PENN ALEXANDER & WHYY MEDIA LABS
WHYY’s Media Labs program is a media instruction partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. Over the course of three years, WHYY has engaged about 4,000 students in 28 schools throughout Philadelphia in hands-on media arts training through the program.
Participating students learn video and audio production, critical thinking, STEM education skills, problem solving, research, develop a strong sense of self-efficacy and are better prepared for a wide variety of workplaces. Students also learn valuable life skills like how to work in teams, how to plan projects, and how to solve difficult problems.
From 2019 to 2021, an instructor from WHYY worked in our after school program teaching students to tell stories about topics that concern them. The instructor also taught WHYY’s tried and true curriculum to Penn Alexander teachers, training educators to use media production as a tool in their classrooms. We now run our PAS NEWS club after school with PAS Staff who have been trained in video production.
Teachers trained to use media arts in the classroom through this program are better able to foster student engagement, provide richer, project-based learning and can incorporate the STEM approach across subject area.