Open Projects

Spring 2016

The Butterfly Project

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in downtown Fort Wayne is building a showcase butterfly garden and seeks students to develop design ideas and educational materials for the installation. This new garden space, dubbed a "nectar garden," will bring nature inside, providing a seasonal display for visitors to enjoy.

The Butterfly Project course unites thematic design with education, in order to share with visitors the magic of metamorphosis, the habitat needs of specific species, and the plight of endangered and threatened species. Students from landscape architecture, architecture, planning, natural resources, art (including sculpture), education, history, journalism, and storytelling are encouraged to apply. Enrollment is by permission only. Students will be able to earn landscape architecture or ID credits. The class will meet in the spring 2016 semester on Thursdays from 12:30pm - 3:30pm and attendance will be required on field trips throughout the semester. For more information, contact Martha Hunt, Department of Landscape Architecture. APPLY NOW! 

Summer 2016

High Riding Art and Equestrian Camp

Looking a fun course working with children in a relaxed setting? The Blackford County High Riding Art and Equestrian Day Camp project will offer authentic experiences for students who may seek to design and implement a day camp program. The students in this project will study psychological, environmental, and cultural factors that contribute to mild and moderate disabilities, and characteristics of individuals with disabilities.         

Working collaboratively with schools, local service providers, and several community agencies and nonprofit organizations, BSU students will plan and implement a two-week long program for children with disabilities. The camp will include horseback riding, swimming, art experiences, science, technology, sports, and other enrichment activities. Themed activities will fill each day, culminating in a family carnival. Preliminary planning meetings for this project will be held during spring semester. Content will be online during May, culminating in the camp late June. Presence on campus will only be required during the two weeks of camp and a few days prior. All majors are welcome and desired, as varied skill sets are needed for this camp. Research opportunities are being planned. Elementary Education majors may substitute this project for SPCE 302, a required course in your program!

For more information, contact Ruth Jones, Department of Special Education. APPLY NOW! 

Team 2

Want an interesting course helping reluctant readers better their skills? The TEAM 2 project will offer authentic experiences for students interested in implementing a reading intervention program with at-risk youth. BSU students in this project will study psychological, environmental, and cultural factors that contribute to reading difficulties, and develop skills in applying proven reading strategies.       

Working collaboratively with a community agency, BSU students will spend the semester making a real difference in the lives of young people. The project will include small group work and cutting-edge reading instruction. Applicants to this project must be 21 by June 1, 2016. This project may be of special interest to the following majors: Sociology, Criminal Justice, Education, Psychology, and other helping professions, but all majors are welcome and desired, as varied skill sets are needed for this project. 

For more information, contact Lindsay Rye. Dr. Ruth Jefferson and Dr. Janay Sander are project leaders. APPLY NOW!