GMS students’ podcast wins honors in NPR contest

A group of Gloversville Middle School students in Robert Garren’s Social Studies classes have received an Honorable Mention for their submission in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge.

This is the first year National Public Radio held the contest, and it received almost 6,000 entries from all over the country from students between fifth and 12 grades. The GMS students’ podcast, which was centered on teaching a teacher (Mr. Garren) to play Fortnite, was recognized as “a standout” among the submissions. The students will receive a certificate from NPR to recognize them for their work.

“Students started this adventure unfamiliar with how to develop and produce a podcast, but through a lot of research and hard work, they created an awesome final product.” Garren said.

He pointed to the podcast as an excellent example of allowing students to engage in the construction of their own learning as they navigate the challenges and successes of bringing a project to fruition. Garren says students involved in the project are hooked and are in the process of producing more podcasts for the school.

“We love to talk. We have a lot to say, and podcasting lets us share our thoughts with the world,” podcast group member Matthew Seydi said.

NPR plans to feature portions of the standout entries online and on the radio in the coming months.

Listen to the GMS students’ podcast here.

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