Fox, National Geographic Channel Team With White House on Student Film Festival


Fox and National Geographic Channel are teaming up with the White House for the first student film festival, a project aimed at getting high-speed Internet connectivity and educational technology into classrooms.

Last November, President Barack Obama announced a video competition for K-12 students to create short films fostering an understanding of the role technology will play in education in the future and encouraging young people to become interested in learning science, technology, engineering and math. More than 2,000 videos were submitted and finalists have been invited to the White House on Friday for a film festival where they will have their short films screened.

As part of the event, Fox and National Geographic Channel will give attendees a sneak peek at the first episode of the upcoming Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey television series, produced by Seth MacFarlane and Carl Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan. The series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, celebrates the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education.

Obama also is set to deliver remarks on his ConnectED goal of transforming American education by connecting 99 percent of students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years. 

The event, which begins at 3:30 pm ET on Friday, will stream live from the White House at http://www.whitehouse.gov/filmfest.

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