PINcast Epsiode 11: Underwater robotics on a shoestring budget

Anna Weggel
Public Insight Network

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.

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Anna Weggel Analyst
Public Insight Network

Anna Weggel is a Public Insight Analyst, which means she spends her time crafting questions about upcoming story topics to send to sources in the Public Insight Network and then produces web, audio and video content featuring those sources.

Before finding her home at APM in 2008, Anna received her B.A. in journalism, was the editor in chief of The Minnesota Daily, and internship hopped through Mother Jones, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Pioneer Press, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, and the Downtown Journal. Anna's non-work life is held hostage by the stage -- where she performs improv comedy and shows with her lady bluegrass band.