Can you put a value on public television? These people can!
WGBH programs reach millions of viewers all across the world every single day. What is really inspiring, though, is when one program changes the course of an entire life. Here are six of those stories.
Seeing the future of your child, seeing the passion that's within them... something amazing happened!
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The curriculum was already there. The resources were free. I know I'm a better teacher!
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I can make a difference in my world. I can. And that's really what I'm trying to live by now.
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I remember the day that we had George's diagnosis: my husband said, "We love him. Now we get to love him better."
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I stepped right into a pool of blood. Sergeant Huey's blood. You're trained not to think about it. You're trained to simply do as you're told.
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Not a lot of 11-year-olds get to play at Carnegie Hall. That made me realize that if you really, really, want to do it... you can do it.
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There was a point when I looked out my window where my neighbor had been shot, and I didn't see myself making it to 21.
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I couldn't tell what was happening on the screen, so my parents would whisper to me. Eventually we stopped going to the movies.
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The Teacher

"The curriculum was already there. The resources were free. I know I'm a better teacher!"

Scott teaches high school kids engineering and technology—critical skills for our nation's future. WGBH classroom resources help him open young minds to new worlds of learning.

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My name is Scott Kutz, and I'm an engineering and technology teacher at Westlake High School.

The first time we heard about Design Squad was five years ago. We decided to go to an engineering conference in Pittsburgh, and I heard Design Squad was going to be there, and I had vaguely heard about it before, so I went into the workshop and then I thought, "Wow, this is a great curriculum."

We figured we could make a class out of this. The curriculum was already there, it was online, the resources were free, so we decided to approach our administration about it. We just knew it was going to be a hit.

The Design Squad website gives us the setup for the activity. And the students are actually solving a problem, and when they solve problems, they quickly understand there's more than one answer. We might have ten different solutions, and every one of those solutions work.

One of our students never used any kind of tools, not even a hammer, cordless drill, screwdriver. One of the projects she designed was her self-composting harvest bin, and it was based on one of the "Green Machine" episodes that was on Design Squad. She designed this whole thing herself, used all kinds of tools, and entered it into our state conference, ends up winning best of show in the bio-related technology category.

When you see a student that learns and grows and they actually are awarded something, as a teacher, that would be akin to probably winning the Super Bowl.

We are so fortunate to have WGBH-TV produce a show like Design Squad. I know I'm a better teacher now that we have Design Squad in our curriculum. It just opened their minds and opened them to a new world of, you know, what is learning all about? And for us as teachers, there's nothing better.