1. Leah Clapman
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/leahclapman
  3. Managing Editor, Education
  5. PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs
  1. William Swift
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-swift-pmp-36775b6/
  3. Coordinating Producer. PBS NewsHour STEM and Health Student Reporting Labs
  5. PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour STEM Student Reporting Labs

NSF Awards: 1503315

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Undergraduate, Informal / multi-age

The PBS NewsHour's STEM Student Reporting Labs video journalism program transforms classrooms into newsrooms. Students work in teams, on deadline, to produce stories for an authentic national audience of their peers and PBS broadcast and digital platforms. 

The STEM Reporting Labs are part of a network of over 130 schools in 42 states. We focus on high school and middle school students in under-resourced districts and connect them to mentors at their local public media station and STEM practitioners in their communities.

The program goes outside the box to engage kids in STEM, STEM stories and STEM careers. Video production builds STEM skills: cameras, lenses, focus, light levels, electrical power loads, lighting, microphones, audio, wave-forms and color correction are all skills students have to master to be proficient at their craft. Students develop an understanding of applied physics while building communication, teamwork and problem solving skills.

This year's challenge asked STEM Reporting Labs to explore how people in their community are solving problems with STEM and how engineers are shaping our world and our future.

We welcome ideas for next year's prompt!

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