Examples of Funded Partnership Projects
The Space Between: The Process of Presenting Scientific Information to the Public
Campus Partners: Dr. Amanda Irvin – Honors College, Fall 2012 Honors Colloquium
Community Partners: Barren River Imaginative Museum of Science (BRIMS)
BRIMS opened in 1994 with 20 exhibits. Today, BRIMS features 60 hands-on exhibits which have been visited by over 75,000 students. BRIMS visits school classrooms and presents programs to students in the 10 -county area surrounding Bowling Green, KY. Additionally, BRIMS works with Western Kentucky University to obtain grants to improve science and math education at five area middle schools. Recently, BRIMS closed its doors due to lack of funding, but thanks to numerous concerned community members who have joined efforts, the museum is now in the process of rebuilding itself into the hands-on science center that our community deserves. BRIMS has reopened at the Greenwood Mall and is in need of exhibits and development of outreach programs specifically related to biology, geology and atmospheric sciences.
The aim of this service-learning project is to provide students with a hands-on experience that highlights the challenges faced when important but often controversial scientific information is packaged for a non-scientific public by planning and reflecting on an exhibit or outreach program for Barren River Imaginative Museum of Science (BRIMS).
Community Development Track
Refugee Craft Cooperative
Campus Partners: J. Krist Schell, WKU SIFE, ALIVE CCP, Folk Studies & Anthropology
Community Partners: Artisans from the Bowing Green refugee community, particularly of Burmese and Iraqi origin, Bowling Green International Center, Greenwood Baptist Church, CEDARS (Center for Education, Development, Acculturation, and Resolution Services)
The Refugee Craft Cooperative creates partnerships that empower local refugee artisans through a self-sufficient and cooperative craft enterprise. Selling traditional fiber crafts provide the opportunity to generate alternative forms of income for refugee families in Bowling Green. Important secondary aims of the Refugee Craft Cooperative are to foster community building and connections for newcomer and refugee communities in Bowling Green, value refugee folk art traditions and foster cultural sustainability, and create engagement opportunities for students to work with the Cooperative and the refugee community through volunteer and internship positions.
Community-Based Research Track
Healthy and Active Lifestyle Training for at Risk Youth to Prevent Childhood and Adult Obesity
Campus Partners: Sandhya Bhoyar and Department of Public Health
Community Partners: Housing Authority of Bowling Green
Obesity is a major public health threat and one of the leading health problems in the nation. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010), the prevalence of obesity has doubled since 1980 among adults in the United States. Obesity affects around one third of the United States adult population (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data, 2007). Kentucky is facing an adult and child obesity epidemic with the state ranking third (21%) in childhood obesity and seventh (30.5%) in adult obesity (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). According to a community health assessment conducted by the Barren River Local Health Department in 2007, 75% considered obesity and overweight as the second most serious health problem having the greatest impact on overall community health.
Young people must be taught how to be proactive in maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle. The purpose of this project is to educate the students of the Housing Authority of Bowling Green on the importance of a good nutrition and active lifestyle in order to prevent obesity and promote a healthy lifestyle.