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Students Take the Mic: Sharing Hobbies & Passions Through Podcasts

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From bird watching to 3D printing to boxing, students make podcasts to share hobbies and passions with their peers, families and the public.

Have fun in the last few weeks of the school year and hear what students are most passionate about! End-of-year media projects are a great way for students to showcase skills they have developed all school year, from researching, writing and editing to public speaking. The audio essays below demonstrate the power of inviting students to share their enthusiasm, passions and strengths.

Why Hobbies Matter

  • How Hobbies Affect Your Mental Health Destini explains how having a hobby positively impacts stress, relationships, and feelings of belonging.
  • Expressing Creativity Milan shares how participating in technical theater helped him realize that you can express creativity in countless ways, even if you think you’re “bad at art.”
  • Boxing Changed My Life Michael details his transformative journey building character and practicing resilience through boxing.

Quarantine Hobbies Became Passions

What Makes Me ‘Me’

Spotlight your students’ voices in the classroom with KQED’s Perspectives or Podcasting Youth Media Challenges. They include free, modifiable curriculum that gives students structure and support as they take their writing from page to production. When students are ready to publish, KQED’s Youth Media Showcase accepts submissions from students in grades 6-12 throughout the school year. This isn’t a contest—all youth voices are welcome and published, and some may be featured on KQED’s homepage, digital channels, and in posts like this one!


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