What is the Smackdown?
The Smackdown is a test of knowledge that is similar in format to a spelling bee. Teams of up to four students are asked short answer questions about local history, geography and geology. The questions increase in difficulty as the rounds progress.
This year, the Smackdown will take place at the historic Calumet Theatre, where the teams will appear on the same stage that showcased the talent of yesteryear, on Thursday, April 23 at 7:00pm.
Who can participate?
Teams of up to four students from Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon and Baraga Counties are welcome to compete. Schools are welcome to send more than one team. Family, friends and other well-wishers are welcome to come and watch and to cheer for their teams.
How should my school’s teams prepare?
Begin by completing the entry form and returning it to the park in plenty of time to assure your spot on stage. All registration forms must be received by Friday, April 3.
Preparation for the Smackdown can be as formal as organized coaching by a teacher or parent after school, or as informal as students studying on their own time. All the materials needed for preparation have been provided free of charge to school libraries in past years. If you have questions about materials, or if this is your first year participating in the Smackdown, please feel free to contact the park for information.
How do students benefit from the Smackdown?
Students who devote time preparing for and participating in the Smackdown learn about local history, geology and geography. Even if your school’s team does not win, participation in such events is likely to result in a range of benefits:
Last updated: March 4, 2020