Science Weekend — A Planning Grant

March 15th, 2004 - February 28th, 2005 | PROJECT

Ira Flatow has been producing SCIENCE FRIDAY for over a decade. The series is now rated among the top ten news programs carried by NPR and is carried by over 200 stations. In spite of this success, the audience, though large, is limited to those people who can listen on Friday afternoon. In addition, the program is not carried on some stations because it does not fit their weekday program format. However, in conversations with many station managers, Flatow has learned that many stations that do not now carry the series do understand the value of science to their listeners and would include a science program in their schedules if one were made available to them for broadcast on weekends. The purpose of this planning proposal is to develop the parameters for a SCIENCE WEEKEND series. Since weekend programming many times is not like programming on weekdays, it will be necessary to find out more about the length and format that stations most prefer and to establish key partnerships to assure the broadest impact of a weekend program. Specific tasks to be conducted in the planning phase include: 1. Surveying public radio stations about their preferences for format, length, and broadcast day for SCIENCE WEEKEND 2. Identifying key programming elements to be included in a pilot program 3. Recording, editing and producing a pilot program 4. Getting assessments of the pilot from public radio station managers and programmers 5. Evaluating the pilot with members of the target audience 6. Securing a network partner to serve as a distributor for the program 7. Creating partnerships with teaching and other educational institutions to participate in the outreach efforts of the project 8. Developing an evaluation strategy to assess the impact of SCIENCE WEEKEND on the audience

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Team Members

Ira Flatow, Principal Investigator, ScienceFriday, Inc.


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0355460
Funding Amount: 49900


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology