Story and photo by Paul Long, FLEACT, Yokosuka Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan – The Sullivans Elementary School, on board Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, hosted the 12th Annual Multiple Intelligence (MIMe) Day Festival, at several locations around the base, May 9.
“The festival celebrates different ways to be smart based on theories by Dr. Howard Gardner,” said Steve Parker, event organizer and a teacher at Sullivans School. “Kids, who are good at music or athletics, do not get much attention as the kids who are good at math or language under our traditional system. So these kids have this day that they can celebrate.”
Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory contains eight different types of intelligence; nature, inter-personal, intra-personal, kinesthetic, musical, spatial, language, and math.
“(MIMe) is a way for kids who have those intelligences to tap into them, to tell them, ‘Hey you’re successful too and that there are things that you can do better than anyone else,’” said Parker.
According to Parker, teachers use intelligence from one area to help a student in another area.
“If they’re a musical intelligence person, they can use that to help them with math, by singing their times tables to themselves,” Parker said. “They’re associating something they need to learn (math) with something that they like (music). What we’re trying to do is teach those kids to know a bit more about themselves, so that they can use that knowledge to learn other things.”
The Sushi Rollers, an adult female flat track roller derby team, were one of the presenters during the festival.
“Roller derby is a very empowering sport for women, girls and boys,” said Jaime ‘Turfinator’ Overturs. “It helps builds self-confidence for other sports. It gives you the power to keep trying for new things and to work towards a specific goal. Kids love to roller skate and this (roller derby) is a good way to reach them and show them that there are more than just conventional sports.”
More than 55 different groups and 200 presenters comprised of active duty military, middle and high school students and teachers, and local Japanese citizens showcased what they do in their military jobs, schools, and demonstrated unique Japanese cultural events.