SOURCE: KCET

January 22, 2008 09:00 ET

PBS Series 'WIRED SCIENCE' Launches Online Video Contest for Science-Savvy Teens

Apple Student Gallery Hosts Competition

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - WIRED SCIENCE, the fast-paced PBS science and technology series produced by KCET/Los Angeles in association with WIRED magazine, transfers its energy to the web during its first-season hiatus with the January 2008 launch of the WIRED SCIENCE Student Video Contest hosted by Apple Student Gallery, the web's premier collection of student-produced digital media projects. The online video competition calls for student innovators and experimenters in grades 9-12 to explore a scientific principle and create a short video. Anything science-related will qualify -- from a math formula or a chemistry equation to a law of physics. For complete details, please visit www.PBS.org/wiredscience.

In the spirit of the show, judges are looking for creativity, originality and humor. Students are reminded to be safe and may enlist the help of their teachers. Three cash prizes will be awarded, with first place winning $2,000. Registration for the contest closes March 15, 2008; submissions will be accepted through April 1.

"Many of tomorrow's advances and innovations will be created by today's students," says Jackie Kain, KCET vice president of New Media and the web site's executive producer. "We hope students will have fun with it, get creative and ignite their passion for discovery and experimentation. They can share their work with their peers, possibly help educators who might be interested in showing some of these videos in class, and just maybe win some cash in the process."

The top 20 finalist videos will be posted to pbs.org and in the Apple Student Gallery. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including experts from the WIRED SCIENCE blog, Correlations, the WIRED SCIENCE panel of advisors led by science educator Michael Lampert of West Salem High School, and editors from WIRED magazine, the first word on science and technology for the last 15 years.

Continuously updated, www.PBS.org/wiredscience offers streaming video of the entire first season, available on-demand; web-original content, including videos, photos, and essays; an extensive educational component for educators and students, showcasing featured teachers and students; and Correlations, a group blog composed of scientists, show hosts and producers. Jackie Kain is executive producer of WIRED SCIENCE Digital, the web component of WIRED SCIENCE.

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