With the first year of the FIRE program complete, Moravian faculty are looking towards 2019-2020 with genuine enthusiasm.
The Class of 2022 set the bar quite high for future FIRE classes. In addition to completing three major projects within their three core FIRE courses (English 9, World History 1, and Biology), this year’s freshmen also completed their own Independent FIRE Projects on a variety of topics, boasting a 100% completion rate. Students explored their interests in fields ranging from architecture to zoology, psychoanalysis to soccer, salt to fat to acid to heat; horse-riding to Kangaroo Care, bike-building to banjo-making; the art of ancient warfare and the science of modern pop-culture, among other original topics. Some built physical models on topics as varied as salt-water batteries and post-World War II American sports; others sought to question the status quo through topics exploring the role of the Electoral College and the reliability of modern forensics. Many made videos; several produced podcasts. Overall, the vast range of topics exhibited our students’ collective creativity and capacity to persevere.
During their sophomore year, the Class of 2022 will be permitted to submit proposals for Comenius Projects, some of which may derive from the foundations laid during this year’s FIRE program. Faculty encourage students to remain active as readers and writers over the summer months as they work towards greater sophistication and higher-level critical thinking. As the FIRE program evolves in coming months and years, we encourage all members of the Moravian community to engage as often as possible in interdisciplinary thinking so that the best of what we do may emerge into the world beyond.
FIRE has been ignited by the Class of 2022, and we look forward to helping the Class of 2023 carry the torch onward!