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Posted Jun 16, 2017

APT Wins Emmy for Interactive Field Trip

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Birmingham, Ala., June 15, 2017  -  For the past several years, Alabama Public Television’s live, interactive field trips have won national and regional awards for educational excellence and innovation. Another trophy was added to the collection this past weekend at the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences ceremony in Atlanta. The Southeast Chapter represents television professionals from all disciplines of the industry from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Asheville, NC. 

Gulf Detectives at Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Animals of the Northern Gulf of Mexico won the Southeastern Emmy Award for Informational/Instructional Media.  This is the fourth Southeast Region Emmy Award APT has received for its live, interactive field trips that have now served more than 500,000 students in Alabama and more than 3 million in the United States. Gulf Detectives at Dauphin Island also received a Bronze Telly Award for educational media earlier this year.

APT’s live, interactive field trips take students beyond the walls of their classrooms to experience science, engineering, history, math, art and literature in the real world. The programs actively engage students with real-time polls and interactive Q&A segments with program guests through e-mail, Google, Twitter and Poll Everywhere. In the Gulf Detectives event, participants followed three student “detectives” on a research boat trip and a visit to Coffee Island to learn about oyster reef restoration efforts. Students observed a shark dissection and learned about animal habitats, animal adaptations, food webs, ecosystems and other aspects of biology and environmental science. Experts from Dauphin Island Sea Lab guided the students’ explorations.

In addition to the live events, archive videos of APT’s field trips are available online for students and classrooms to view anytime. All field trips come with preparation and background information for teachers, lesson plans, and other resources.

About Alabama Public Television

Alabama Public Television – the nation’s first statewide educational television network – touches the lives of Alabama citizens every day through television production and broadcasting, extensive online resources, community partnerships and other services, including vital statewide communications for Alabama public safety and emergency management. APT’s live, interactive electronic field trips have served nearly three million students nationwide and have been nationally recognized with awards for innovation and educational excellence.

About Dauphin Island Sea Lab

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab's mission is to pursue excellence in marine science education, marine research, coastal zone management policy, and public engagement through a variety of programs. Discovery Hall Programs, which partnered with Alabama Public Television for Gulf Detectives, provides education and outreach to Kindergarten through 12th grade students and educators of all levels with a variety of programs throughout the year including field trips, summer camps, and educator workshops. 

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Gulf Detectives at Dauphin Island Sea Lab wins 2017 Emmy Award

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