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Constitution Day 2013: The Ongoing Impact of Gideon v. Wainwright

HEC-TV Constitution Day
HEC-TV’s Constitution Day 2012 – click photo to play

On September 17 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT, HEC-TV presents Constitution Day 2013: The Ongoing Impact of Gideon v. Wainwright. Join HEC-TV from the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse in St. Louis to interact with their panel of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders for a vibrant and insightful discussion on the constitutional, legal, political and practical implications of the landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright.

To find a more detailed program description- which participants can watch online, on TV, or participate via videoconference-  that includes objectives, related national curriculum standards, pre-program learning activities, and information on how to view the program live and participate interactively, click here.

10-Year Anniversary Logo Design Contest for the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis

challenger learning center st louis logoThis is a great opportunity for students & teachers interested in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math). Students in grades 5-8 have the opportunity to design a special 10th anniversary logo for the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis.

The winning logo will appear on promotional anniversary material throughout the year. In addition, the student’s class will win a simulated space mission for his/her class and be invited be included as part of a special simulated space mission that will be broadcast live on HEC-TV on October 23, 2013.

For teachers wanting get an early start, you can read the contest rules:

• Contest is open to students in grades 5-8
• Students may work together on teams, but only one submission/class will be accepted
• Design must be submitted using the template (coming soon)
• Maximum of 4 colors on the design (black counts as one color)
• Students may use any medium they choose (paint, crayon, pencil, computer-generated, etc.)
• Entries must be received by the Challenger Learning Center by 4:00 pm on September 16, 2013.
• Submission must be sent via US Mail or delivered in person to:

Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis
Logo Design Contest
205 Brotherton Lane
Ferguson, MO 63135

MoDLA 2012 Conference Program Available

Next week is the Missouri Distance Learning Association‘s annual conference. This summer, it will be held in St. Louis, Missouri. Cooperating School Districts‘ Nancy George and Stephanie Madlinger (MoDLA‘s 2011 Excellence Winner in K-12) will be presenting on Friday, July 27th at the conference. Keynotes include both K-12 and higher education speakers. To read more about it, and their presentations, click on the image to go to the online program.

Civil Rights Movement Videoconferences in St. Louis Today

Today HEC-TV conducted two videoconferences live from Barack Obama Elementary in the Normandy School District on the topic of the Civil Rights Movement. Several schools from across the country connected, including Ritenour High School in St. Louis. Cooperating School Districts helped with the bridging of these events through MOREnet.

The focus of the videoconference was not about exploring the details of America’s struggle for Civil Rights throughout its history, but to provide students the rare and important opportunity to speak directly with those who lived during one chapter in that time and are excited to share their experiences with others. HEC-TV’s guests for both programs were participants in CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), the St. Louis Jefferson Bank boycott of 1963, the 1964 protest for minority employment opportunities at the Gateway Arch, and the creation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday as well as many other events related to Civil Rights.  These four main topics were used as examples for students to provide both content and context and also an organizational framework for the program.

Web resources related to these events as well as short biographies of the guests were provided in the pre-program activities for students to use to prepare for the program and develop questions to ask the guests during the program today. An archived recording of the program will be available soon on HEC-TV’s website.

HEC-TV Live! Presents Inside the Artist’s Studio: Drummer Boys, Battledrum, and the Civil War

HEC-TV Live! Presents Inside the Artist’s Studio: Drummer Boys, Battledrum, and the Civil War Videoconference — how do you take the world of Civil War drummer boys and create a compelling and meaningful stage production that is also historically accurate?  Meet the directors, designers, and actors from Metro Theater Company and historians from the Missouri Historical Society who are taking on that challenge with the play, Battledrum.

Date:  January 5, 2012 and January 12, 2012
Times: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time
Grade Levels:  4-10 | Cost:  FREE | Register

Program Description:
How do you create a compelling & meaningful stage production that is historically accurate?  To find out the answer to this question and more as HEC-TV invites you to meet the directors, designers, and actors from Metro Theater Company and historians from the Missouri Historical Society who are taking on that challenge with the play, Battledrum. For both programs, join them live from the auditorium of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park where the production will take place.

Both the January 5 and 12 programs will include a tour of the set, question and answers with the director and actors, performance of a short scene from the play, examples of drummer boy drills used both by soldiers as well as in the production, and video showing elements of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park’s new exhibition, “The Civil War in Missouri.”

The January 12 program will also include the unique opportunity for students to interact with Doug Cooney, playwright of Battledrum. Thus, in addition to the opportunity to meet the actors, designers and historians involved with the production, students will be able to ask questions of the playwright himself about his writing process in general as well as about his creation of this particular play. For this January 12 program, part of the preparatory materials will include a segment from the play for students to read in advance to help them develop questions for Mr. Cooney.

(photo from The U.S. National Archives Flickr stream via Creative Commons)