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American Experience's Freedom Riders inspires local students and teachers

Students from Boston Public Schools were invited to a special screening of American Experience’s Freedom Riders at the WGBH studios. Here’s New Mission High School sophomore Samantha Goris as she describes her powerful reaction to the film.
The WGBH Teacher’s Domain invited student groups from local area high schools to screen and discuss the American Experience film Freedom Riders. After seeing the film, New Mission High School sophomore Ted White answers the question ‘Would you get on the bus?’
Following a screening of American Experience’s Freedom Riders at the WGBH studios, high school students from Boston Public Schools were given the opportunity to discuss the film with classmates, teachers, and two of the original Freedom Riders! Watch as New Mission High School teacher Natasha Huggins reflects on the positive impact the experience had on her students.

Design Squad inspires young engineer

Smith College senior and Design Squad Season Three alum Lindsey Nguyen was selected as the sole graduating senior to address students and alumnae at Smith's recent Ivy Day ceremony.

Lindsey cited her Design Squad experience as she spoke about the importance of teamwork and her role in encouraging future students to consider engineering. "I am grateful for the opportunity to define myself as an engineer, an athlete, a leader, and, most importantly, as a Smithie," she said. Watch Lindsey's speech.

Nova ScienceNow hosts Cafe Sci in Cambridge

Café Sci, hosted by WGBH science production Nova ScienceNow, explores a different scientific topic each month in our local neighborhoods. These fun, low-key, no-jargon gatherings bring guest speakers to cafés, pizza places, and coffee shops – free and open to all. Find out about the next Café Sci. Join the mailing list:

Peep's World opens at Children's Museum

Peep and the Big Wide World has been transformed into a new permanent exhibit called "Peep's World" at the Boston Children's Museum. Thanks to support from the National Science Foundation, "Peep's World" offers children and their parents hands-on components and text and graphics that make science fun and accessible for children ages 3-5.

WGBH hosts Newton Mothers' Forum

The Newton Mothers' Forum (NMF) hosted its annual Members & Friends Auction in WGBH's Yawkey Atrium, raising more than $9,000. The majority of the proceeds — derived from business-donated auction items — was donated in support of the award-winning children's programs at WGBH, this year's NMF charity partner. Brigid Sullivan, VP for Children's, Educational, & Interactive Programming, addressed the crowd of approximately 100 mothers.

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