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Brains and Beakers

Photo of Youth Radio students engaging with hand-made digital instruments

"Brains and Beakers" is a production of Youth Radio, a Peabody/Murrow/Dupont/Kennedy Award-winning youth-driven production company headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with bureaus and correspondents across the U.S. and around the world. With NSF support, the series, which is part of Youth Radio's Mobile Action Lab, invites scientists to engage in dynamic dialogues with students in Youth Radio's after-school media education program. Presenters demonstrate their research and share their methods and career paths. The students, for their part, host the event and study up on the scientists in advance--shaping the conversation with their unexpected questions. The event sparks new thinking for presenters and students alike, and allows viewers to glimpse young people making real-time discoveries through exposure to leading-edge science. Youth Radio students record "Brains and Beakers" events and co-produce multimedia stories about them, which are distributed through digital outlets. "Brains and Beakers" was created in collaboration with Boing Boing's David Pescovitz. Stay tuned for the next episode airing on Feb. 18, 2011.

To learn more about Youth Radio's "Brains and Beakers," visit the Mobile Action Lab website: https://youthradio.org/creative-studio/article/draft-diy-toolkit-how-to-come-up-with-your-own-mobile-app/.

To learn about the previous episode of "Brains and Beakers" and the video, visit: http://www.youthradio.org/news/brains-and-beakers.



Credit: Kai Hsing/YOUTH RADIO