Turning the Tide: A Podcast Game Show
Sugar Land, TX
2022, Junior, Interactive & Multimedia
Project Description: The primary medium of our project is our podcast game show. In the game show, the contestants answer questions about coral reefs, climate change, and the oceans. The podcast explains the relationship between climate change and coral reefs, informing the listeners on these subjects in an upbeat, entertaining question-and-answer format.
Although the main focus of our project is the podcast, we wanted to supplement the auditory experience for the listener with visuals. We included a diagram and a video to further elaborate on the devastating impacts of climate change for coral reefs, specifically. Our video demonstrates the process of coral reef bleaching, showing how temperature changes in the water affect coral reefs, using thermochromic powder, paint, containers, water, and clay. Our original illustration shows a cause-and-effect diagram of climate change on the ocean and our planet, and our original cover art highlights the subject matter of our podcast.
As sisters, we thought that a podcast would be the best combination of our strengths. We listened to both informative podcasts for kids and comedian-led podcasts such as NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” and found that we enjoyed listening to the entertainment game shows. We decided to combine the knowledge of the informative podcasts with the engaging style of the game show podcasts. At first, we were a bit worried about not being funny enough, but we decided to challenge ourselves by using comedy, something neither of us are familiar with as a tool for teaching. By focusing on coral reefs, an essential part of ocean biodiversity, we want to explain a clear pathway to reducing climate change. Our hope is that after listening to our podcast, people will start to think about the relationship between climate change and much of ocean wildlife, and how it affects us. To help reduce climate change and do our part, we either walk or bike to school every day. We will also give coral reefs as gifts from the Reef Life Foundation, and encourage others to adopt corals and donate to coral restoration foundations.