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Twin Cities Public Television
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For Immediate Release
October 2nd, 2013

SciGirls Educational Outreach Program for Gender Equity Welcomes Forty New Partner Organizations

Award-Winning Television Show's Educational Network Expands

Saint Paul, Minn. October 2, 2013—Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) has selected forty new SciGirls CONNECT educational Partner Organizations from seventeen states to receive mini-grants and educator training in gender equitable strategies for engaging girls, ages 9-13, in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). SciGirls CONNECT is a broad national outreach effort, funded by the National Science Foundation, which engages thousands of girls through afterschool programs, summer camps and outreach events that feature fun, collaborative hands-on STEM activities. This outreach is particularly important in light of the lack of women in the STEM workforce; in 2011, the U.S. Department of Commerce noted that although women make up close to half of the U.S. workforce, they still hold less than 25% of STEM jobs. 

 

Forty educational organizations including community-based youth programs, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls clubs, and 4-H groups will join science centers, universities, schools and public television stations as new SciGirls Partners. Each Partner will host SciGirls training and programs for students. These forty institutions join a cadre of over fifty existing SciGirls Partners and hundreds of affiliated educators. SciGirls CONNECT provides leader training and educational resources to Partner Organizations, and each partner training session involves educators from a score of regional educational institutions. Through our partner, the National Girls Collaborative Project, educational organizations have hosted SciGirls programs with dozens of female role models from a variety of STEM fields. To see the full list of Partners, visit http://scigirlsconnect.org/.

 

SciGirls is an Emmy award-winning PBS television series and outreach initiative that draws on cutting-edge research about what connects girls to STEM learning and careers. The SciGirls nationally broadcast PBS television show, destination website (http://pbskids.org/scigirls/) and educational programming have reached over 14 million girls, educators, and families, making it the most widely accessed girls’ STEM program available nationally. SciGirls CONNECT represents a supportive community of dedicated educators who provide the spark, the excitement and the promise of a new generation of women in STEM careers. 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.

 

About tpt

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 mission of tpt is to “enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media.”

 

tpt National Productions, a division of tpt, is a primary provider of programming for America's Public Television system. In addition to crafting award-winning series, documentaries and specials, tpt National Productions amplifies its reach and impact through innovative websites, educational outreach programs and community engagement initiatives. STEM programming has included long-running family and children’s science series Newton’s Apple and DragonflyTV, and primetime 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.  

Other notable tpt projects 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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CONTACT:

Press:  Kristin Pederson (651) 229-1288  kpederson@tpt.org

Outreach:  Niki Becker    (651) 229-1310  nbecker@tpt.org

 


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