Helping students find their voice: Radio production and STEM learning Ari W. Epstein  Terrascope Program Office of Experie...
Complementary programs: <ul><li>Terrascope Radio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Class for freshmen in Terrascope Program </li></ul>...
Why Radio? <ul><li>Unfamiliar, so students have few preconceptions </li></ul><ul><li>Linear medium requires concision, con...
Terrascope Radio <ul><li>Work to understand radio from the inside, as  producers,  not just consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Le...
 
Outcomes for students <ul><li>Improved communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to see broader implications of techn...
Terrascope Youth Radio <ul><li>Collaboration with Cambridge Youth Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse groups of teens aged ...
Select Broadcast/Audio Accomplishments <ul><li>“ Fresh Greens” hour-long special on teens and the environment (NHPR, other...
 
Outcomes for Teen Interns <ul><li>Subtler understanding of “environmental” stories </li></ul><ul><li>Change in attitudes a...
Outcomes for Undergraduate Mentors <ul><li>Mentoring relationship (pride in teens’ accomplishments, respect earned, etc.) ...
Acknowledgments <ul><li>Prof. Rafael Bras </li></ul><ul><li>Profs. Sam Bowring, Kip Hodges </li></ul><ul><li>Debra Aczel a...
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Helping Students Find Their Voice: Radio Production and STEM Learning - Ari Epstein

  1. 1. Helping students find their voice: Radio production and STEM learning Ari W. Epstein Terrascope Program Office of Experiential Learning and Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. 2. Complementary programs: <ul><li>Terrascope Radio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Class for freshmen in Terrascope Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Semester-long, project-based, team-oriented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students produce program on the year’s Terrascope topic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Terrascope Youth Radio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach program to local urban youth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teens create radio on environmental topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MIT students serve as mentors </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why Radio? <ul><li>Unfamiliar, so students have few preconceptions </li></ul><ul><li>Linear medium requires concision, constant attention to audience’s needs </li></ul><ul><li>Low barrier to entry </li></ul><ul><li>High threshold for success </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful and evocative </li></ul>
  4. 4. Terrascope Radio <ul><li>Work to understand radio from the inside, as producers, not just consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to listen </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to operate equipment and software (hands-on lab sessions) </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to tell stories using only sound (class listening sessions) </li></ul>
  5. 6. Outcomes for students <ul><li>Improved communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to see broader implications of technical issues, understand multiple points of view </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthened teamwork skills </li></ul><ul><li>Increased competence in listening and interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Greater self-confidence </li></ul><ul><li>New areas of enthusiasm </li></ul>
  6. 7. Terrascope Youth Radio <ul><li>Collaboration with Cambridge Youth Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse groups of teens aged 14-18 </li></ul><ul><li>Summer intensive session; school-year session </li></ul><ul><li>Stipends for interns </li></ul><ul><li>MIT students play key roles </li></ul><ul><li>Goals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage interns, listeners in STEM topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage other youth programs in STEM topics </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Select Broadcast/Audio Accomplishments <ul><li>“ Fresh Greens” hour-long special on teens and the environment (NHPR, others) </li></ul><ul><li>Green audio tour of Boston Children’s Museum </li></ul><ul><li>“ Clearwater Moments” (Northeast Public Radio) </li></ul><ul><li>Live broadcasts (Blunt Youth Radio) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Cambridge and the Environment” special (WMBR) </li></ul><ul><li>Local outreach </li></ul>
  8. 10. Outcomes for Teen Interns <ul><li>Subtler understanding of “environmental” stories </li></ul><ul><li>Change in attitudes about science/scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Increased maturity, ability to take on and complete tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Increased ability to research, understand and communicate STEM stories </li></ul><ul><li>Comfort in interview situations </li></ul><ul><li>Increased teamwork skills </li></ul><ul><li>Comfort in MIT setting </li></ul>
  9. 11. Outcomes for Undergraduate Mentors <ul><li>Mentoring relationship (pride in teens’ accomplishments, respect earned, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Experience in teaching, curriculum design, organization </li></ul><ul><li>Own listening and production skills sharpened </li></ul><ul><li>Increased communication skills in various settings </li></ul><ul><li>Experience guiding project-based learning </li></ul>
  10. 12. Acknowledgments <ul><li>Prof. Rafael Bras </li></ul><ul><li>Profs. Sam Bowring, Kip Hodges </li></ul><ul><li>Debra Aczel and Ruth Weinrib </li></ul><ul><li>Prof. Henry Jenkins </li></ul><ul><li>Claire Holman and the Blunt Youth Radio interns </li></ul><ul><li>Public Radio Exchange </li></ul><ul><li>National Science Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Henry Luce Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Massiah Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Offices of MIT Chancellor and Provost </li></ul><ul><li>Alex and Brit D’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education </li></ul>

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