Mindflight Enrichment Program Celebrates 10th Year at Plymouth State University

June 28th, 2004 by Adam

What began in 1994 as an academic day camp for 29 high-achieving seventh grade students from the Plymouth area is now a weeklong residential program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students with participants from New England, New York, New Jersey, Arizona and Israel.

One hundred students participated in the 10th Mindflight enrichment program in July. The modules are taught by teams of Plymouth State faculty and teachers from New Hampshire schools. Five former Mindflight students, Matthew Batchelder, Kevin and David McGarry, Mike St. Pierre and Sarah MacDonald, worked as faculty, technical support staff and/or counselors throughout the program. Each has graduated or is completing a degree at Plymouth State University, New York University or Rochester Institute of Technology.

Participants select one of five collaborative, interdisciplinary programs designed to integrate the sciences, technology, culture and the arts. The modules are:

  • Multimedia Madness, integrating individual experimentation with typography and digital imagery within the context of a collaborative group multimedia project.

  • Sights and Sounds of Space, where students receive instruction on various topics in astronomy, creating a computerized planetarium show (including digital music composition), and accessing additional astronomical information on the Internet.

  • Ecological Expeditions, integrating biology, statistics and computer technologies as students observe and collect specimens in the field, examine their specimens in the laboratory, and create multimedia presentations of their projects.

  • Mythical Masks of Creative Expression, exploring language and the visual arts by integrating creative writing, mythological symbols from various cultures, art and music.

  • Video Ventures, an experience in digital video design and production.

The Mindflight experience seeks to inspire students to continue their education, and fully immerses all participants in a university community. Their projects also serve as models for their classmates when they return to their home schools.

Another Mindflight educational program, ICET (Integrated Curriculum and Education Technology), took place at Plymouth State July 12 – 17. Teams of K – 12 New Hampshire teachers participated in a pre-training workshops to develop interdisciplinary, multimedia curricular materials for classroom instruction. The pre-training includes various applications for use during the intensive institute, and they will receive follow-up instruction and technical support during the school year.

For more information on either Mindflight program, contact James McGarry, (603) 535-2365, or jamesm@plymouth.edu.