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Project | 2-4 weeks

Engineering: Our People, Our Planet - How We Shape Our World


Overview:

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What do the iPhone, the internet, the Hoover Dam and genetically engineered mosquitoes have in common? They were all created by engineers. Engineers are people who can imagine a reality that does not exist, think through how to bring that vision into being, and design and execute their designs in reality.

Engineering is about the imagination, creativity and incredible focus that allows humans to create the future.

In the words of MIT President Reif, as engineers we are “restlessly reinventing” ourselves to make a better world. The notion of making a better world is not sloganeering. It’s what we do. It’s what we have always done.

  1. Who is engineering in our community?
  2. Why is it important/newsworthy? Is it exciting to you?
  3. Will this be visual enough to work with as a subject?
  4. Can you get the access you need when you need it?

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how to report using tenets of SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM
  • Understand how to record VIRTUAL and/or IN-PERSON INTERVIEWS (following all public health guidance)
  • Understand how to capture B-ROLL, solicit it from subjects, and/or get it from other sources
  • Understand how to TRANSCRIBE recorded footage
  • Critically think about interview content and identify NEWSWORTHY soundbites

Understand how to EDIT together a series of SOUNDBITES and B-ROLL sequences to form a cohesive narrative

Journalism

Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information.

Source: American Press institute

Trust

Belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.

Source: Merriam Webster

Media

Media refers to all electronic or digital means and print or artistic visuals used to transmit messages.

Source: NAMLE

News Media

All forms of media created with the purpose of informing the public and delivering news through specific mediums such as radio and broadcast stations, digital news organizations and others.

Issue

​​A subject or problem that people are thinking and talking about

Source: Cambridge Dictionary

Community

A group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood). It can also be a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.

Source: Merriam Webster

Human Interest

People are interested in other people. Everyone has something to celebrate and something to complain about. We like unusual stories of people who accomplish amazing feats or handle a life crisis because we can identify with them.

Story Angle

In news, it’s a story’s point or theme. It's the lens through which the producer or writer filters the information they have gathered and focuses it to make it meaningful to viewers or readers.

Source: ThoughCo.

Audience

The people who read, watch and consume news. Often, journalists think about audience and newsworthiness in similar ways. How will the news story serve their local or national audience? Who am I writing the story for and why?

Story

An account of past or current events. In journalism, stories are presented with a combination of people, facts, and typically includes a beginning, middle and end.

Script

A document with transcribed (written-out) soundbites and voiceover narration. A VIDEO script is a two-column document with the audio (soundbites and voice over) in the right-hand column and a description of what the audience sees (visuals) in the left-hand column.

Innovative Designer

Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions. (ISTE)

Earth and Human Activity

Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. (NGSS HS-ESS3-1)

Digital Citizenship

Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. (ISTE)

Knowledge Constructor

Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others. (ISTE)

Engineering Design

Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants. (NGSS HS-ETS1-1)

Creative Communicator

Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. (ISTE)

Global Collaborator

Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally. (ISTE)

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence. (NGSS HS-LS4-1)

Constructing Compelling Questions

Explain how a question reflects an enduring issue in the field and explain points of agreement and disagreement experts have about interpretations and applications of disciplinary concepts and ideas associated with a compelling question. (NCSS D1.1.9-12 - D1.2.9-12)

Gathering and Evaluating Sources

Whether students are constructing opinions, explanation, or arguments, they will gather information from a variety of sources and evaluate the relevance of that information. (NCSS D3.1.9-12 - D3.2.9-12)

Plan and deliver a media production (e.g., broadcast, video, web, mobile).

Topics

Climate Change

Science

Digital Literacy/Citizenship

Civics

STEM

Levels

Intermediate

Advanced

Materials
Estimated Time

2-4 weeks