Exploration & Discovery

Exploration & Discovery Cluster

The Exploration and Discovery integrated cluster embraces scholarship, research and experiential learning in all their forms. Faculty in the sciences, the humanities, and other fields use their expertise to work independently or in collaboration with each other, students, and outside partners to promote learning, the advancement of knowledge, and service. Together, they explore natural, societal, cultural, educational, and other questions of their interest. They also engage in academic activities that promote curiosity and inquiry-based learning, and through their scholarship contribute to the betterment of society, locally and beyond.

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Growing NHDNH Phase 1
Project Submitter
John Krueckeberg

Project Description: To build a strong connection between PSU and the New Hampshire Historical Society, this project creates a relationship between the two entities via an experiential learning project conducted in partnership with the nation’s exemplary National History Day (NHD) program run collaboratively by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society, a model public university/state-historical-society enterprise that uses college students in open-lab-like settings to reach over 25,000 secondary students each year.1 This grant will help the state-wide program sponsored by PSU, National History Day in New Hampshire (NHDNH), grow strategically by funding phase I of an envisioned multi-year growth plan.

This year’s project, phase I, will utilize a matching grant from the Minnesota Historical Society so as to integrate four members of three entities. From PSU a history professor from the Exploration & Discovery Cluster will join with a social studies education professor in the Education, Democracy, & Social Change Cluster; they will collaborate with the education outreach director of the New Hampshire Historical Society, and all three will work with the education outreach director of the Minnesota Historical Society who holds a joint appointment as a history professor at the University of Minnesota. In the fall the three NH participants will spend five days/four nights in Minnesota learning how the university and society work together, fulfilling each institution’s public mission through a collaborative effort. In addition to tours of facilities and meetings with key stakeholders, the NH participants will participate in statewide programming (in rural and urban settings) so as to witness the ways the Minnesota History Day program integrates college students with historical society resources so as to teach (and hone) career-preparing and college-level skills for secondary students.

In the spring the Minnesota participant will follow-up with several days of on-site visits with the NH Historical Society and PSU participants, providing valuable and professional feedback, follow-up, and his perspectives towards growing PSU’s NHD program (NHDNH) in “open lab” ways with a strong PSU-New Hampshire Historical Society partnership. Also the two PSU investigators will travel to the University of Maryland at College Park to visit the national headquarters of the NHD program, attend teacher workshops which they can model in NH, and expose the program at the national level to the PSU coordinator of the Social Studies Education major.