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PINcast Epsiode 11: Underwater robotics on a shoestring budget

Filed by KOSU News in Public Insight Network.
March 1, 2013

In this PINcast episode, we talk with Sarah Alvarez, a public insight journalist at Michigan Radio. She just put together a five-part series about the education system in Stockbrige, Mich., a small town about an hour away from Ann Arbor.

Sarah says Stockbridge is a town that, like many others in the state, has few economic opportunities to offer its residents. The school system there has managed to operate on a shoestring budget, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to provide even the basics because of the way Michigan has changed its education funding.

Alvarez first learned about the Stockbridge schools’ situation from a PIN source who sent in a tip about a student project involving underwater robots that students were testing in a huge cow trough.

If you have feedback — or ideas for stories or projects we should include in future PINcast episodes — email me at

And don’t forget to check out Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity project.


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