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Roadtrip Nation and KQED work together to help students to define their own road in life
November 2, 2010
Roadtrip Nation (Costa Mesa, CA) – October 2010 – Roadtrip Nation and KQED are proud to announce a unique collaboration with McClymonds High School students through The Roadtrip Nation Experience, an educational curriculum that guides students through an explorative process to discover pathways that are relevant to their individual aspirations.
As part of this mission, KQED and Roadtrip Nation have developed a local online portal where students, teachers, parents, and community members alike can engage in discussions about the current season of the public television series Roadtrip Nation, and watch episodes and interviews from Roadtrip Nation with an Oakland twist. This portal includes a free, downloadable series-focused educational resource based on episodes of Roadtrip Nation airing this fall. Themes discussed in the educational resource (such as fear, risk, and success) are also furthered through Roadtrip Nation’s online community called Conversations where students can share their thoughts on these themes. Conversations and the educational resource can be found on KQED’s online portal at www.roadtripnation.org/KQED.
Additionally, Roadtrip Nation and KQED will help guide McClymonds High School students through The Roadtrip Nation Experience, which culminates in a Roadtrip for participating students who want to set out on a focused Roadtrip of their very own. Under the guidance of their teachers and with the assistance of Roadtrip Nation and KQED, students will plan a local Roadtrip, interview inspirational Leaders, and record the process by uploading media content to an online community. These sponsored Roadtrips will conclude in a special screening with Roadtrip Nation and KQED of McClymonds High School student work in Spring 2011.
KQED will also showcase students going through The Roadtrip Nation Experience on public radio this year on two different shows, “Perspectives” and “Forum.” “Perspectives” will feature South San Francisco High School students who went through the curriculum last year and want to share their experiences. “Forum” will feature new students who will talk about what they hope to get out of their Roadtrip Nation Experience.
Roadtrip Nation currently airs Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. on KQED with additional weekly air times. Check out www.roadtripnation.org/KQED for additional air times and to join the conversation online.
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About Roadtrip Nation
In the summer of 2001, recent college grads Mike Marriner, Brian McAllister, and Nathan Gebhard decided to take a roadtrip to discover their place in the world. The idea behind the roadtrip was simple: if you don’t know what to do with your life, go out and talk to people who are doing what they love, then ask them how they got there. The trio hit the road in a mechanically unsound Green RV, and three months and 17,000 miles later had interviewed 85 eclectic individuals including the chairman of Starbucks, the scientist who decoded the human genome, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a lobsterman from Maine, the director of Saturday Night Live, and a stylist for Madonna.
Since then, Roadtrip Nation has evolved into a movement to help individuals define their own lives: a public television series, three books, a Fall and Spring campus tour, an online community, and a student network on over 350 college campuses. Roadtrip Nation’s “Behind the Wheel” and “Independent Roadtrip Grants” programs enable students to hit the road to interview their own list of Leaders across the country.
In 2009, the movement expanded into education with the creation of RoadtripNation.org and the development of The Roadtrip Nation Experience, a hands-on, engaging curriculum that allows secondary and post-secondary students to explore their future roads and learn how to define their own roads in life. The goals of the curriculum are to inspire and excite students about what they are studying in school; connect students’ educational experiences to their real-world experiences; and to expose students to pathways that are relevant to their individual aspirations.
Through 24 multimedia lessons, students are guided through an explorative process that culminates in the opportunity to plan a Roadtrip of their own to interview people leading lives that relate to their individual interests.