Approximately 60 high school scholars from 30 school districts across the state will be on the campus of Mississippi University for Women for the annual Mississippi Governor’s School residential honors program.
The program that begins today will run through Saturday, June 15. This year’s theme is “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Humanity’s Newest Leap.”
“Students attending the Mississippi Governor’s School share a common desire to explore academic and intellectual topics and to engage in creative pursuits at a level and pace not always possible during the regular school year,” said Melinda Lowe, director for Outreach & Innovation and coordinator of education.
Each summer, MGS brings together high potential learners from across the state of Mississippi for a two-week residential collegiate experience that blends cultural, academic, social and recreational components into a rich and natural learning environment.
One feature that distinguishes the governor’s school model from traditional models of learning is the emphasis on the interaction between formal and informal learning, which often results in more autonomous and self-reflective learners.
Using humanities, the arts, science and mathematics and their interrelatedness as a forum, major courses examine the relationships between the application of knowledge and the social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and educational issues facing a changing world.
MGS participants are assigned a major course, for which they receive college credit, and interest area course for the duration of the program. Major course titles include, “Designing for Innovation and Change,” “History of the Walt Disney Company-The Man Behind the Ears” and “Flora of the Civil War.” Interest area courses include podcasts, classical and Latin ballroom dancing and a mock trial centering around driverless cars.
Through a new partnership with The W’s Department of Campus Recreation and Athletics, MGS will offer recreational activities to participants for three days of each week.
Lowe said, “MGS offers some of our brightest students in the state a place where they can be challenged and exposed to new ideas, new friends and new experiences.”
The curriculum for the MGS is developed each year based on course proposals submitted by university faculty and educators from Mississippi and other states.
MGS was established in 1981 at The W by the administration and faculty and by Gov. William F. Winter. Since its establishment, the MGS has provided approximately 3,500 students from across the state with a high quality educational experience that has challenged them to grow as individuals.
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