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Muskingum College Offers Summer Honors classes for 10th and 11th graders

MARCH 19, 2004 - Muskingum College is offering three one-week summer honors classes for 10th and 11th graders. The Summer Honors Institute, "History Detectives: Building Clues to the Past," is set for July 11-17, July 18-24, and July 25-31. The courses provide students with opportunities to discover the region through historical, socio-cultural, environmental, and architectural perspectives.

"Working side-by-side with college professors and local experts, students will use the problem-based learning approach," explained Erin Brumbaugh, associate professor of education at Muskingum College. Brumbaugh and Vicki Wilson, professor of education, are co-directors of the program. Instructors for the program will be Steve McGuire, professor of sociology; Susan Mangus, assistant professor of history; and Linda Rogness, associate professor of education.

Student sleuths will visit sites such as the John and Annie Glenn Historic Site in New Concord, Roscoe Village in Coshocton, the Y-bridge in Zanesville, the Canal locks on the Muskingum River, the Longaberger Homestead, the Hopewell Indian Mounds in Newark, and early settler sites at Zoar and Schoenbrunn

"These sites will serve as points of exploration," said Brumbaugh. "Students will explore the significance of each location to the peoples of the area. Each week will provide the opportunity to investigate pre-statehood Ohio, and the 19th and 20th centuries."

Participants will work in small groups according to interest areas on a problem of their choosing, and will then visit these historical sites, working with local experts and faculty on questions related to history, architecture, environmental science, math, and socio-cultural factors.

"Students will be also be taught the tools of observation, perspective-taking, and use of primary sources," explained Brumbaugh. She added that students will be charged with developing their own set of problems to investigate. "We anticipate that students will use a particular place, with its documents and resources, to learn the behaviors of an historian or sociologist," she said. "We also want students to leave with a 'feel' for college life."

Students who apply to be participants must be identified as talented and gifted. The program is funded by the Ohio Department of Education and Muskingum College.

There is a $160 fee for room and board which includes lodging in a college residence hall, and all meals. Supervised evening recreational activities are also planned. For more information, contact Brumbaugh at 740/826-8036 or erinb@muskingum.edu for more information.