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Science Matters Wins RichTech’s Innovation in Community Impact Award

RICHMOND, VA 5/13/16 - Science Matters, a multi-media educational initiative of the Community Idea Stations, has been recognized for Innovation in Community Impact at the Twenty-First Annual Richmond Technology Awards, RichTech’s annual gala celebrating Richmond’s technology community. Innovation in Community Impact is awarded to an individual or team from a nonprofit or civic organization in central Virginia that displays the most innovative use(s) of technology to deliver services, advance their mission, or impact our community. The awards gala was held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

“We are thrilled that Science Matters has been recognized by the Richmond Technology Council as the winner of the 2016 Innovation in Community Award. As the local PBS & NPR station, we strive to share the message that Science and Technology are important to our lives. We do this by using our big loud voice - the power of media - to engage our community in content that educates, entertains and inspires. It is an honor to be a part of the Rich Tech community and we look forward to continuing to highlight the wonderful growth in technology in our region. Why?  Because - Science Matters!” -- Debbie Mickle, Science Matters Project Manager

Over the last year:

  • Science Matters presented over 250 radio reports on topics including environmental sustainability, innovation in health and technology, and the importance of science to our economy.
  • Science PubRVA, connecting curious citizens with creative scientists through regular evening events at venues around town over "a sip of some sort," joined the Stations' umbrella as a key Science Matters program for adults.
  • Science Matters participated in over 35 community events by featuring hands-on educational activities for children of all ages;
  • Science Matters produced Hot Shots and Hot Jobs videos which, in addition to airing on public TV, are distributed to K-12 teachers statewide.
  • As part of the program, videos and stories were created about local Green Kids involved in environmental stewardship.
  • Science Matters partnered with the Science Museum of Virginia to air the weekly Question Your World radio segment.
  • The program hosted Explore the Outdoors, an annual family event connecting thousands of families in the region with over 50 community partners with expertise in outdoor recreation, healthy living and environmental stewardship.

Science Matters extends appreciation to our leadership team and the more than 100 community partners who work with us to use the power of media to inspire students, parents, educators and opinion leaders to value the importance of science, technology, engineering and math to our future.

CONTACT: Katherine Mitchell, 804-560-8261;