[image-62][image-83]The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Lower Great Lakes Chapter awarded an Emmy Award to "NASA Now," a weekly five- to seven-minute online video series produced for the NASA Explorer Schools project.
An Emmy Award is a television production award. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presents Regional Emmy Awards recognizing excellence in local and state-to-state television.
"NASA Now" was honored with an Emmy in the Informational/Instructional Program/Series or Special category. The series was judged on two episodes, "Icing Research" and "Exercise in Space."
"NASA Now" is a program designed to give students, grades 4-12, who are involved in the NASA Explorer Schools project a front-row seat to view NASA projects, facilities and some of its most dynamic people. Each week, students see real people putting science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, to work in the unique context of NASA careers, missions, research and facilities.
The video series is produced by a NASA Glenn-based core team of accomplished video producers supported by eight educational specialists across the agency. The team works with leading scientists and engineers from NASA Headquarters and the ten field centers to identify NASA topics that bring to life the math and science that students learn in the classroom every day.
The core team includes Coordinating Multimedia Producer, Frank Wilson; Associate Multimedia Producer, Terry Peterson; Production Assistant, Lisa Moyer; and Lead Education Specialist, Alicia Baturoni. All are Oklahoma State University contract staff supporting Glenn's Educational Program Office. Ron Petransky is a WYLE video production specialist and member of Glenn's Imaging Technology Center.
"The videos are carefully designed for curriculum and production quality. Our goal is to provide lively and timely material that will educate and ignite student interest in NASA missions and research," Wilson explained. "We are honored to collaborate with NASA's brilliant researchers, and we work with them to simplify the technical subject matter to be accessible by a middle school audience."
The videos are accessible by teachers on the NES Virtual Campus website at › http://www.explorerschools.nasa.gov to reinforce key classroom topics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while stimulating student interest in STEM careers. However anyone can log onto their YouTube channel to view NASA Now Minutes and enjoy program excerpts.
NASA uses the excitement of its missions and programs to inspire students and serve as a catalyst for encouraging studies in STEM. The agency continues its tradition of investing in the nation's education programs and supporting the country's educators who play a key role in preparing and inspiring the young minds of today to become the workforce of tomorrow.
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