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NOVA 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON PROGRAMS TO BE AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS AT SPECIAL PRICE; WGBH MAKES SCIENCE SERIES AFFORDABLE FOR CLASSROOM USE

 NEW ORLEANS, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- NOVA, public television's popular science documentary series, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season with a back-to-school special for high school science teachers.
 Beginning in October, videotapes of the 20 new NOVA programs in the 1993-94 television season will be available from producer WGBH Boston to schools and teachers at $19.95 each. NOVA videos for schools and teachers usually carry a cost of $80-$150 per program.
 The one-year experiment was announced today by Paula Apsell, executive producer of the NOVA science series, at the annual meeting of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member stations in New Orleans. "We're delighted to be able to make our NOVA programs more widely accessible as our anniversary gift to high schools," said Apsell. "This is in response to teachers who have been unable to afford the videos, but want to use the series as an educational tool."
 Teachers will learn of the special video offer in the fall edition of the NOVA Teacher's Guide, the curriculum companion to the television series prepared by the Educational Print and Outreach Department at WGBH Boston. All 19,000 high schools in the U.S. receive the NOVA guide every semester.
 "For years our NOVA Teacher's Guides and other award-winning educational print materials have been highly valued by educators and students, but our videos have had limited availability," said Brigid Sullivan, WGBH vice president for Special Telecommunications Services. "Now teachers will have a greater opportunity to fully incorporate NOVA into the curricula through the videos, and schools will be able to add the programs to their libraries."
 The special anniversary season offer is available because WGBH will distribute the videotapes themselves. Educators and educational institutions will be able to write or call a toll-free number requesting the programs. There will be a small additional charge for postage and shipping, and a special discount for orders of 10 videos. If enough educators take advantage of the special offer, WGBH will extend it to future NOVA series.
 Topics to be featured during NOVA's 20th anniversary season include "Jurassic Park Revisited," which considers whether dinosaurs could once again roam the earth; "Codebreakers," which reveals how codes were made and broken in World War II; and "The NOVA Quiz," which tests the science literacy of a cross-section of Americans in a fast-paced high tech quiz show.
 NOVA, the award winning weekly science documentary series, is produced for PBS by the WGBH Science Unit and is made possible by grants from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, Lockheed, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.
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 /CONTACT: Ellen Dockser, WGBH Boston, 617-492-2777, ext. 3857/


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