|The First-EVER White House Student Film Festival:Something big is happening today, and you don’t have to be a kid to be excited about it:
We’re launching our first-ever White House Student Film Festival — and we’re inviting K-12 students from around the country to create and submit one- to three-minute short web videos.
Finalists could have their videos screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, and posted on the White House website. It might just be cooler than having your homework up on the fridge.
The topic: Highlighting the importance of technology in the classroom — and imagining how technology will change the educational experience for kids in the future.
Interested, or know someone who would be?
Check out our official page here — where you can learn more, read the official rules, learn how to submit your video, and hear from Bill Nye (the Science Guy). And if you’re a parent, guardian, or teacher, make sure you spread the word to kids with big ideas.
Here are more important details you should know:
Read the complete rules (and submit your video!) here:
We can’t wait to see what you make.
just another rant …
On a cold February day, people on the east coast put on top hats and tuxedos while Woodchuck weatherman Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, but as the days passed record warmth as well as tornadoes rain and winter storms interrupted the living caused the deaths of many.
No one really had to tell us but as meteors flew by en masse, several trained meteorologists set out to dash our hopes for an early spring in strange and wonderful ways. I have to say it seemed as if most laughed it off at first but as we slid into the first day of spring those weather people confirmed that we will indeed have two more weeks of cold weather. In fact, just days from rain a snowstorm made itself known on the first day of spring. It was is sunny and or hot in parts of the country, mostly on the left coast while others are getting up to 30 inches of snow reminding us not only of that natural disaster Katrina but that climate change is no joke . The winter cold snap is still plaguing the Mid-West and East Coast while spring like weather tries to break out on the West Coast as cold morning’s move into afternoon warmth that dips into lower temperatures when the evening rolls back around. I will say it again, talk about some useless prairie dogs ok, they are from the woodchuck, whistle pig, land and beaver family … whatever, Punxsutawney Phil was wrong !
|As we gather with family and friends to share old memories and make new ones, everyone at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture wishes you and yours the happiest of holidays.We also offer our prayers and hopes for good health and prosperity for the New Year.
Since we broke ground in February of this year, the construction at our site is proceeding full-steam ahead. In early 2013, the steel will start to rise,forever changing the landscape of the National Mall in Washington, DC. In the days ahead I promise to keep you fully informed of our progress.
Finally, let me thank you for the support and commitment you have made to the Museum. You helped make 2012 a truly exciting year. I believe 2013 will surpass it, as together we speed toward the Museum’s grand opening in 2015.
Thank you again. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
I’m writing to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving!
Today, I’d like to thank you for your support on behalf of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
This has been a big year for us — in February, we celebrated our groundbreaking. Construction is underway, and we are on target to open our doors in 2015.
With your loyalty and support, millions of people will experience the American story through a different lens, that of African American history and culture.
Thank you again for helping us build this important new addition to the Smithsonian family of museums. We can’t wait to see you in the Museum when we open!
From all of us here, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.
Edison R. Wato, Jr.
Membership Program Manager