April 26, 2012
Kris Sork, Communications Director
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Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) was the only school district to receive an Emmy nomination from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. VPS was nominated in the category “Health/Science—Program/Special” for “Science, Episode 1.” “Science” is an educational program hosted by Nate Macon, a physics teacher at Skyview High School. Producers of the program are Nick Voll and Ian Southworth.
In this program, Macon and his “Physics Team” of Skyview High School students pull off impressive, albeit somewhat crazy, experiments to demonstrate the laws of physics. In the nominated episode, they show viewers how gravity works. Rather than using the clichéd example of an apple falling from a tree, Macon and his team shoot a stuffed monkey with an air cannon. Viewers learn that all objects (even stuffed monkeys) fall at the same rate, regardless of mass. “Science” is shown on cable channel 28 and Vancouver Public Schools’ YouTube site, www.youtube.com/VanSDTV.
The Northwest Chapter region includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. Nominations were announced April 20. In their category, the Vancouver Public Schools’ two-person television production team of Voll and Southworth are up against these giants for an Emmy Award: KOMO-TV in Seattle, KATU-TV in Portland, and PBS in Montana. Final awards will be announced in June.
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