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Aim to Help Kids Get Excited About Summer Learning

July 23, Epping, NH—Active Learning Systems, an organization dedicated to improving education and encouraging the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators, has launched a free Summer Research Challenge for kids in grades K–12 (or equivalent). The purpose of the Summer Research Challenge is to keep childrens’ minds engaged during the summer months, to foster a lifetime love of year-round learning, and to instill critical thinking and authentic research skills. Active Learning Systems will award prizes for the top three research projects submitted to the Summer Research Challenge.  

Cindy Nottage, Owner and Educational Consultant at Active Learning Systems, said, “We created the Summer Research Challenge because, as both parents and teachers, we have seen how much learning is lost over the summer. So, what better way to keep kids connected with and excited about learning than to offer a research contest where they can choose their own topic, share it in any format with a large audience, learn and apply life-long skills, and, of course, be potential prize winners!”

The Summer Research Challenge will teach participants Active Learning Systems’ Independent Investigation Method (IIM), a 7-step research process that was developed out of decades of classroom and consulting experience. IIM has been implemented in schools across the country, where it has been shown to increase student engagement, reduce plagiarism, empower teachers, and boost test scores.

During the Summer Research Challenge, the researchers will research, write, create and share an original and authentic research project with friends, family, teachers—and the world! To help the researchers with the project, Active Learning Systems has created short instructional videos for each step of the research process. The videos are released each Monday for the duration of the program on the IIM Research YouTube Channel.

To help teachers and parents guide students through the Summer Research Challenge, Active Learning Systems conducted a free webinar overview of the program, with a recording and supportive materials available for download.

The Summer Research Challenge officially began on June 9th, but children can join at any time. Submissions will be accepted until August 25th and the three winners (which will be determined by a vote) will be announced on September 8th. First place will win a $100 gift card, 2nd place $50 gift card, and 3rd place a $25 gift card—all to  This program is absolutely free for participants.

Active Learning Systems was founded by Virginia Morse and Cindy Nottage, and produces all materials, training and professional development programs for their Independent Investigation Method (IIM) Research process—a proven 7-step research method that gives teachers the tools to teach and monitor essential skills, meet state standards, encourage critical thinking and prevent plagiarism in grades K–12.

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