Fall 2018

CS4MS: Computer Science for Middle Schoolers

Are you looking for a course that will allow you to share your love of computer science and computational thinking? Do you want to help make the world a place where there is equal opportunities in STEM Fields? Research suggests that social and cultural factors may be why certain under-represented populations do not choose scientific, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields as a future career. Further, there is simply a lack of student exposure to computer science (CS) in elementary and high school. As a result, students often have little idea of what it means to be a Computer Scientist, or if they have interest in being one. CS4MS: Computer Science for Middle Schoolers is a fall 2018 Immersive Learning Project Course. During this project, the class will work with teachers to develop and document computer activities at three local middle schools to introduce students, particularly underrepresented minorities and females, to CS and computational thinking (CT). Although the focus of this project is for students in the CS major or minor, an interdisciplinary team of BSU students is being sought. If you are majoring or minoring in a related area, including mathematical sciences, education, or computer technology, or simply have an interest, you should seriously consider this opportunity. Tell your friends about the opportunity, as well.

For more information, contact David Largent, Department of Computer Science. Apply now


Lead in Muncie and Delaware County

There are no known safe level of lead (Pb), a persistent neurotoxin, but exposure entirely preventable. In this project, students will work with United Way of Delaware County to look at the levels of lead in blood and the potential Pb sources within Muncie and Delaware County. Students in this project will earn 6 credits total in NREM 490 and GEOL 462 or 562. It counts as upper level electives in both the GEOL and NREM degrees. This project requires having taken CHEM 111 or 112 and permission of the instructors.

For more information, contact Carolyn Dowling, Department of Geological Sciences. Apply now!


Scenery in the Space

Ever wanted to learn more about scenic construction or creating modular scenery? Perhaps you have thought about starting your own small theatre company, and would like to learn more about the best way to outfit your own small scene shop? Or, if you are interested in environmental impact and lowering your carbon footprint, you might be interested in learning how to create a useful stock of reusable scenery? Perhaps Tetris is one of your favorite games, and you love solving storage and organizational issues (good preparation for small apartment life in a city)? We need your skills and enthusiasm!

In this project, students will partner with Muncie Civic Theatre to plan and build a viable stock of flexible scenic units for Civic’s busy production season. This project will include creating safe and efficient storage for stock scenic units, as well as recommendations for future Scene Shop organization and potential equipment purchases to maximize productivity. The course will conclude with a design for Muncie Civic Theatre's holiday production using the stock pieces created over the course of the semester.

THEA 434, section 9, TR, 3:30-4:45, CRN 29254, 3 credit hours

For more information, contact Kerry Chipman or Mickie Marie, Department of Theatre and Dance. Apply now!


Standardized Testing - Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry

Standardized testing, assessment literacy, school grades… What’s it all about and how do we talk about it? Join us we partner with the Indiana Department of Education to create assessment literacy materials that will help Hoosiers understand and talk about policy issues that impact K-12 students across Indiana.

Through working on this project at the Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, you can earn 15 credit hours and develop valuable skills that employers love including problem solving, project management, and small group communication.

For more information, contact Dr. Lynne Stallings, Department of English.