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Episode 3: Game On! Why Math Matters

Premieres Thursday, October 19th at 8p on WVIA-TV

Mountain climbers, a superhero and the legendary video game pioneer who founded Atari join with faculty to explain the importance of mathematics in the third episode of the Telly Award-winning Working Class documentary series.

The latest offering in the series, “Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters” explores the link between math, computers and technology and features information technology fields including gaming and simulation.

The episode features an interview with Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, who was named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men Who Changed America” and is featured in the PBS series, They Made America. A recent article in Fast Company declared, “In the annals of Silicon Valley history, Nolan Bushnell’s name conjures up both brilliant success and spectacular failure. His two landmark achievements were founding Atari in 1972–laying the groundwork for the entire video game industry–and starting Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre in 1977. But there’s another highlight of Bushnell’s bio that has long gone undocumented: pioneer of the high-tech incubator.”

Episode 2: Build & Grow Green

Premiered Thursday, October 27th, 2016 on WVIA-TV

This episode describes the importance of sustainability, conservation and energy use in 21st-century careers.

Viewers will be introduced to a wide range of options available to those who are considering “green” careers, which support wise use of natural resources.

Appearing in the episode are senior gardeners at one of the world’s great public gardens – Longwood Gardens; college faculty in a diverse range of disciples from building science and sustainable design to renewable energy and building automation, as well as horticulture and forestry; college students competing in the Department of Energy’s Race to Zero home design competition, and high school students studying nature at a state park. Also featured are author/environmentalist Rick Bass and children’s book author/illustrator Henry Cole. 

Episode 1: Dream & Do

Premiered Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 on WVIA-TV

While adults may be tempted to tell a budding young artist that success in the field is limited to only a chosen few celebrity artists and fashion designers, in fact designers today work in a wide range of fields from graphic design to web and interactive media, and architecture to engineering and industrial design.

Viewers of Dream & Do have the opportunity to meet young designers and learn more about the past, present, and future of design – from Leonardo da Vinci to 3-D printing.

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Working class is produced by WVIA Public Media and the Pennsylvania College of Technology

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Students and faculty find passion and purpose where real lives intersect in a real Working Class.

Classrooms that connect learning with real work experiences give students the opportunity to explore vibrant career fields and to find areas of interest in which they can make an impact in the real world.

In a Working Class, history provides clues for solving present-day challenges, math explains the mystery behind technology, and communication help us work together to build rich and rewarding lives.

The Working Class documentary series connects teachers, parents and students to resources that relate technology, career awareness, and practical, hands-on activities to math, science, reading, and writing education.

Produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, the series presents 60-minute films, as well as online video, activities, and resources that relate to:

  • EPISODE 1: Design (graphic, web and interactive, architectural, engineering and industrial)
  • EPISODE 2: Natural resources, energy and sustainability
  • EPISODE 3: Computers, electronics and information technology
  • EPISODE 4: Automotive, aviation, collision repair/restoration, diesel and heavy equipment technologies
  • EPISODE 5: Engineering technologies, manufacturing and construction
  • EPISODE 6: Business, health, human and legal services

The series was inspired by audience response to the Telly-Award winning documentary Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-on Education produced in conjunction with Penn College’s centennial anniversary.

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