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Drew Freeman Selected As Finalist in Science Youth Media Festival
Drew Freeman Selected As Finalist in Science Youth Media Festival


The following information was sent to us by Prince George's County Public Schools:

A film by students in the Climate, Ocean and Weather (COW) Institute at Drew-Freeman Middle School was selected as a finalist in the KQED Science Youth Media Festival in San Francisco. 

Drew-Freeman’s submission, “Ocean Acidification,” will be shown at the festival on June 10. The film highlights research by Dr. Jane Lubcheno, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, about the effects of increased carbon dioxide levels on marine life. Students at the Suitland school performed two experiments in the film that allowed them to see the effects of increasing carbonic acid levels on the skeletons of marine life.

“To gain national recognition for work at the Climate, Ocean and Weather Institute in only the first year of operation is phenomenal,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of Schools. “We are extremely proud of these students and have every expectation that they will build on this success.”

More than 50 entries nationwide were submitted for the festival. Directed and produced by Drew-Freeman science teacher Keenan Whitesides and academic dean Kenneth Nance, the film will be shown at the California Academy of Sciences.

The film premiered last fall at the institute’s induction ceremony. Lubcheno, who also serves as administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, attended the ceremony and was impressed by the students’ adaption of her work.

Students in the COW institute participate in one of three programs: the Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) Club, the Entrepreneur Club or the Climate Science Academy. The institute’s goal is to build students’ knowledge and skills in climate science and create a pipeline for further study of STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, math) fields in college.

The KQED film festival focuses on nature and environmental science. The digital media project submissions could explore oceans, water use, pollution, environmental justice and cultural connections among other topics. Grand prizes include a potential showcase on KQED’s multimedia science and environment series “QUEST,” a two-day internship with the series’ production team and Apple mobile devices. KQED is the northern California PBS and NPR station.