In nearly 20 years, Youth Radio has grown from a small radio-skills-training program in Berkeley, Calif., to a national organization with bureaus in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The program has helped young people develop marketable behind-the-scenes and on-air skills, winning it the most coveted awards in journalism. Now it's taking on another venture: app development. Find out more in this discovery.
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A research collaboration between Finland and the U.S. is aimed at advancing the best ideas from both sides of the ocean, with the goal of bringing new innovations to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in environments from kindergarten through undergraduate education. Read more in this news release.
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The Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings in NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources invests in projects to improve the effectiveness of STEM learning for people of all ages. Its mission includes promoting innovative research, development, and evaluation of learning and teaching across all STEM disciplines by advancing cutting-edge knowledge and practices in both formal and informal learning settings.
Youth Radio is an award-winning media production company that trains diverse young people in digital media and technology. Partnering with industry professionals, students learn to produce marketable media for massive audiences while bringing youth perspectives to issues of public concern. Their mission is to launch young people on career and education pathways by engaging them in work-based learning opportunities, creative expression, professional development, and health and academic support services.
March 3, 2014
STEM is "on the air" at Youth Radio
Media project teaches young people to investigate science stories as reporters, develop apps as programmers
It's after school, but this building in downtown Oakland, Calif., is buzzing with enthusiastic teenagers raring to go... learn! On any given day, these kids are working under tight deadlines that would make many adults sweat. Welcome to Youth Radio, part of a youth media project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to engage underrepresented 14-24 year olds with training and hands-on experience in engineering, and the social, physical and biological sciences.
The project is designed around core practices that engage youth in original research and inquiry through experimentation, development and creative use of new technologies and tools to communicate STEM to the public. This innovative new model for collaborations between STEM researchers and under-represented youth results in digital media that impacts the youth as well as the public's understanding of and engagement in science.
"Youth Radio continues developing new strategies using media and technology to engage and excite youth in STEM learning and careers. This model is giving young people skills for the future, as well as connecting them to scientist and technologist role models," says Sandra Welch, a program director in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings within NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources.
Youth Radio serves intensively 300 youth at its Oakland headquarters, 92 percent of whom are low-income and/or youth of color, plus an additional 4,000+ through outreach in schools, community centers, workshops and presentations across the country.
The activity in this episode was supported by NSF awards #1011085, "DO IT," and #0610272, "Science and Technology Program."
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