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Earth Day Radio Project

posted Mar 11, 2013, 1:25 PM by Michael Dreyfus-Pai   [ updated Apr 8, 2013, 1:47 PM ]
We live in an incredibly exciting time.  Every day, scientific advancements are being made that push the frontiers of what humans can do.  As we've learned in the past 50 years, those new technologies can have dire consequences.  While they've given us new ways to make energy, move around, interact, and live, they've also put us in conflict with the natural balance of our world.

For this project, you will evaluate a scientific innovation that has or will have an impact on the health of our planet.  You will look at how science and politics have interacted around a technology to impact climate, health, or the economy.  You will then create a podcast in the style of a radio news piece to describe what you have learned.

Choosing a topic

Create a Google Doc and name it: Your number - Your Topic
  • Identify an innovation that has had an impact on the environment.  It can be either a negative or positive impact.
  • Describe how that innovation has had or could have an impact on the environment in the future.  Innovations that "could have an impact" include old innovations that are not widely used.
  • Describe the reasons some people are in favor of the innovation and the reasons others are against it

Note-taking with Audio

It can be pretty hard to find something in an audio piece you've heard before.  Make sure you take good notes while you're listening!
You can use this template to help get organized:
  1. First, make a folder to keep all the audio for your project.  Anything you download should go in the folder.
  2. As you listen to audio clips, fill in the template for each clip you may want to use in your project.

Writing your Script

  • Script must have a minimum of three paragraphs, and include all the information from your project proposal.
    • Introduce your innovation.  What is it, what does it do?
    • Describe its environmental impact.
    • Describe the pros and cons.
  • Script should take 2-4 minutes to read (this will be the length of your radio story).
  • Script must using formal language and grammar
  • Script must include quotes from your audio sources.
    • Anything you are going to use must be transcribed into their script and introduced.  For example:
Professor Georgio, of Jimmy Jango University, thinks that Flubber could be the key to stopping climate change. "Flubber is cheap, abundant, and better than anything we've yet discovered at capturing carbon from the atmosphere."

 or

"Flubber is cheap, abundant, and better than anything we've yet discovered at capturing carbon from the atmosphere." says  Professor Georgio, of Jimmy Jango University.  He thinks that Flubber could be the key to stopping climate change. 

Recording Audio that can't be downloaded

In class I explained using Soundflower to record audio.  Here's a video that walks you through the process*:


*Note: In the video, the presenter mentions that there is a Windows version.  This is not correct.  If you want to try this process on Windows, consult with Mr. Dreyfus-Pai.

Soundflower Download (for use at home)

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