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WPSU wins regional Emmy for 'Science-U at Home'

WPSU was also honored for the program 'Geospatial Revolution: Mapping the Pandemic'
4 October 2022
Chemaine, an animated character in the Science-U at Home special premiering at 7 p.m. Dec. 26 on WPSU. Credit: WPSU. All Rights Reserved.

WPSU Penn State has won two 2022 regional Emmy awards from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  

The awards were announced Saturday, Oct. 1 at the 40th Annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards presentation in Philadelphia. 

“Science-U at Home,” shot on location at Penn State's popular Science-U summer camps, won in the Education/Schools - Documentary – Single Program category.  “Geospatial Revolution: Mapping the Pandemic” won in the Health/Environment/Science - Documentary – Single Program category. 

Both programs were written, produced and directed by Kristian Berg. 

The production crew for “Science-U at Home” also included Christopher Kugler, videographer and editor, Melissa DeJesus, character designer and animator, and Roberto Flores, animator. 

Kugler was also the editor for “Geospatial Revolution: Mapping the Pandemic” and Mickey Klein was the audio mixer. 

“Science-U at Home” is intended to inspire children and their caregivers to engage in science activities at home. The special features original animation and live-action sequences involving campers, instructors and student mentors. It was developed as part of a longtime partnership between WPSU and the Penn State Eberly College of Science’s Office of Science Outreach. Funding was provided in part by a grant to public media stations from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to increase STEM programming during the pandemic.  

“Geospatial Revolution: Mapping the Pandemic” shows how location intelligence and disease surveillance provided important information to researchers, public health officials, policy makers and the general public during the global pandemic. Narrated by Peter Coyote, the episode shows how experts from multiple disciplines came together to employ geospatial tools and massive amounts of data to track, analyze and fight the disease.     

The programs can all be viewed on the WPSU Digital Studios webpage

A total of 86 entries in 80 categories were recognized during the awards, which honor excellence in television news, programming and individual achievement in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. 

Visit the WPSU website for more information on the Penn State Outreach service.