SOCIAL STUDIES give a HUMAN CONTEXT for reality.
2011 - FAST continued to partner with the Star Theater in supporting the annual Great Gray Matter Challenge, a community activity covering all four general areas of the Forum's interest, and $200 was collected for the Morgan County Library’s Literacy Fund. The winning team in 2011 celebrated its third consecutive win and accepted the challenge to recruit more teams to compete in 2012 - - producing the highest ever participation in 2012. The winning 2012 team celebrated its fourth consecutive win and accepted the challenge to recruit even more teams to compete in 2013. The Very Short Video contest made 3 awards for entries in Social Studies. Support was given to the local Civil War Historical society for a public marker sign.
2010-The Very Short Video contest made three awards for the 10 entries in Social Studies. FAST continued to partner with the Star Theater in supporting the annual Great Gray Matter Challenge, a community activity covering all four general fields of the Forum's interest, and $200 was collected for the Morgan County Library’s Literacy Fund. An advanced training award in social science for study in Taiwan went to Lesley Yost.
2009 - To help make “Academic Games” or “Brain Games” a regular part of Morgan County daily life, FAST co-sponsored the “Great Gray Matter Challenge” with the Morgan County Library and collected funds for the Morgan County Literacy Fund. The social dynamics of sharing information is an integral part of our role in informal community education. The spring songwriter contest invited songs about “Social Justice” and made three awards from 17 entries. The November contest made three awards from 10 song entries about “Morgan County Life”. Awards were also made at the County Fair for the top three of 10 very short videos on social studies.
2008 - While planning songwriter and video contests, the WVU Extension Director, Denis Scott, noted that FAST did not acknowledge a large set of information in Social Studies. As a result, categories for Social Studies were added to give four areas for very short video contest awards and for continuing program interactions that blend arts and technologies while viewing and interpreting the reality around us.
2007 - FAST co-sponsored with the Morgan County Library an exhibit and community discussions of how computer technology can give people easy access to examine and learn details of published Morgan County reports and how broadband internet helps access the West Virginia Code and other documents describing required local government procedures.
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