UT Austin Engineering School debuts national show on PBS

March 1, 2013



From the gushing geysers of "Giant", to the plutonium-powered time machine of "Back to the Future", Hollywood has entertained us with unforgettable, often iconic images of energy. Energy at the Movies is an hour-long educational special that illustrates the history of energy using Hollywood films as a road map. The show promises to enlighten audiences about the ways films influence how we think about energy, and in turn, how we influence energy policy.

said Dr. Michael E. Webber, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering - and the show's creator and host.

The program uses pop culture to draw audiences into the complex subject of energy, helping spark deeper interest and promote greater Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) literacy.

Starting March 29th, 2013, "Energy at the Movies" will be made available for national syndication on Public Broadcasting Service stations via the National Educational Telecommunication Association (NETA). Viewers are invited to check local listings for broadcast dates and times in their specific area. PBS. currently reaches more than 220 million people, and is considered the most trusted brand in America.

View on YouTube. Transcript available on YouTube.

"Energy at the Movies" is presented by Dr. Michael E. Webber, and brought to you by The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, with additional support from the American Clean Skies Foundation and AMD. It was taped before a live audience in the historic Austin City Limits Studio 6A at KLRU TV, Austin PBS.

For more information, contact: Juan Garcia, Producer, "Energy at the Movies" – Cockrell School of Engineering, 512-900-1973


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