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October 18, 2017

WNET Represents at The Paley Center for Media’s STEM Mentoring Event

This past weekend, on Saturday, October 14, Children’s and Educational Media producer Michelle Chen participated in From STEM to Screen: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Creators, a mentoring event hosted by The Paley Center for Media with support from Verizon and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

Approximately 100 New York City high school students took time out of their weekends to learn more about the STEM (science, tech, engineering & math) skill sets needed behind the scenes in media and entertainment careers.

The event kicked off with a conversation with actor Chris Chalk, who plays inventor Lucius Fox on Gotham. Then, Michelle was one of 10 media professionals who engaged in ten rounds of “speed networking” with the students, many of whom grew up watching WNET’s STEM-inspired kids series Cyberchase. The students asked about everything from career advice to the process of creating a children’s TV show or game. Other mentors at the event included web engineers/producers, a production designer, an electrician/gaffer, an animation director, a marketing data analyst, and virtual and augmented reality developers who offered demos of their products in development.

The event was a wonderful opportunity share WNET’s work with young people and encourage them to pursue their interests in both STEM and media.

The media professionals who served as mentors at the From STEM to Screen event. From L-R: Marc Chicoine and Virginia Sanchez-Ramirez (Google Expeditions), Hugo McGrory (datavized), Justin Simonich (Sesame Workshop), Phil Marshall (Paley Center), Michelle Chen (WNET), Claire Willett (Conde Nast), Iris Ng (electrician & rigging gaffer, Power & White Collar), Anastasia White (Production Designer, Mr. Robot). Top and bottom photos by: Kristina Bumphrey/Starpix

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