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The Friends of the Frontier Army Museum (FFAM) at Fort Leavenworth invite students in grades 2-8 to participate in our inaugural Creative Exploration of the Frontier Contest. Participants will learn about life on the frontier and demonstrate their understanding by creating a fun and engaging story, art project, skit, or song to submit for the contest.

Contest rules are listed below.

All entries must be submitted by Friday, February 1, 2019. Entries may be submitted digitally to

Entries not submitted digitally may be turned in on Friday, February 1st at the museum between 10am-4pm.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category: picture book, art, and performance.

Prizes will be presented at the FFAM Museum Night on March 22, 2019.

contest RULES:

  • Open to students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th, 7th, 8th grades

  • Only one entry per child

  • Project must be student’s original work

  • Information presented as part of the project about life on the frontier must be historically accurate.

  • Judging is completed by a panel based on the qualifications for each category below

  • All entries must be submitted by Jan.

  • Projects will be judged in one of the three categories (see details below):

    • Picture Book

    • Art

    • Performance

Picture Book Guidelines

Students will design and create a picture book for other children that explains life on the US frontier.

  • Short Story must contain factual information about life on the frontier.  The Army Frontier Museum is a great place to find some facts and information for your story.

  • Book must contain illustrations and text.

  • Picture book submissions will be judged on their creativity, appeal to other children, and teaching about life on the frontier.

Art Project Guidelines

Students will create an art project (painting, drawing, pottery, diorama, etc.) that depicts an aspect of life on the frontier.

  • Students will include a written description (minimum 1 paragraph)  with their submission that explains how it relates to life on the frontier.

Performances  Guidelines

Students will create a performance piece (skit, song, rap, dance, etc.) that depicts an aspect of life on the frontier.

  • Students must record their performance piece for submission.

  • Students are required to submit their performances at

  • Performance pieces may not contain inappropriate language.

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