Any student who is entering 6th through 8th grade in the Fall 2020 academic year can enroll to be in the elementary and middle school debate labs.
Middle School debate at the George Mason Youth Debate camp teaches a public forum curriculum that is tailored to their age and is scheduled for a separate week than the main High School Institute. The main institute also allows middle school students to enter, but the curriculum is the same curriculum taught to the high school students.
The topic chosen for the camp is normally meant to encourage student participation and interest, and less focus is given to research skills development. More focus is given to persuasive speaking experience and learning the form of debate. Students in the middle school and elementary school labs for public forum have shorter class periods, a specific textbook written by the Mason faculty, and a recess break each day.
If you have a student interested in camp who is already on a debate team, we would recommend they attend the two week main institute, which is more rigorous.
With consultation from the GMU education department, the George Mason Debate Institute staff crafted a workbook for each lab at the day camp last year. This workbook will be edited each year to encourage innovative learning.
An example of one of the textbooks from last year can be found here: