The Blackford County High Riding Art and
Equestrian Day Camp project offered authentic experiences for students seeking
to design and implement a day camp program.
The students in this project studied psychological, environmental and
cultural factors that contribute to mild and moderate disabilities. Working collaboratively with several
community agencies and nonprofit organizations, the students planned and
implemented a week-long program for students with disabilities. The camp included horseback riding, art
experiences and other enrichment activities.
To view a video of this project, click here.
Camp Adventure Environmental Learning Center, operated through Muncie Community Schools and Muncie Noon Optimist Club, is a local challenge course offering outdoor ropes courses and team-building programs to area schools. They needed a business plan and marketing strategy for updating the property and also branding and promoting their services to the corporate community. This student team provided just that by collecting information about the program’s needs and developed an integrated marketing communication plan for enhanced revenue and greater utilization for this beautiful, vital facility.
This team’s focus was on learning
about and making recommendations for improving CASA’s volunteer retention,
recruitment and training programs.
Students also worked on developing a system for implementing a
non-advocate volunteer program. Throughout this semester, the team met with
guest speakers, attended CASA training sessions, Board of Directors meetings
and juvenile court, and toured the Youth Opportunity Center to familiarize themselves
with the entire youth justice process.
from a variety of disciplines worked with selected charter schools in Indiana
to research best practices and high performance school design. Their goal
was to develop ways to incorporate environmentally sustainable strategies into
the planning and design of charter school buildings. This project
consisted of developing solutions for both new construction and the adaptive
reuse of existing buildings. Students were also involved in traveling to the
schools, interviewing charter school students and faculty, discussing and
presenting ideas to school administration and board members, and contributing
to school profiles examining curriculum, funding, and facility planning.
team of students developed a computer-simulated archeology experience for use
in elementary classrooms. Under the
leadership of faculty mentors from history, anthropology and computer science,
an archeological simulation of the Moore-Youse Home Museum in Delaware County
was created. Team members defined the
format, designed the simulation, gathered sources of information and
illustrative content, identified comparison artifacts, created graphics, and
worked with schools and other community partners on testing and review. The
experience for elementary students will include field work preparation,
excavation, documentation, lab analysis, artifact examination and
interpretation. Support for this project
was provided by Emerging Technologies and the Digital Corps.
An interdisciplinary team
of students spent six weeks designing and two weeks executing a health and
wellness camp for 3rd-6th graders in the Blackford and Jay County school
systems. The inclusive camp demonstrated to approximately 50 students how to
live a healthier lifestyle through physical activity. The camp enhanced the students’
understanding of wellness, provided them with a framework for living a healthy
active lifestyle, offered opportunities for physical activity during the
summer, and created opportunities for making new friends.
Hillcroft Services Inc., a
locally based nonprofit, helps adults with disabilities reach their full
potential. An annual report provides more than
information about a company’s financial health. Team members in this project
designed an annual report, created brochures and developed a strategy for
delivering Hillcroft’s message to its newfound target audience.
A team of Telecommunications
students worked with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission to produce a series of
short videos to be used as public service announcements speaking to the price
This combined team was formed from
a cross-section of students from business, child development, social work, and
exercise science. Students researched and developed curriculum material for a
character education program that can be infused into existing community youth
sport organizations. The results are a potential industry standard for the
certification of youth sports organizations nationwide.
Home Brands, a company based in Daleville, Indiana, is a manufacturer of Pine
Mountain Fireplace Logs. To supplement
their current marketing strategy, website banner videos and YouTube social
media videos were created to highlight and promote their product. The team produced high-quality professional videos
to effectively represent the products.
This team of students created
videos highlighting several tourist destinations in Delaware County. The videos
will be displayed by the Muncie Visitors Bureau in their kiosks and on their
website. The 30-second promotional videos feature Minnetrista Cultural Center,
The David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University, The Muncie Children’s
Museum, Cardinal Greenway & Prairie Creek Reservoir, and the National Model
This student team used their
imagination and technical skills to bridge 18th century America to 21st century
elementary students. Using up-to-date historiography, this team replaced fading
film, missing perspectives, and outdated documentaries with a new social
studies video curriculum about the life of Revolutionary War figure George
Rogers Clark. The American Revolution west of the Appalachian Mountains is an
important test standard for which there is no effective curriculum for fourth
and fifth grade students. Students incorporated digital animation, public
relations, education, history, marketing, and public relations to create a
dynamic tool for learning.
Students teamed with Parkview
Hospital in Fort Wayne to pilot a signature curriculum for third-grade students
and develop a curriculum for fourth-grade students about healthy eating and
physical activity. Students assisted with marketing of the curriculum,
development of videos to support curriculum branding, and public relations. The University Teleplex provided support for
This student team learned about
living and working in a sustainable way by assessing Ball State’s
environmental, economic, and social impact on their community. The results are
a part of a sustainability report to the Council on the Environment (COTE) at
Ball State University. Students acquired experience that puts their work on par
with what has become mainstream reporting among the largest 250 companies in
Muncie’s Tuhey Pool, a local
fixture since 1934, reopened in 2011 after an extensive renovation. The City of
Muncie sought help from Ball State students to provide a long-term plan to
manage and finance the operation of the pool and its new recreational and
sports features. The student team
drafted workable marketing and business plans while gaining experience working
with Muncie’s economic and political leaders.
Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) partnered with Ball State University to
produce showcase videos for various locations around the state of Indiana.
Student teams constructed 90-second videos for the Visit Indiana website, VisitIndiana.com.
The team also showcased their partnership through a public relations campaign
and social media to further generate awareness of Indiana travel opportunities.
The product supports the state’s promotion of “Visit Indiana Week.”
To view a video of this project, click here.
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