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For Immediate Release
October 22nd, 2013

Twin Cities Public Television's SciGirls Receives National Award For Community Engagement

Saint Paul, Minn. October 22, 2013—Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) was awarded the Best Community Engagement Award from the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) for the television series SciGirls on October 21, 2013 at the NETA annual conference.


SciGirls is an Emmy award-winning PBS television series and educational outreach initiative that draws on cutting-edge research about what engages girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and careers. The SciGirls’ nationally broadcast PBS television show, destination website, and educational outreach program have reached over 14 million girls, educators, and families, making it the most widely accessed girls’ STEM program available nationally.


Funded by the National Science Foundation, SciGirls’ national educational initiatives reach thousands of girls, ages 8-13, through afterschool programs, summer camps and hands-on events that introduce fun, collaborative STEM activities and female professional STEM role models. The outreach program, SciGirls CONNECT (scigirlsconnect.org), has trained over 700 educators in the use of gender equitable teaching strategies designed to promote girls’ engagement in STEM.


SciGirls CONNECT empowers informal and formal educators nationwide to adopt the research-based strategies that best engage girls in STEM,” said Director of STEM Outreach and Education, Rita Karl. “Our network of 100 partner organizations includes schools, universities, community-based organizations, afterschool programs, and science centers hosting SciGirls clubs, afterschool programs and summer camps in 30 states.”


The need for STEM professionals in the U.S. is soaring. However, a 2011 U.S. Department of Commerce report noted that although women make up close to half of the U.S. workforce, they still hold less than 25% of STEM jobs. SciGirls addresses this problem directly by offering parents and educators resources to enhance existing educational initiatives with an eye toward future STEM employment.


The National Educational Telecommunications Association is a professional association that serves public television licensees and educational entities in the United States. The SciGirls 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 Rita Karl, Director of STEM Education and Outreach who leads the SciGirls initiative.



About tpt

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.



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

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




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