K-14 Student Programs

The Annual U-M Quiz Bowl

A fun and exciting way to explore the essence of Korea!

The U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies annually hosts a Quiz Bowl competition for students who want learn more about Korean culture and history. Participants will be quizzed on various facts about Korean cultural and historic heritage. There are four divisions that a team can compete in: Middle School Heritage, Middle School Non-heritage, High School Heritage and High School Non-heritage.  A winning team can win up to $250 in cash prizes! The top three teams from each division win awards in forms of trophies, medals, and cash prizes.

When & Where?

2014 Quiz Bowl Event Schedule

Saturday February 22, 2014
1:30-5:00 pm

University of Michigan Central Campus*
Auditorium A, Angell Hall (1st floor)
435 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
The closest public parking lot is between Maynard and Thompson (324 Maynard St, Ann Arbor 48104), two blocks from Angell Hall


1:30-2:00pm         Registration Sign-In (Coaches Only)

2:00-2:15pm         Opening Remarks (All Participants)

2:15-3:00pm         Preliminary Rounds -Division II (Competing Teams Only)

3:00-3:15pm         Break

3:15-4:00pm         Final Rounds - Division II, III & V (Open to the Public)

4:00-4:30pm         Award Ceremony & Closing Remarks (Open to the Public)

Who can participate?

Any Grade 5-12 student who wants to learn more about Korean culture can participate. However, students must be able to prove full-time residency in the United States for the past 6 years upon request and CANNOT have attended school in Korea during that time. Any student who has lived in Korea for more than two months during this time MUST contact the center prior to registering. In those cases, eligibility will be determined on an individual basis.

How to apply?

Team up with a maximum of four students and a coach. The coach must be a teacher at an accredited American or Korean language school. A fifth student may be included on the team as an alternate. Then, contact the Nam Center for registration information and study resources.

Check photos from last year's Quiz Bowl competition!


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Korea from "A Single Shard"Engage your students with the history and culture of ancient East Asia by introducing them to the Newberry Award winning book "A Single Shard" by Linda Sue Park.

Korea Comes Alive from "A Single Shard" Program

Engage your students with the history and culture of ancient East Asia by introducing them to the Newberry Award winning book "A Single Shard" by Linda Sue Park set in 14th C Korea. Receive a classroom set of this popular YA novel, a companion "Korea Kit" filled with A/V material, books and cultural artifacts related to the book to borrow, a bus subsidy to tour University of Michigan Museum of Art's Gallery of Korean Art with trained docents, and a hands-on ceramics demonstration with a craft that the kids can take home!

Participating schools will receive the Newberry Award winning book, “A Single Shard” by Linda Sue Park for their classrooms. They will also receive the loan of the Nam Center’s “Single Shard” Themed Korea Kit, which includes, a collection of books, DVDs, and cultural artifacts that relates to the setting of the book. As a reinforcement of the narrative and details that they learned in the study of the novel, the students will visit the U-M Museum of Art on a field trip to tour the Gallery of Korean Art, and it’s collection of ceramics with a docent. The information that they have been exposed to from the book, the Korea Kit, and in the Gallery of Korean Art will be reinforced kinesthetically through a ceramics demonstration in which they will experience ceramics making.

Contact us for more information.

Sponsors: Nam Center for Korean Studies and UMMA


See what classes did on the program in 2013!


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