NPR invites students around the country to create a podcast and then—with the help of a teacher—compete for a chance to win NPR’s grand prize and have their work featured on national public radio. This contest is for teachers with students between grades 5 and 12. Each podcast should be 3 to 12 minutes in length. New in 2020, entries may include original music—that is, music that students compose and record on their own. NPR’s panel of judges will be looking for work that stands out in two grade ranges—middle school (grades 5–8) and high school (grades 9–12). The winning podcast submissions will be featured in segments on NPR’s Morning Edition or All Things Considered. The NPR website provides a submission guidewith suggested prompts—for example, “Explain something that young people understand and grownups don’t.” The site also includes guidelines for submissions and responses to questions that teachers or students may have. Additionally NPR has put together resources to help both teachers and students along the way.
Deadline: March 24, 2020, for submission of podcast
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