Friday, February 19, 2010

An Olympian Effort By Mr. Parkin's International Studies Students

With the Winter Olympics in full swing, it is a great time to share a recent project from Mr. Parkin's International Studies class which wrapped up an interesting project right a short time back. Each student took on the role of promoting a city to host the Summer Olympics and the students had to present their plans to their classmates. Congratulations to the winners (pictured above)!
First Place - Brian Tait (Cape Town, South Africa)
Second Place - Jen Dolan (Dublin, Ireland)
Third Place - Ava Luciano (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Olympic Bid Selection Committee

Possible Cities

  1. Singapore
  2. Buenos Aires
  3. Auckland
  4. Frankfurt
  5. Toronto
  6. Seattle
  7. Dubai
  8. Havana
  9. Cairo
  10. Helsinki
  11. Osaka
  12. Dublin
  13. Tel Aviv
  14. Istanbul
  15. Cape Town


  1. Why would a city want to host the Summer Olympic Games? Consider the economic implications both prior to, during, and after the Games. ECONOMIC (PEGS). The main objective is to WIN the bid!

  1. Students will be required to handout a brochure to their classmates that highlights the major features of their city and why they should be selected to host the next Summer Olympic Games. Additionally, every individual city will be responsible for making a flag of their representative country.

  1. You will need to brainstorm what kinds of infrastructure (mass transit and lodging options) and physical features a city would need to host the Olympics. Please reference previous Olympic Games to learn about the sizes of the crowds, number of athletes attending the events, and distances traveled by athletes and spectators. ECONOMIC and GEOGRAPHIC (PEGS).

  1. Students should also research and investigate the culture of the city and how it is observable in the city (i.e. festivals, traditions, holidays, family values, code of laws and etc.) SOCIAL (PEGS).

  1. Research your city in terms of geographic location, weather conditions, political situation/government, predominant religion, primary industries and drivers of the local economy, natural resources and anything else you believe would favor your city as the best site for the 2020 Games. ALL (PEGS).


Think of this project as a competition, each student will act as a delegate trying to persuade the rest of their classmates on why their city should be selected as the “host” city for the next Summer Olympics. Each delegation will be allowed approximately 20 minutes to present their city’s bid to the IOC, while the rest of the class and your teacher acts as members of the IOC.

Everyone is strongly encouraged during the bid presentations to ask questions of the city representative (YOU) regarding issues they may view as problems and reasons for not supporting their proposal. (For instance, a concern may be asking the city’s delegate about human rights and how it may not align with “the Olympic ideal.”)

When all the groups have presented, the whole class will vote for their top three choices and then the top three will make revisions and present for a second time in front of an extended IOC panel and classmates to see who takes home the gold, silver, and bronze prizes. After the winner is announced the entire class will discuss why the winning city got the most votes.

Some quick suggestions would be to look at…

-Travel sites

-Tourism information

-The IOC website -

-The actual bidding process – Here are a few recommended sites…

Websites to research Olympic history and organization…

Olympic Websites




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