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.
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Understand how to EDIT together a series of SOUNDBITES and B-ROLL sequences to form a cohesive narrative
Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information.
Belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.
Media refers to all electronic or digital means and print or artistic visuals used to transmit messages.
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.
A subject or problem that people are thinking and talking about
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions. (ISTE)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence. (NGSS HS-LS4-1)
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)
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)
Create a newsworthy story about how engineers and engineering are shaping and reshaping the world around us. Look in your school, your home, your community, or your state for interesting stories that resonate with you. Find a story that makes you curious and that you’d like to watch.
A lot of discovery and engineering technology happens inside a computer and all you can see are screens and hands on keyboards. This is fine if the end result affects people, places and things and you can film the results of the work beyond screens and keyboards. Ideally your engineers are building an end product you can film with your cameras.
Think of youth voices. Are there young engineers in your community who are making a difference through robotics, optics, or another form of engineering? Does your subject touch the lives of young people, can we hear from them? (Remember to get a release if under 18)
Video Profile of an individual that is a standout in their field, creating something that is making a significant impact on people or our world, like safer football helmets, flood indicators or smart clothing.
Video Profile Example:
Video Feature of a new industry or application that will touch all our lives: Autonomous cars, genetically modified crops, animals, and possibly humans. Who are the players, what is driving this push, what are the risks, what are the benefits, what are the obstacles, how do engineers anticipate and overcome those obstacles?
Video Feature Example:
Paralyzed man moves his hand controlled by his own brain for the first time
Video News Package about a breakthrough or new application. Scientists are bio-engineering a “living drug” to fight cancer- creating specialized proteins on certain white blood cells as the key to fit the lock of specific cancer cells.
Video News Package Example:
How 3-D printed arms are changing kids' lives around the world
General Assignment News Package stories with a human interest or business perspective. Are dams and highways ready for a big earthquake? How does age affect a bridge? How do we test our infrastructure? How does a green building work?
General Assignment Package Example:
EXAMPLE OF DESIRED COMPOSITION FOR RAPID RESPONSES:
Looking at the camera, centered, from the chest up, eyes on upper third, normal headroom.
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This challenge does not have an active deadline to submit to PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. However, students are encouraged to publish their stories on their school/club/program website or through video/social platforms such as YouTube, Instagram or Twitter and tag Student Reporting Labs. Check with your teacher to find out instructions for class submissions.