Saint Paul, Minn. November 4, 2016 – Twin Cities PBS’s STEM Media & Education Unit was honored with a Regional Emmy® Award for SciGirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs on Saturday, October 29th.
This thirty-minute documentary profiles women from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds sharing both the challenges and triumphs of “a day in the life” in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. The film portrays women working in STEM careers ranging from the more “traditional” (like engineering and chemistry) to the unexpected (like firefighting, construction and bicycle design). The featured stories, which highlight the women’s career paths, challenges and triumphs, were selected to help broaden girls’ view of STEM professions, and expand their vision of what’s possible in their own lives.
“The women in this documentary are innovators,” said series producer Marie Domingo. “Their stories are engaging and relatable, and they’ll motivate today’s high school girls to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce.”
Producer Angie Prindle adds, “For twelve years, SciGirls has inspired girls by showcasing STEM role models and mentors. We are grateful for National Science Foundation’s support in creating new and exciting ways to reach youth audiences with media.”
SciGirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs, premiered on TPT2 on May 27th, on TPT MN on May 29th, and is available online at tpt.org/scigirls-profiles. This documentary was produced as part of “SciGirls Strategies: Gender Equitable Teaching Practices in Career and Technical Education Pathways for High School Girls,” a National Science Foundation-funded project designed to help high school educators recruit and retain more girls from diverse backgrounds in STEM and career and technical education (CTE) classes and career pathways.
SciGirls includes a nationally broadcast PBS Kids TV series, website, professional development workshops and educational outreach programming. The project was created to address girls’ declining interest in STEM starting as young as fourth grade, and continuing through college and career. Since its inception, SciGirls has reached millions of children, trained over 2,500 educators nationwide, and tens of thousands of youth have participated in an outreach program at SciGirls CONNECT’s 155 educational partner organizations nationwide. SciGirls was recently honored with two 2016 Parents’ Choice Gold Awards for the PBS Kids television series and PBS Kids website, and received the National Science Foundation’s Showcase Presenters’ Choice Award.
SciGirls is made possible by major grants from the National Science Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Cargill, Northrop Grumman Foundation, PPG Industries Foundation, NXP Semiconductors, Donaldson Foundation, and The Schulze Family Foundation. For more information visit: aboutscigirls.org.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports education and research across all fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In addition to providing major support for SciGirls, the NSF supports other science and math programs on PBS and pbskids.org, including DragonflyTV, Peg + Cat, Design Squad Nation and Plum Landing. Visit here for more information on NSF activities.
About Twin Cities PBS (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, Twin Cities PBS (TPT) uses television, interactive media and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its nearly 60-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 the most highly-viewed public TV station in the nation, reaching over 1.7 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.
Rita Karl, Managing Director, TPT STEM Media & Education Unit
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