Ohio Civics Essentials

Ohio Civics Essential

In Honor of the 4th of July Holiday, if you need a brush up on your Civics, and want to participate in a fun friendly virtual competition, consider Soapbox Media’s Ohio Civics Essentials.

Through a strategic impact grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation, Soapbox Media has presented Ohio Civics Essential, a multi-year/multi-media project designed to increase Ohioans’ knowledge of civics to encourage civic engagement.  To accomplish this, it has 3 components—informational articles published by Soapbox Media, online quizzes based on those articles, and the Jeopardy style trivia game nights.

In 2019, the trivia nights were held in libraries across the state, but, this year, they went virtual.  Up to 100 people could sign up on Zoom and compete, Jeopardy style, on-line for prizes.

The Jeopardy game boards were based on the eight Ohio Civics Essential stories published earlier this year by Soapbox Media.  This year, the stories were:

Re-entry to Society

Ohio’s marijuana laws

Public Records

Civil Discourse

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Dark Waters


Taking Action

The “tournament” was over 4 nights on June 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th.  People could sign up for one night, or all 4.

My team of trivia geniuses was able to play on the 17th.  Some of us had an adventure figuring out the tech piece of the night, though in the end, we did come in 4th.  (Prizes went to the top 3 teams).

Convinced that we could do even better, I signed up again and played on the 18th-- for redemption.  And, it was really fun!

Soapbox media has posted the games on their website, and if you are looking for an engaging activity to celebrate your Ohio Civics knowledge, here is the link: https://www.soapboxmedia.com/features/Civics-Essential-year-two-wrap.aspx

I spoke with Brittany York from Soapbox Media and she said that they received the grant again, and will be able to put on the program again in 2021.  Hopefully, I’ll see you there.