As part of an episode focusing on lakes and rivers, the Emmy-nominated series “Xploration Awesome Planet” will feature Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) and its Science on Seneca (SOS) program.
The nationally syndicated educational earth sciences television series, hosted and executive produced by Philippe Cousteau Jr., grandson of Jacques Cousteau and a past guest of The President’s Forum Series, visited the Geneva area during the final week of September to film a Science on Seneca trip with students from the Pittsford School District.
“We’re thrilled to share our work through Science on Seneca with Awesome Planet’s audience,” says Nadia Harvieux, education program manager for the FLI. “This is a great opportunity that highlights a longstanding, successful program that has the strong support of HWS, the Geoscience Department and the FLI, and schools throughout the Finger Lakes region.”
SOS is a middle and high school educational outreach initiative that enables regional science teachers to provide their students with an outdoor classroom experience on Seneca Lake using the William Scandling, the Colleges’ 65-foot research vessel. Offering opportunities to collect, analyze and share scientific data on Seneca Lake’s major features, the EPA-award-winning environmental education program helps students explore concepts in the field using state-of-the art equipment and gives teachers the chance to demonstrate current methodologies that professional scientists use to monitor water quality while aboard the Colleges’ unique floating classroom.
Established by the HWS Geoscience Department, the SOS program is run jointly and supported between the department and the FLI. The faculty and staff also collaborate with teachers to improve the experience of the SOS training and the applicability to the classroom through a number of hands-on lessons, curricula and resources.
The FLI is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. In collaboration with regional environmental partners and state and local government offices, the Institute fosters environmentally-sound development practices throughout the region, and disseminates accumulated knowledge to the public.
“Xploration Awesome Planet” is part of the Xploration Station, a two-hour block of science related shows consisting of four series: Xploration Awesome Planet; Xploration Outer Space, hosted by Emily Calandrelli, Harvard scholar and former NASA employee; Xploration Earth 2050, hosted by Chuck Pell, artist, entrepreneur, and futurist; and Xploration Animal Science. Awesome Planet airs every Saturday morning on Fox stations throughout the country.