C-SPAN Campaign 2016 Bus Visits Schools

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Thursday August 27, 2015

C-SPAN’s award-winning, 45-foot customized bus will visit South Burlington High School (SBHS) and Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School (FHTMS) September 3 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The visit is part of national tour to promote C-SPAN’s Road to the White House program by visiting universities, schools, and political events. In addition, the bus will feature a customized 2016 campaign app allowing visitors to explore potential presidential candidates, events, and footage during the campaign trail.

Activities on September 3 will include a brief program, beginning at 9 a.m., welcoming city officials and dignitaries along with remarks from SBHS Principal Patrick Burke and FHTMS Principal Karsten Schlenter. In addition, there will be recognition of students’ individual and team achievement over the summer.

Tours of the C-SPAN 2016 Campaign Bus will begin around 9:30 a.m. Visiting officials, students, and the public are invited to step aboard the bus to learn about the public affairs network’s programs and resources, including its in-depth coverage of the U.S. Congress, White House, federal courts and the American political process. Through interactive exhibits, students and educators will also learn about C-SPAN’s campaign 2016 coverage and its new history series about U.S. Supreme Court landmark cases.

Participants will also learn about C-SPAN’s free comprehensive online educational resources including C-SPAN.org, C-SPAN Classroom and C-SPAN’s nationwide documentary contest, StudentCam, open to students in grades 6 to 12.

In Vermont, C-SPAN programming is provided by Comcast on channel 22 as a commercial-free public service.  All funding for C-SPAN operations, including bus visits, is provided by local TV providers. In addition, C-SPAN.org is a searchable, video-rich site that has every C-SPAN program aired since 1987. The public can access this extensive online collection, over 200,000 hours of political and governmental footage, for free, and share user-generated video clips by email and social media. 

Aboard the C-SPAN Bus, visitors will experience the following through interactive technology:

• In-depth public affairs programming and educational resources

• Touch-screen quizzes on C-SPAN and the three branches of government

• Mobile devices demonstrating how C-SPAN is used on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, YouTube, XM Radio, and mobile apps

• HD cameras and production equipment capable of producing public affairs programming aboard the bus