Posts Tagged ‘KET education services’

ConnectKentucky Award

KET recognized by ConnectKentucky with Government Leadership in Technology Award

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

nasaConnectKentucky recently honored the Commonwealth’s technology leaders at its 2013 Tech Day at Northern Kentucky University. KET, in partnership with Eastern Kentucky University, was awarded the Government Leadership in Technology Award for its role in a live broadcast from the NASA International Space Station.

In January of this year, NASA, EKU and KET provided the entire state with a unique event: a live television and online broadcast from the International Space Station that featured astronaut Dr. Tom Marshburn and approximately 160 middle school students at EKU’s Hummel Planetarium. The centerpiece of the day was a live question-and-answer session with 20 students and Dr. Marshburn, which was delivered live across the state in high definition on KET and streamed live on the web using broadband technologies provided through the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Network.

Watch it online now!

“Our congratulations go to the many individuals at KET who worked hard to make this special event possible, and our gratitude goes out to our partners at EKU,” says Shae Hopkins, KET executive director and CEO.

KET also won the 2012 Government Leadership in Technology award from ConnectKentucky for its virtual physics lab.

Trusted Education

A message from Shae Hopkins, KET’s executive director

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

KET believes that all children, regardless of where they live, their background, or their economic status, should have access to a quality education.

In Kentucky, with more than 27 percent of our children living in poverty and with many unable to attend a quality preschool, it is vital that ALL children continue to have access to trusted educational programs like Sesame Street, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, and Curious George.

These programs are carefully developed by educators to teach reading, science, math, and social skills that will help kids to be successful when they enter school. The programs our children enjoy also help them develop an early love of learning.

Educational media from KET and PBS is free and accessible on television, the internet, and on mobile devices. In fact, four of every five kids in America watch PBS KIDS programs.

As conversations continue about federal funding for educational television, we invite you to go to valuePBS.org to learn more about the vast service we provide. The federal investment in public broadcasting represents about one one-hundredth of 1 percent of the total federal budget. Eliminating PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would not affect the federal budget deficit, but it would devastate public media and fundamentally change KET.

Educating all of Kentucky’s young minds is a wise investment, one that will pay dividends for a lifetime.

NASA Intl. Space Station

Students across Kentucky get rare opportunity to interact with NASA International Space Station

Friday, Sept. 7, 2012

Eastern Kentucky University, partnering with KET, has been selected by NASA as one of only six U.S. downlink sites where students will be able to converse with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station!

On Jan. 11, 2013, around 200 students will spend the day at EKU, participating in educational activities during the “From the Bluegrass to the Blue Marble: Systems in Space” celebration. Up to 20 students will then be selected to talk with the astronauts; the remaining students, as well as classrooms throughout the Commonwealth, will be able to watch a live stream of the event.

KET will make the downlink session available for viewing anytime through its online resources for teachers and students and will produce related digital learning resources.

KET’s partnership in the downlink and surrounding activities with EKU exemplifies and strengthens our statewide educational mission to serve all Kentuckians and to bring current affairs, science, math and technology into every classroom.

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