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The Pathways to Discovery Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2000, $1,000,000)

Project Summary for 2000-MU-FX-0012 S-1

The University of Montana's Pathways to Discovery Project is a community-based program that will explore and develop models that engage at-risk middle and high school age youth in technology after-school program in rurual Montana. There will be an emphasis on recruiting Native American youth. The program will reach four different project sites including Mission Valley YMCA, Missoula County Public Schools, Missoula YMCA, and Dillon School. Each of these program sites will provide youth with computer technology instruction and access to computers in a lab designed for their education. As a final project each child will create his own autobiographical website describing his experience in the program and community. This creation of digital story telling wil utilize a range of technology including the internet, photoshop, digital cameras, and digital recording materials. Additional activities will include field trips and lectures about local history and culture. The goal of the Pathways to Discovery Project is to decrease the sense of alienation among rural youth by connecting them with the community, their heritage, and the increasingly technology-based society.



Date Created: August 22, 2000