Our Wisconsin charter school uses scientific research and project-based learning as the focus of our curriculum. Project learning is based on a constructivist model of learning that engages you in real-world scholarly activity because you get to chose topics that interest you.
Posted on November 25, 2013 by Aly F.
Throughout the beginning of this year I have been interested in learning more about radio stations, how they are created, and how they work. When we started forming smaller groups to do projects I grouped together with five guys who had the same questions, and we started a Radio Project. Since three of us in the group are already involved with our school's podcast, WSSR (Wildlands School Student Radio), it wasn't difficult to identify things that we could do throughout the project.
Once we had an idea of where we wanted the project to go, we split up the work so we could cover more ground. One of the students is researching the science of radio, another student is researching the history of radio, and both of them will present their findings to us at the end of the project. One of us is making an intro and some cover art for the show. Two of the other students and I are all announcers for WSSR, so most of our project has been recording and editing.
I also called WWIB, a radio station in the area, and asked if we could get a tour. Not only did we get to look around the station and hear professional answers to all of our questions, but they also surprised us by interviewing us about our project on the air. To finish up our project we'll be asking various students what they would like to hear on our show. We'll also be coming up with a list of ways to improve our show, and make it sound more professional. If you'd like to hear the product of our hard work, feel free to go to the Wildlands Facebook page. We post a new show every two weeks, so stay tuned.
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