Click Youth Media and Student Reporting Labs

For the last three years, I have been working with PBS Wisconsin Education in developing Click, a professional community of educators and students across the state who are working to improve digital storytelling and digital media production. As part of the development team, I visited each education site, facilitated workshops with staff from PBS Wisconsin Education, and partnered with PBS in planning the Click Youth Media Festival. As part of this work, I also served as a Media Mentor for PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs. 

In the summer of 2018, I teamed with the staff from PBS Wisconsin Education to bring 70 youth from around the state for the first ever Click Youth Media Festival. I wrote and was awarded a Wisconsin Humanities Council grant so that we could invite all youth and educators to attend free of charge. With this help, we were able to bring 70 youth, ages 10-18, to work alongside members from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, PBS Wisconsin Education and WPR, and UW School of Education. Youth worked in teams and had one day to conduct interviews, capture B-roll footage, edit content, and create two minute segments. The day concluded with a celebratory film festival where youth and educators had the chance to watch their work, offer peer feedback, and receive input from experts.

In the summer of 2019, I teamed with PBS Wisconsin Education and Student Reporting Labs in bringing 24 Wisconsin Educators together for a three day intensive video production workshop for the Click Teacher Summer Camp.

EMMET: Exploring Making through Mobile Emerging Technology

For the last two years, I have worked as a research assistant on the NSF funded research study, EMMET: Exploring Making Through Mobile Emerging Technologies. A partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Northcentral Technical College (NTC), this program trains high school students to become maker mentors and provides them the opportunity to travel to local communities and provide youth with technical equipment through the use of a mobile maker trailer. As a research assistant, I have assisted in trainings, conducted ethnographic data collection, conducted interviews, and worked part of the larger research and planning team. 

Making Spaces

The Bubbler at Madison Public Library, in connection with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Google developed Making Spaces, a project to provide schools help to jumpstart and sustain maker practices. For two years as a media mentor, I composed and produced kickstarter videos for three local schools.