Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Adventures in Media Teen Camp Begins!

Today we kicked off the 2-week Adventures in Media Teen Program sponsored by Trailnet, KDHX, and The Urban Studio. Over the course of the next 2 weeks, these teens are going to be learning all about media, how it is produced, and how it affects their lives. In particular, the program focuses on how media affects the foods that we eat. By the end of the camp, the teens will produce videos that we will post to this blog and to YouTube, they will create print media, and they will have had an opportunity to visit the KDHX radio and TV stations.

Since this is a media camp, we are going to be asking our teen participants to create a blog entry each day. They will be responsible for all parts of the process: taking the pictures throughout the day, selecting which pictures to post, and writing the text. For the next 2 weeks, this blog will be almost exclusively dedicated to the teens in this program. Check back daily for new entries and new pictures. Additionally, we are making it a goal to increase the readership of this blog over the course of the next 2 weeks. Afterall, what is media without an audience?! Our blog currently has just over 4200 page visits. Our goal will be to reach 5200 page visits by the end of the camp--an additional 1000 visits in 2 weeks. We need your help: pass this link along to friends, family, and co-workers. Each time someone visits this site, the hit counter will add a number.

OK, back to the first day: the teens spent the morning doing a variety of activities to get to know each other, creating a class agreement for what they expect from each other and from their teachers, and learning about the very basics of media. After lunch, they headed to the New Roots Urban Farm to see food growing straight up out of the ground. They had an opportunity to harvest some produce and start their own bed of sprouts. (See the pictures below)

And from here, we're going to turn it over to the teens.

(The following photos were taken by Tyler)
Preparing healthy lunches:

Planting sprout at New Roots Urban Farm:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

a freind of mine sent this link to me. I am very excited about teaching people about the influence of media in their lives. This is an exciting approach to this type of education.

got to go soI can see what else you guys have beenup to

M Chord
Missoula, Montana