GEMS Students Experience the Sights & Sounds of VPR/VPT

Target 3 Flexible Learning Environments.  FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step – Provide students w/ access to content, resources, and methods for learning beyond the school day and beyond the school walls.

Indicator of Success – Students are engaged in answering authentic questions and solving problems in collaborative settings.


Georgia Elementary 4th Grade students recently visited the studios of Vermont Public Radio (VPR) and Vermont Public Television (VPT). They had the wonderful opportunity to create their own broadcast – click below to tune in for yourself!


In the classroom they are investigating the properties of light and sound waves. During their field trip they observed how waves are used in technology to transmit information over long distances.


The children experienced how light is used in both studio and field TV production. Their tour of VPR allowed them to learn firsthand how radio waves are broadcast, how sound affects final production, how sound echoes and can be dampened, and the importance of pitch and volume.


As a culminating activity each student built a model of sound waves to demonstrate amplitude and wave length.

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These kind of learning opportunities beyond the classroom are aligned with the instructional standards described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


These fourth graders had a delightful experience and learned that there is much more to broadcasting than meets the eye – or the ear!

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