) e-mail address should be given for return responses so that all correspondence
flows through the school.