The objective of this program is to prepare participants for the myriad situations that require formal and informal presentations. Participants will learn to craft and present arguments and inform, persuade, and motivate an audience in a variety of ways. Debate is a natural fit for middle school education and students. Studies, as well as common sense, recommend the benefits. Debate builds literacy and research skills, fosters critical thinking and expanded perspectives, enhances public speaking skills, increases confidence and trains students to listen effectively. Students who register for this course are not required to compete, but are welcome to do so.