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Twin Cities Public Television Recieves $2.7 Million Grant from the National Science Foundation for SciGirls
Saint Paul, Minn. September 12, 2013—Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) has been selected to receive a $2.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a new season of SciGirls. The nationally broadcast PBS series SciGirls has engaged millions of girls, ages 9-13 in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and is what Parenting magazine calls “cool stuff” and the New York Times says makes science “downright enjoyable.”
SciGirls’ third season focuses on the newest frontier in science education – engaging kids to do real scientific research, or citizen science. Citizen science projects worldwide engage tens of thousands of ordinary people in innovative research, aiding scientists to make observations, gather data and investigate our world. Working with leading experts in citizen science at Cornell University, season three of SciGirls will follow groups of real middle school girls on exciting adventures working with female scientists conducting citizen science projects nationwide. This ground-breaking project builds on NSF’s multi-year investment in SciGirls and various citizen science initiatives, and addresses the critical need to encourage more women to pursue STEM careers.
SciGirls soars beyond broadcast on its Emmy Award-winning website at pbskids.org/scigirls, a safe social networking site where girls across the country can share their own STEM investigations and discoveries, watch episodes and play games. New to Season 3 will be a SciGirls mobile app designed in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to allow children to gather observations and data. “Television, mobile apps and social media are much more than just diversions to kids. They are educational tools that can be used in classrooms, at home and out in the world,” said SciGirls executive producer Richard Hudson. “SciGirls’ third season will blend the onscreen adventures of our remarkable SciGirls with meaningful citizen science investigations that help us better understand our world. These real-world adventures are designed to ignite girls’ curiosity in STEM.”
The SciGirls creative team is headed by Twin Cities Public Television’s Director of Science Content Richard Hudson, Executive Producer of the long-running PBS children’s science series Newton's Apple and creator of DragonflyTV and the SciGirls initiative. Principal partners include Karen Peterson, Chief Executive Officer for the EdLab Group and Principal Investigator of the National Girls Collaborative Project and Rick Bonney, Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
SciGirls (http://pbskids.org/scigirls) is an Emmy award-winning television series and transmedia project that draws on cutting-edge research about what engages girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and careers. The PBS television show, destination website, and education and outreach have reached over 14 million girls, educators, and families, making it the most widely accessed girls’ STEM program available nationally.
The mission of tpt is to “enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media.” As one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, tpt uses television, interactive media, and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its 50 plus year history, tpt has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys.
Based in St. Paul, MN, tpt is one of the highest rated PBS affiliates in the nation, reaching over 1.3 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels. The organization's particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America's aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with our mission to enrich lives and strengthen community. For more information about tpt, visit our website at www.tpt.org or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
About tpt National Productions
TPT National Productions has a 25-year track record of developing national STEM productions, outreach campaigns and websites to extend the impact of broadcast programming. Prime-time documentaries have included Exploring Time for Discovery and the PBS NOVA specials Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold and Hunting the Edge of Space. In addition to its Science Productions Unit, tpt National Productions is one of the major producers for the national PBS schedule in the areas of History, Arts and Health. Notable productions include the recent four-part series Constitution USA with Peter Sagal; the Sundance Film Festival-nominated Slavery by Another Name, the Emmy Award-winning The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s; and the Peabody Award-winning Liberty! The American Revolution. TPT National Productions has won over 300 awards, including 25 national and regional Emmys, the duPont-Columbia Commendation, three George Foster Peabody Awards and an Academy Award nomination for Hoop Dreams, voted “Best Documentary of the 1990s” by film critic Roger Ebert.
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