This immersive learning project situated undergraduate students, specifically first year pre-service teachers, as designers and producers of elementary workshops for Burris Laboratory School’s science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) Enrichment Club, which is operated by the Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development. The purpose of this project was two-fold: (1) to meet the needs of Burris’ STEAM Enrichment Club and (2) to offer real-world experience to both immersive learning students and elementary children who designed, planned, implemented, and managed STEAM related activities. With such a heavy emphasis on STEM related standards in our elementary schools, the STEAM Enrichment Club reminds students and teachers that through art we reconnect “the arts and sciences in ways that learning can happen at the intersection of the two” (Robelen, 2011). Root-Bernstein and Root-Bernstein (1999) found that many of the Nobel laureates in science were also artists. This immersive learning project introduced pre-service, first year students, who have majored in elementary education, to experiences that integrated digital technologies and new media across the elementary curriculum via the arts and sciences.
Faculty Mentor: Kate Shively Department: Elementary Education Community Partner: Burris Laboratory School Students: Hannah Andrews, Christa Burns, Sydney Chaney, James Colter, Erin Coogan, Erin Fleece, Chloe Gaines, Taylor Hobson, Lauren Hoffman, Samatha Jazayeri, Bailie Lehman, Aubrey Meister, Alexis Methner, Giselle Monfreda, McKinley Purdy, Jessica Reis, Claire Riemersma, Abbie Rooker, Hannah Wintz, Christopher Wright
The East Central Neighborhood Action Plan (ECNAP) is a citizen-generated policy regarding the future of the neighborhood, containing initiatives that will developed by the residents of the neighborhood with the assistance of the students. The ECNAP fell under the umbrella of the Muncie Action Plan (MAP), which is a strategic guide for the city to create an action agenda for the future. A partnership was established with MAP and Ball State University to help with the organization of neighborhoods, to assist with needs assessment/goal setting and to develop collaborative projects that meet the unique needs of each neighborhood. In addition to the action plan, a ECNAP handbook was also produced as a document to aid citizen planners when they begin to enact initiatives from the plan.
Faculty Mentor: Lisa Dunaway Department: Urban Planning Community Partner: East Central Neighborhood Association Students: Joshua Bannister, Josh Campbell, Brendyn Cyrus, Matt Dixon, Alyssa Flandermeyer, Lauren Gillingham, Gregory Huss, Kenta Lanham, Keaton Osborn, Alexander Pormen, Ellen Randall, Ikechukwu Robert-Eze, Paige Story, Taylor Sweet, Shannon Szabo, Jordan Wyatt
A note from Annie Poole, ECNA resident and association board member:
If you have a chance, please stop by the Kennedy Branch Library this month and check out the East Central Neighborhood display in the cases along the north wall. Mike Mavis and I filled all 4 cases with Emily Kimbrough books and memorabilia and they look wonderful, if I may say so myself. We also were able to work in education about our neighborhood and the Washington Street Festival into the displays. In fact, the table display is mostly centered around the Festival. A big thank you to Mike who was able to provide some really unique and interesting Emily items and to Dawn for the complete collection of Emily’s books. It really looks fantastic…. Emily’s books have never shined more brightly since they were published.
The East Central Neighborhood Association hosted the Annual Picnic in the Park Summer Celebration on Sunday, July 26th from 1-3:00 pm at Washington Park. The picnic included a cookout with free hot dogs and hamburgers, sides, drinks and ice cream for all neighborhood residents and their guests. This relaxing lunch was a great chance to connect or reconnect with neighbors and included activities for the kids so the grown ups had a chance to sit back and chat.