The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute has put its educational programs online. O’Connor U offers civics education opportunities through a digital platform, teaching “Civics For Life” to all generations, from middle school students to grandparents.
Since its founding by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the nonprofit organization has presented programs to highlight the importance of civic engagement, civics education and civil discourse. Programs included the Camp O’Connor civics program for middle school students.
In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic and to ensure the safety of the communities served by the O’Connor Institute, the 2020 in-person Camp O’Connor sessions in Phoenix, Arizona and Denver, Colorado have been postponed to summer 2021.
O’Connor U will launch in June with the Camp O’Connor Civics Challenge. This online competition will be open to all students across the country entering 6th through 9th grades in the fall. Students will be challenged to choose one civics topic from a list of options, receive instructions, and then produce a creative video on that topic, three minutes or less in length. Winners will be awarded Apple products.
The challenge will be an annual opportunity for students to learn about civics topics that cover all branches of the government and their responsibilities as citizens, then share what they’ve learned with others through their video creations.
Civics Challenge video entries may be submitted between July 1 and Aug. 16, 2020. Students are encouraged to join the interest list at oconnorinstitute.org so they are notified when the Civics Challenge topics are announced in June.