Entertainment Industries Council Highlights Innovate Students in Science, Engineering and Technology Documentaries

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EIC, as Co-Chair of U.S. News and World Report “S.T.E.M. Solutions Summit” for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Visits Multiple Summer Camps in Dallas and Plano, Texas to Capture Real People, Real Stories with Inspiring Students

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“I will program the world, someone else can rule it.”
--Programming Student

The Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) was on location last week in Dallas, TX capturing inspiring stories of leaders in science, engineering and technology fields, and innovative students ages 7-15 as part of the Ready on the S.E.T.(and…Action!) initiative to increase American interest and pursuit of these fields. While some kids “say the darndest things,” these students are building and creating the darndest things! Imagine a seven year-old, building a concept car in only a matter of hours; a middle school student making movies, or a junior high CSI investigator dusting for fingerprints. Through the extraordinary summer camps hosted at Southern Methodist University campuses in Dallas and Plano, Texas, EIC is bringing a first-hand look at the future of innovation through informative, entertaining documentaries.

“I will program the world, someone else can rule it,” one iD Tech Camp Programming Student told EIC. Students like this are learning the inner workings of the technology they use every day. Many may go on to make products more efficient, user friendly or even powerful.

“The Entertainment Industries Council will take more than 50 interviews gathered over the course of the U.S. News and World Report “S.T.E.M. Solutions” Summit on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, to craft documentaries for use by vast audiences nationwide as informational, entertaining discussion platforms to encourage the pursuit of these careers that will propel our nation to new heights,” EIC President Brian Dyak said. “Our Ready on the S.E.T. (and...Action!) initiative will also support young adults with a passion for these subjects by offering a video competition for those 18 years and older to show Hollywood how they would create a television series using science, engineering, technology and math in everyday life. I encourage all students to follow their passions, pursue their goals and recognize the power of creative problem solving.”

EIC learned that no matter your age, imagination is boundless, especially for a young person with a desire to create what many can only imagine. “When I was younger, I used to build with Legos and would have to take apart my creations because I ran out…with computers I never have to take my creations apart, I can save it all infinitely,” a 3D animation student told EIC.

Many students, meanwhile, are gravitating towards science, engineering and technology to stand out from the crowd. “Graphic design is how I choose to express myself,” commented a 3D Design student. “Knowing computers is my special skill,” another Movie Makers Student said. “We are going into fifth grade and will not be able to take stop motion class because we are going into fifth grade, so we made our parents buy the program for us to take home so we can finish making the Hunger Games in stop motion,” continued a sibling Movie Maker team.

No matter what is driving these future problem solvers, one this remained certain from age 7 to 15, they understand the need for passionate professionals with solid skills in science, engineering, technology and mathematics. Says one student, “It is important for kids to learn computers at a young age because you even need to use computers at the grocery store.”

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About Entertainment Industries Council
EIC, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power and influence of the industry to bear on communication about health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the chief pioneer of entertainment outreach and one of the premiere success stories in the field of entertainment education. EIC provides information resources for entertainment creators through innovative and time-proven services and methods of "encouraging the art of making a difference" from within the entertainment industry. EIC produces the simulcast national television special PRISM Awards Showcase which addresses accurate portrayals of prevention, treatment and recovery from drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and mental health concerns. The organization also produces the S.E.T Awards, honoring positive and non-stereotypical portrayals of science, engineering and technology.

EIC also addresses issues such as diabetes, ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, foster care, women's health, firearm safety and injury prevention, sun safety and skin cancer prevention, human trafficking, terrorism and homeland security, eating disorders and obesity, seat belt use and traffic safety, and HIV/AIDS prevention. The organization has also launched an initiative to increase the public profile and interest in science, engineering and technology. EIC’s web site is http://www.eiconline.org. The PRISM Awards web site is http://www.prismawards.com.

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