The Magical Unicodes, a LEGO Robotics team at Martinsville Middle School, recently launched a new podcast, called Knowing Your Neighbors. The podcast is designed to help the community feel more connected. As the students say in their introduction to each episode:
People are separated and disconnected now more than ever before. We don’t even know our neighbors anymore, and we distrust people who don’t look like us or think like us. This podcast shares stories that connect people in our community through storytelling so we can understand each other and won’t have to fear our neighbors.
Students not only interview teachers at their school, but have spoken to a newspaper reporter, a police officer, and even the city’s mayor.
Episodes released so far include one on interesting hobbies, another about people who have lived through important historical events, and one on people in public service.
Students conduct the interviews, edit each episode, and even designed the logo and created the music for the podcast.
Most recently. students interviewed School Resource Officer Alfredo Huerta for an episode about public service. The episode also features Martinsville Mayor LC Jones.