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eSN Tools for Schools: MIT launches student-produced educational video initiative

May 02, 2012

Our "Site of the Week" highlights a new initiative from MIT that encourages its students to produce short videos teaching basic concepts in science and engineering to K-12 students. The project's goal is to help get K-12 students interested in STEM subjects, and in the three dozen or so videos posted so far, students have focused on topics ranging from flying robots to the Earth's rotation.
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MIT launches student-produced educational video initiative
MIT has launched an initiative encouraging its students to produce short videos teaching basic concepts in science and engineering to K-12 students, the university reports. The videos will be accessible through a dedicated MIT website and YouTube channel. A subset of the videos will also be available on Khan Academy, a popular not-for-profit educational site founded by an MIT alumnus.
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