Providing real-world relevant experiences for our students was identified in the MVEF Strategic Plan by creating the Unveil the World and Its Wonders programs. The program with multiple tracks such as:
Machines and Marvels or Tinkers tracks
Show students how the “value chain” works from the spark of an idea through the design of the product through the manufacturing of the item through the sale of the good through the use in a home or an organization. Lead students on tours of architecture/computer-aided design/drafting studios; building sites/manufacturing plants; ground shipping/air distribution centers; retail destinations; and consumer environments. Discuss the roles of applied sciences, materials, business systems and methods, and logistics.
Pens and Poets track
Reveal the livelihoods of novelists, journalists, copywriters, poets, and others who make a living through their literary eloquence. Lead students on tours of publishing houses, writers’ workshops, newsrooms, ad agencies, printing presses, and bookstores. Discuss the range of writing styles and applications, the craft and discipline of writing, and ways the publishing and the media industries are evolving.
Vocals and Visuals track
Enable students to see the arts in practice. Run a tour series for students to visit art studios, museums, galleries, and retail spaces, plus music rehearsal spaces, concert halls, recording studios, and music stores. Discuss sound dynamics, composition, color theory, textures, lighting, recording technology, intellectual property, and retail strategy.
Micros and Macros track
Enable students to visit chemistry, biology, and physics labs; tour observatories and amusement parks (to consider the physics of roller coasters and water parks, for example); and discuss theories and applications of math, science, and engineering.
Nature and Nurturers track
Lead students through farms, gardens, greenhouses, nurseries, kitchens, zoos, animal shelters, and landscapes. Discuss the roles of agricultural science, solar energy, animal biology and physiology, and landscape design and materials.
Health and Safety track
Visit health centers and hospitals, veterinary offices, public safety agencies, water treatment centers, and traffic safety centers. Discuss anatomy, physiology, hygiene, conservation, and policies and resources for public safety.
Fortville Elementary teacher Jessica Daugherty and Mount Comfort Elementary teacher Amy McCleery were both awarded a grant from the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation implemented the Nature and Nurturers track to create a community garden for their respective schools incorporating and designing the gardens utilizing educational study areas of science, energy, agriculture, along with the work that is needed in providing these needed crops and the role agriculture plays in our ecosystems.