First Year Seminar Students Participate in Service Learning Project


The Make Stuff/Do Things first year seminar class, led by Paul Wallace, engages students in concepts related to the Maker Movement, particularly digital making, which encourages and enables people to create, rather than merely consume, technology and media.

Students from the Make Stuff/Do Things class participated in a service learning project that allowed them to give back to the community. They used their knowledge and experience from class and created QR barcodes for the plants in Daniel Boone Native Gardens, located off of Horn in the West drive in Boone. Visitors can now scan the QR codes mounted on wooden posts next to the plants. The code will then lead the visitor to informative web pages created by students. These web pages include pictures, facts, and descriptions.

Wallace said that a big reason for conducting a service-learning project with First Year Seminar students was that it introduces them to their community through the act of helping others. “I think service-learning is a great way to learn,” Wallace said. “It gets students involved in real life activities. It’s not just making codes for a class that no one will use; it’s engaging the community and giving the project authenticity.”

The QR codes provide much needed signage for the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. The students enjoyed getting outside and showing off their hard work. The Make Stuff/ Do Things students will finish the fall semester collaborating with Dr. Michael Vallace and his students at Future University Hakodate in Hokkaido, Japan. Wallace and Vallace’s students will work together via web conferencing to complete four activities. By the end of the collaboration students will build a robot.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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