All seven colleges and 45 academic departments have completed more than 1,250 projects between 2007 and 2013. About 20,800 students have engaged in these transformative experiences to impact our region, our state, and our world. Here are some of their recent accomplishments.
In 2012, a group of 40 students and instructors from eight disciplines traveled to London to tell the stories of the Summer Olympics in words, graphics, photos, and video. The team saw more than 260 of its pieces published in news outlets including the Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, USA Today College, and NBC affiliate WTHR. A second group of 24 students are preparing for coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in Russia.
A team of Ball State students joined with peers from the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky to compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The international competition challenges 20 collegiate teams to blend affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency in building a house. The students' solar-powered house is a permanent and sustainable post-disaster prototype that can be quickly deployed for the families that have lost their homes to disaster.
Each year a new group of students participates in Ball State Sports Link, an immersive learning program in which students write, report, shoot, produce, and host a variety of sports programs. The Sports Link team produces programming that airs on local and national networks, including ESPN and Fox College Sports.
Fourteen Ball State students adapted Cathy Day's Hoosier novel The Circus in Winter into an original musical that has won a series of national accolades, including honors at the National Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and inclusion in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's 2012 Festival of New Musicals.
An immersive learning team of 12 students spent six months working with Indianapolis' Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library to create a digitization of the Hoosier author's physical manuscripts, a film archive and oral history of the author, a traveling exhibit and new products for its gift shop, and development of a marketing plan to help the library become self-sustaining.
In addition to these exciting projects, you can learn more about immersive learning projects sponsored by Building Better Communities (BBC), which matches Ball State’s expertise and resources with community partners throughout the state, and the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, which has been exploring the connections among the arts, humanities, sciences, and technology through student-produced projects since 2000.
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