Computer Science for Middle Schoolers (CS4MS)
Do you want to have significant control over what you do in a course? Do you want to participate in a course which can have a significant positive impact in the lives of hundreds of local middle schoolers? Are you looking for that special course which will allow you to share your love of computer science and computational thinking? If so, I have an exciting course opportunity for you during the fall 2019 semester!
Although a focus of this project is students in the computer science major or minor, I am seeking an interdisciplinary team of BSU students. 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. Impactful courses like this don’t come along very often. Tell your friends about the opportunity, as well. This course may fill up quickly!
To facilitate this project, we have local middle schools as community partners. They serve students from diverse backgrounds who do not consistently have the resources available to participate in CS and computational thinking (CT) activities. The focus of this immersive learning course will be to expose the partners’ students, particularly underrepresented minorities and females, to CS and CT—a need expressed by our partners. This project aims to assist the teachers by developing and documenting activities and modules that will better incorporate CS and CT experiences for their students.
For more information, contact Dave Largent, Department of Computer Science.
Glass Design: Technology and Industry
The glass industry has a strong history in the state of Indiana from companies such as the Ball Brothers and Indiana Glass. This immersive learning course will investigate the technological advances within the glass industry from the mid-19th century to today. At Ball State University’s Glick Center for Glass, students will experience these historic processes of manipulating glass with the use of wood and cast-iron factory molds, as well as, more current processes using 3D computer modeling. The course is open to non-glass majors.
For more information, contact Jennifer Halvorson, School of Art.
High Riding Art, Science, and Equestrian Day Camp
Are you interested in working a summer camp for students with mild disabilities?
The High Riding Art, Science, and Equestrian Day Camp projects offers authentic experiences for students seeking to design and implement a day camp program. The students in this project will study psychological, environmental, and cultural factors that affect children with mild and moderate disabilities.
Then, working collaboratively with several community agencies and nonprofit organizations, the students will plan and implement a two-week program for campers with disabilities. The camp will include horseback riding and associated equestrian experiences, arts and crafts, physical exercises, science, music, cooking, and other enrichment activities. The camp will run for two weeks in the summer.
This project may be of special interest to elementary education majors as it satisfies the requirement for SPCE 302, working with children with mild disabilities in the general education classroom. However, students from many different majors have participated and found the experiences to be very meaningful. All majors are encouraged to apply
Check out this video from past summers or this flier for more information.
For questions and to apply, please contact Ruth Jefferson, Department of Special Education.
“Do it yourself,” “makers” movements and the "makerspaces" that are so often the result of these movements cultivate direct, embodied community engagement through their emphasis on non-commercial, non-hierarchical material production based on “an aesthetic of necessity.” In makerspaces, open, community-based production facilities enable members to not only share machines, rooms, and materials, but also to work under an ethos of distributed knowledge and cooperatively-taught skills. This project will look at the ways an increased emphasis on (and celebration of) community craft and collaborative space is especially important and beneficial in post-industrial cities including the city of Muncie, Indiana, which have struggled to form a strong cultural identity in the wake of the withdrawal of the large-scale industry that sustained these cities in decades past.
Students in this seminar will be critical researchers conducting oral history interviews as well as ethnographic observation. They will participate in grounded theory research, in which we deliberately move back and forth between the data collection and analysis phases of research to craft a cohesive narrative of makers' work in Muncie and beyond. Students will create photo essays and narratives of Muncie makers, and will also be instrumental in planning and preparing for our community event: a showcase where we present our book, which will be a collection of oral histories of local makers, as well as a collection of digital photo essays and a documentary video.
For more inforation and to apply, please contact Laura Romano, Department of English.
Rape Culture in the Age of #MeToo (Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry)
Professor Jill Christman and students recruited from across the disciplines will begin the semester with a crash-course in podcasting. They will then exercise their varied expertise, perspectives, and skills to investigate rape culture and sexual assault on college campuses nationally, specifically assessing the climate here at Ball State, and asking why—when so many well-intentioned people, programs, and policies are working so hard—the rate of rape or attempted rape for women during their college careers has remained at a crisis-level one-in-five for over thirty years?
Jill is an essayist and memoirist, and as a survivor of a campus sexual assault, she has been telling her own story for years, most recently in “Slaughterhouse Island,” published in Roxane Gay’s Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. She is interested in the role storytelling might play in both the healing and prevention of sexual assault on our campuses, and will guide her students in collecting stories of rape culture and sexual assault on campus and producing a pilot podcast in which students use the knowledge they’ve gained to synthesize and contextualize these narratives. Throughout the semester, Jill and her students will partner with the local nonprofit storytelling organization, The Facing Project, to gather and archive some individual stories, as well as Jana’s Campaign to be part of a national collaboration to use storytelling to light up the dark corners that allow rape culture to persist on our campuses.
The contemporary #MeToo movement is fueled by the individual and collective voices of survivors telling their own stories about rape culture and sexual violence. This intensive, immersive, interdisciplinary seminar aspires to be the campus version of that movement, examining the limitless power of finding, owning, and telling our stories with the goal of moving in the direction of permanent, real change—and safer campuses for all.
To download the project application, please click here.
For more information, please contact Jill Christman, Department of English.