PSY 104 Week 5 Final Project: Recreation and Family Center Proposal
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Your community is opening a brand new recreation and family center. Now that you are an expert in the field, you have been chosen to lead a development team that will create a proposal for interactive, fun, and educational activities and other features that will be provided for children and adolescents. Utilize problem-solving techniques in exploring developmental issues, grounded in child development, in order to assess what should be included in each room. Once you have chosen these features, you must present your ideas to a mock city council board with both a written outline of what will be included, and an interactive presentation that you can show them which will relate your ideas as well as the value of continued learning throughout childhood and adolescence.
Your proposal must include designs for the development of five different rooms in the recreation and family center which have been set aside for classes and activities for the following age groups:
- Infant (0-1 year)
- Toddler (1-3 years)
- Early Childhood (3-6 years)
- Middle/Late Childhood (7-12 years)
- Adolescence (13-18 years)
There are two parts to your final project; a written script (Part A) and a visual presentation (Part B). In Part A, create a script for your visual presentation in which you identify and describe at least two weekly classes or activities for each age group that address their developmental pathways: physical, cognitive, and psychosocial. All three domains of development must be addressed within your classes or activities. For example, you may have one class which enhances cognitive and psychosocial development and a second class which enhances physical development. You will demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the age group’s developmental continuum by explaining your reasoning for choosing each class or activity in each room based on your analysis of theory and current child development research.
Additionally, you will go “shopping” for at least one age-appropriate game, toy, picture, or other “play” item to place in each room. Keep in mind that this may include things like art, music, technology, or safety elements as you deem fit. For each item you place in the room, your presentation will provide a picture and a link to a website from which the item can be purchased by the city and your script will provide an explanation for why the city should purchase the item for the room.
The overall goal of the written script and visual presentation is much like that of a grant proposal, in which a developer must convince the funding group that his/her new business or venture is both cost-effective and beneficial to the community. You are encouraged to be creative and persuasive in your script, but remember that everything must be supported by the theories and research covered in our class. Included in PART A is a Written Script template, demonstrating what information should be included in your written portion of the project. While you are expected to cite facts and include a reference page in your script, these do not need to be read out loud in your final visual presentation.
In addition to the written component of the assignment, Part B will utilize Prezi.com and Screenr.com to share your learning acquisition in child development with the members of a mock city council in an interactive proposal which visually and vocally presents the activities, classes, and products which should be available in each room. The Prezi program allows you to design your recreation and family center proposal as if you were guiding a visitor through each separate classroom. Your Prezi must include a picture of each room (appropriately labeled), while you will utilize Screenr.com to provide the voice-over description of what will be in each room. Below is a sample Screenr presentation, demonstrating how your own Prezi might look and what you might say in your proposal. (Please note that this is a sample only. No part of this video should be used in your own assignment.)