Hear Me: Stories from the Park

April 5, 2011 by Melissa McMasters

Hear Me stories in Frick Park

More proof that Pittsburgh is one of the coolest places on the planet: the Hear Me project, from CMU's CREATE Lab. Hear Me is an effort to use technology and media to engage children and students in creative conversations about their lives. These stories--whether they are audio, visual, or written--are collected and archived on the Tell-Port website, where they can be shared with the world.

The Parks Conservancy has been lucky enough to partner with the Hear Me folks to gather stories about the parks. As part of our High School Urban EcoStewards program, students regularly write in journals during their projects in the parks. Now, because of the partnership with Hear Me, they can also record their feelings and observations about the outdoors to Tell-Port. CREATE Lab staff members and interns have begun accompanying High School EcoStewards to the park with audio equipment and capturing their stories on-site.

Saturday Light Brigade

The Hear Me folks were on hand for a cold but sunny February work day in Frick Park with EcoStewards from The Ellis School. The students took turns telling their stories and collecting them, learning how to use the audio equipment to capture clear sound. They also learned tips like gathering ambient noise from the interview setting to fill blank spaces and lend authenticity. The stories were then sent back to the studios of the Saturday Light Brigade radio program at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh for editing. And now you can hear them online!

Click here for stories from City High students collected at Schenley Park.

Click here for stories from Ellis School students collected at Frick Park.

We're so thrilled to be part of this project and to hear from these wonderful students about what parks mean to them.

High School Urban EcoStewards, Volunteering