Podcasting Power and Students

How high school geeks are turning to podcasts.
Heather Green

How can high school science and tech geeks meet other high school science and tech geeks? The Level Playing Field Institute thinks one answer may be through podcasting. At the Smash Academy, a program run by the non-profit LPFI to encourage kids of color to study science and tech in college, the high schoolers are starting to do their own podcasts, about everthing from buckypaper to the new generation of MP3 players.

The idea, says Mini Kahlon of the LPFI, is to get them to learn how to talk about science and technology in the manner that's consistent with science and think about how they can test the ideas they are throwing out. But more than that, the podcasts could help them connect with other students and get encouragement from other people who share their interests.