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. “We wanted to help inspire young people to change the world through engineering and science, and realized that the 10,000 superstar students we have at MIT are uniquely positioned to do that,” says Ian A. Waitz, dean of the School of Engineering. Waitz conceived of the initiative—known as MIT+K12—to help address growing challenges in primary and secondary education in the United States, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Under MIT+K12, MIT students produce videos that are five to 10 minutes long on topics of their choosing; they can also develop video concepts requested by teachers, K-12 students, and other users. In the three dozen MIT+K12 videos posted so far, students have focused on topics ranging from flying robots to basic chemistry to Earth’s rotation.
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