NASA Langley's "CONNECT" TV Series Wins Emmy
NASA Langley Research Center continues to produce award-winning
educational programs for students and teachers around the world
with their NASA CONNECT TV series. On June 30, 2001, NASA CONNECT
was recognized with a Regional Emmy for "Best Childrens
Program" from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, at a ceremony in Phoenix,
This is the third Emmy Award for the television series, produced
by NASA Langleys Office of Education. NASA CONNECT partnered
with Wyoming Public Television and the Mountain Plains Distance
Learning Consortium and featured Native American middle school
students from the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fort Washakie,
Wyoming in the winning episode.
Part of the focus for the 1999-2000 season of NASA CONNECT was
to feature Native American schools engaged in math, science and
technology activities. In the show, students created models of the
universe and learned how to measure and calculate the number of
galaxies in the universe. Other lessons were taken from the Hubble
Space Telescope, with help from NASAs Goddard Space Flight
Center and the Maryland Science Center.
"The Emmy Award is only proof of the quality work we are putting
out here from Langley" says Bill Bensen, producer for NASA CONNECT.
Along with Bensen, Jennifer Pulley, coordinating producer and
co-host, and Bob Starr, segment producer, are a large team of
television production and educational specialists who work with
local and national teachers, students, and parents to make up each
NASA CONNECT television program.
"Every member of the CONNECT team gives 110 percent for every
show," says Pulley, a former fourth grade teacher, "and receiving a
prestigious Emmy award confirms that we are doing our very best and
being recognized for it." Designed to enhance math, science and
technology concepts, NASA CONNECT is unique in that it makes math
fun. "How many shows produced today can say they enhance
mathematics concepts in middle school students and keep the
students motivated to watch at the same time!" says Pulley.
Since its inception in 1996, NASA CONNECT has reached over nine
million students worldwide and about 200,000 educators and parents
are registered users. For more about this Emmy award-winning series
and to see what's scheduled for the new season, visit http://edu.larc.nasa.gov/connect.
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