Innovation in My Backyard

Innovation in My Backyard

A series produced by the CCTV Youth Media Program exploring various industries and career opportunities in Cambridge

CCTV’s dynamic Youth Media Program offers Cambridge teens the opportunity to learn and actively practice media making and career skills while producing media about their community in paid positions as media artists. The Innovation in My Backyard initiative, launched in 2011 with support from Novartis, is an effort to further enhance career development goals by involving teens in the production of videos about different industries and career opportunities, particularly related to science, technology, engineering and math. Below is a collection of videos produced through this project. Click on each image to watch the video. To view other media produced by the Youth Media Program, click here.

Exploring Robotics

Robots in Everyday Life, 2015-2016 School Year Production Program

This documentary, produced during the 2015-2016 School Year Production Program, looks how robotics impacts into everyday life and why it is important to learn about them. Produced by Anne Pierre and Allison Desir.


Exploring Climate Change with Lesley University, Green Cambridge, and Mothers Out Front

The Planet We Live On, 2014-2015 School Year Production Program

This documentary, produced during the 2014-2015 School Year Production Program, features interviews with Lesley University professor Julie Shoemaker and climate change activist Sara Snow about the science of climate change and what impacts we can expect it to have in the near and distant future. Produced by Josue Cardoza and Neverson Nherrison.


Recycle, Reuse, Repair, 2014-2015 School Year Production Program

This documentary, featuring interviews from Chris Neil and Owen O'Riordan of the Cambridge Department of Public Works, explores the threats of climate change to the Cambridge community and the measures the city is taking to prepare. Produced by Giulia Bandeira, Yanka Petri and Mohammad Sayed.


Green Alewife, 2014-2015 School Year Production Program

This documentary features interviews with Lesley University professor David Morimoto and the president of Green Cambridge Quinton Zondervan about the fight to save the silver maple forest in the Alewife Reservation and the importance of green spaces to urban areas. Produced by Mon Tiwari and D'Mathew Ferreira.


Exploring Women in STEM with Amgen, Biogen Idec, Draper Laboratory, & Novartis

A New Frame of Mind, 2014 Summer Media Institute

This documentary, produced during the 2014 Summer Media Institute, explores women pursuing careers in science. Produced by Melat Kassa, Priya Joyce and Samantha Liu. Thank you to our collaborators: Amgen, Biogen Idec, Draper Laboratory, and Novartis.


Examining the Importance of STEAM Education with Biogen Idec & Nuvu

STEAM Powered Education, 2014 Summer Media Institute

This documentary, exploring early education efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, was produced during the 2014 Summer Media Institute. Produced by Giovanni Jajoute, Sam Hermon, Abdullah Gheraissa. Thank you to our collaborators: Biogen Idec and Nuvu.


Exploring Businesses & Technology at the Cambridge Innovation Center

Prompt Communications, 2012-2013 School Year Production Program

This documentary profiles Prompt Communications, an international public relations and marketing firm based at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Produced by Toni Allien, Nerlande Exilhomme, Ziaul Islam and Mohammad Sayed.

Ole, 2012-2013 School Year Production Program

This video explores the work of Ole, an organization headquartered in the Cambridge Innovation Center that brings education and technology to developing countries. Produced by Dapcha Andre, Nancy Eugene, Jean Guillaume, Mon Tiwari and Wilchina Zephyr.


Exploring Science & Technology at Novartis

Careers at Novartis, 2011-2012 School Year Production Program

This documentary, which explores the contributions of different professionals who contribute to the drug discovery process at Novartis, won an award at the 2013 Northeast Regional Hometown Video Festival. Produced by Fard Berry, Chay Homes, Wilgens Metelus, Jose Negron and Obeng Asamoah Serebour.

Novartis in the Community, 2011-2012 School Year Production Program

This documentary explores the relationship between Novartis and the communities it serves. It covers some of the history and unique structure of Novartis’ Cambridge headquarters, as well as Novartis’ work developing medications for patients. Produced by Toni Allien, Remi Jones, Xavier Marquez, Ranea Riley-Walker and Tedy Woldermariam.