The Final Countdown for STEM


Slowly but surely, our team is moving along in the judging process for the STEM Story Project! The next round of judges will be going through proposals this week. (We know that waiting isn’t fun, so thank you for your patience!)

We’ve spent the past couple of weeks parsing through proposals about practically everything–from nanoparticles to redwood trees, hacker space to outer space, the physics of rhythm to algorithms, evolution to technological revolution, drone music to prime number symphonies, neurons and brains to zombies and calculus. Without a doubt, we’ve received quite a spectrum of story proposals! Trust us when we say that we’re just as eager as you are to hear them.

For now, hang tight. Back to you soon!

Also, if you haven’t done so already, follow the #PRXSTEM hashtag on Twitter to see tweets about the proposals we’ve received!

Sound and the Scientific Method

“It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.” -Carl Sagan

By now, you may have heard the news that PRX, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is holding an open call for radio stories about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics. We’re seeking highly creative, original productions that question, reveal, explore, and inspire.

Earlier this month during a tweetchat, we asked producers what public radio could offer to STEM. We were thrilled with the enthusiastic responses:

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The inherent beauty of the scientific method lays in the fact that it’s sparked by curiosity, fueled by skepticism, and results in an approximation of the truth. If you think about it, both science and art strive to achieve just that – an understanding of a higher truth about the world. As a journalist, writer, or producer, what ardent questions do you have about the world around you? What ensnares your senses, drives you mad, or makes you wonder? And how do you capture that with sound?

This is PRX’s challenge to you–to be curious, skeptical, hungry for the truth–and we believe that you can rise to the occasion.

Radio producer Paolo Pietropaolo offers some creative inspiration on exactly this nexus between science and radio:

We hope that you consider participating in the STEM Story Project, PRX’s latest audio experiment. The deadline to submit a proposal (April 22, 2013 at 11:59pm ET) is approaching at light speed! We hope to see yours soon.


Find the application and more details here.

Still have questions? PRX held a STEM Story Project webinar recently to talk about the project.

If you’re a producer looking to make connections with other producers or join the conversation about the STEM Story Project, join the STEM Story Project Facebook group to keep in touch.


Let’s get together… PRX STEM Story Project Facebook Group

During last week’s STEM Story Project webinar, a few producers expressed interest in a place they could chat about collaboration, science topics, budgeting, etc. So here you go: PRX STEM Story Project open group on Facebook.

STEM Story Project announcement | Application and guidelines

STEM Story Project Webinar Video is Up

We had a lot of producers at our PRX STEM Story Project webinar today. Thanks to all who hung out with us on a Friday afternoon!

The webinar covered our latest a new competition for funding to create audio productions. Many questions were answered. (Application and guidelines can be found here.)

On the call are PRX Managing Director John Barth and PRX Content Coordinator Genevieve Sponsler. Listening in is PRX STEM Associate Lily Bui.

PRX STEM Story Project Webinar from Public Radio Exchange (PRX) on Vimeo.

PRX’s STEMchat, Storified

Don’t try this at home. | Image from Shutterstock

A big thank you to all of you who were able to join us for some STEM-ulating conversation last Friday for #PRXSTEMchat! 

In case you missed it, we put together a Storify highlighting our favorite moments.

PRX held the tweetchat to discuss our latest audio experiment, the STEM Story Project. We engaged interested producers, journalists, bloggers, educators, and enthusiasts in an hour-long conversation about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). 

PRX will also hold one STEM project webinar on Friday, April 5 at 2PM ET to answer questions — register here.

If you can’t make or wait for the webinar, email your questions to But read the application and guidelines first!



Join us for #PRXSTEMchat on Friday, March 29 at 2PM ET

In case you haven’t heard yet, PRX is holding an open call for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) stories. We’re calling it the STEM Story Project.

Join us on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2PM Eastern for #PRXSTEMchat on Twitter! We’ll be brainstorming topics for the STEM Story Project as well as answering any questions you may have about project details. This is a great opportunity for you to speak directly to us about the project and vice versa! Whether you’re a scientist, science enthusiast, producer, or listener, we invite you to sit in.

How to participate on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2PM ET:

  1. Log into Twitter
  2. Use Tweetchat to follow the #PRXSTEMchat hashtag
  3. Converse with us in real-time!

Lily Bui (@dangerbui) will be hosting the event.

Got a science topic close to your heart? Submit it ahead of time below in the comment section — and we may bring it up Friday!


PRX will also hold a separate STEM Story Project webinar on Friday, April 5 at 2PM ET to answer more questions — register here.


Announcing the PRX STEM Story Project

PRX is excited to announce a new competition for audio production funding. In partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, PRX presents the STEM Story Project, focused on STEM topics: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We have a pool of $40,000 to distribute among multiple projects.

PRX recently completed an open call for stories as part of the PRX Global Story Project. This time around, our goals with the STEM Story Project are to:

  • Unleash highly creative, STEM-based original stories and productions
  • Educate and excite listeners about STEM topics and issues
  • Tell stories and explain STEM issues in new ways

We want these productions to be heard and shared widely. So, proposals need to appeal both to stations and directly to listeners. You’ll find a lot more details about the PRX STEM Story Project here: application and guidelines.

So, get your ideas together, you critical thinkers, you! The DEADLINE for applications is April 22, 2013 at 11:59PM ET.

Thank you!

John Barth
Genevieve Sponsler
Lily Bui
The PRX STEM Story Project Team

P.S. If you applied to our Global Story Project, please read the guidelines for STEM carefully — we’ve changed some things.


Join us on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2PM ET for #PRXSTEMchat on Twitter! We’ll be discussing science topics and answering your questions about the STEM Story Project. Whether you’re a scientist, science enthusiast or producer, we invite you to weigh in!

Lily Bui (@dangerbui) will be hosting the tweetchat. Keep an eye out for more information on and @prx.


PRX will also hold one STEM project webinar on Friday, April 5 at 2PM ET to answer questions — register here.

If you can’t make or wait for the webinar, email your questions to But read the application and guidelines first!