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The Great Race - Secondary


The Great Race Secondary

The Great Race challenges your students to use their research, analysis and interpretation skills and library resources to race students from other schools all over Australia and New Zealand to answer questions related to the social sciences. 

There are two parts of The Great Race - The Great Race Heats (4 weeks each term) and the Grand Final which has a prize of either a laptop or i Phone for the winner.

The Great Race Heats

The Heats provide a focus on current events. Our aim is to develop students' general knowledge by looking at key international events.  Each week of The Heats we will put online 10 questions based on recent events.  Students can use any resources to help them answer the questions at any time during the week.  The Great Race will run for 16 weeks during the year made up of four week heats - one heat each term.  There will be book prizes at the end of each heat provided by www.pearsonplaces.com.au

At the end of the week when the questions are closed the students can check their answers and find out how they are going against other students from their school, state or nation.

The points that they earn are tallied each week to give a cumulative total that shows the leading student from each state each week.

The program would be ideally suited as a homework or class exercise that would take students up to half an hour each week.  Students work is marked and results showing their progress available for teachers to use in their assessment.

The Grand final

This is a real time race where students compete to answer a set of thirty questions in one hour.  If two students get the same number of correct answers the first one finished is the winner.  It incorporates all the excitement of a race right in the classroom.  Just like a sports competition!

Students can see who is leading on the leader board that gives live updates every 30 seconds.

For a stimulating program to provide excitement in your class sign up for The Great Race.

What Next?

·           Register yourself at www.GiantClassroom.com.au

·           Once registered you will have access to the teacher admin page

·           Choose which program you would like your students to participate in, i.e. The Great   Race Current Events

·          Select the number of students you wish to enter

·          Print off a tax invoice

·          Send payment and a copy of your tax invoice to the address shown on your invoice

·           When we receive your payment we will activate your account and you can register   your students so that they can see and answer the questions


Pricing structure for Australia*

The price per student is $6.00 plus a one off admin fee of $30 per school (All prices include GST)

*NZ prices as above plus $1 per event

All prices include GST

Dates to Note:

Start dates for each of the four heats are:-

March 1st 2010

May 24th 2010

August 2nd 2010

October 18th 2010