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  • Novelas Educativas® Launches STEM Film Series that Combines the Phenomenon of Telenovelas and Latest Digital Technology

    Novelas Educativas® is launching an original STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) film series to increase Latino family knowledge of STEM careers.

    WEBWIRE – Wednesday, June 27, 2012

    Burbank, CA – Novelas Educativas® is launching an original STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) film series to increase Latino family knowledge of STEM careers and the importance of parent involvement with their child’s education – specifically math and science.  The STEM Film series will be delivered in various settings such as classrooms, after school programs, community colleges, and across various media platforms, DVD, Internet, and Television.

    Although the Latino population has surpassed 50 million, Latino youth continue to be the least educated in terms of completion of a bachelor’s degree – especially in STEM careers. “The Rancho Santiago Community College District is committed to introducing STEM to Latino youth and their families, and to help prepare students for careers in the STEM field. Our partnership with Novelas Educativas® will produce valuable STEM resources to help engage Latino families” says Dr. Gustavo Chamorro, Director of the Digital Media Center in Santa Ana, CA.

    Novelas Educativas® uses Entertainment-Education (E-E) strategies and narrative film to connect with families and youth from various economic and social backgrounds. Viewers are hooked on storylines with universal themes and with characters that overcome cultural and language barriers. “For over 30 years, E-E has been one of the most effective strategies and our goal is to continue this effort by producing entertaining and accessible films that address the STEM education gap among Latinos,” says, Miguel Orozco, Co-Founder of Novelas Educativas®.

    The first STEM film premiered at the LEAD (Latino Education Advocacy Days) Event  at Cal-State University San Bernardino on March 28, 2012.  “LEAD is proud to partner with Novelas Educativas® to address STEM and Latino Family Engagement and to sponsor the premiere screening of Soldando Mi Futuro,” says Dr. Enrique Murillo, Executive Director for LEAD. The STEM film can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/isp5j-dW6lI

    Novelas Educativas® has produced a second STEM film and will be releasing it in August 2012.  The film contains a powerful message regarding the importance of mathematics in a child’s education and provides an introduction to STEM careers and programs.  The film is based on a true story of a young Latina attending a community college, discovering her passion for math and her journey to becoming a civil engineer.

    In preparation for future STEM films and partnerships, Novelas Educativas® will be participating in the inaugural U.S. News STEM Solutions Summit in Dallas, TX, June 27-29th.

    About Novelas Educativas®
    Novelas Educativas® partners with community colleges, universities, national foundations, and community-based organizations to produce media resources as part of academic curriculum, classroom instruction, and workshops that address the significant education achievement gap for African Americans and Latinos as identified in President Obama’s Education Plan, disparities in nutrition and childhood obesity, healthcare access, and financial literacy. Over the past three years, Novelas Educativas® has partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Ad Council, as part of the national Parent Engagement Campaign, “Your Words Today.” For more information, visitwww.novelaseducativas.com.

  • Website Combines the Phenomenon of Telenovelas and Latest Video-On-Demand Technology

    WEBWIRE – Thursday, April 09, 2009

    Burbank, CA –– Novelas Educativas™ is launching www.novelaseducativas.com to distribute digital films that inform and motivate underserved communities to take action in their own lives. Novelas Educativas™ partners with community colleges, universities, national foundations, schools and non-profits to produce media resources as part of classroom instruction, and workshops. The latest film, “16 Summers,” is based on an African-American family overcoming financial struggles to attend college and features actor Nick Cannon.

    Novelas Educativas™ uses research-based, Entertainment-Education (E-E) strategies that incorporate educational messages into popular entertainment mediums such as narrative films. For over 30 years, E-E has been one of the most effective strategies and the goal for Novelas Educativas™ is to continue this effort by producing entertaining and accessible films that bridge the information divide.

    Approximately 38 million African Americans and 43 million Latinos live in the U.S. and many are disconnected from mainstream resources. Many studies show that African Americans and Latinos are less likely to graduate from high school, go to college, have health insurance, open a checking account, own a home, or even vote.

    “We are using Novelas Educativas with Latino families across New York City and State. I wish I had thousands of copies of the Novelas – we are constantly looking for good materials that are accessible to families at different educational levels and that are realistic, well-produced, and educational. Students see themselves in these films – they laugh, they cry – but most importantly, they learn” says, Marguerite Lukes, New York University.

    With telenovelas being a force in TV programming, Novelas Educativas™ uses dramas and narrative film to connect with families and youth from various economic and social backgrounds. Viewers are hooked on storylines with universal themes and with characters that overcome cultural and language barriers.

    Novelas Educativas™ produces media resources that address the significant high school achievement gap for African Americans and Latinos as identified in President Obama’s Economic Recovery Plan, disparities in nutrition and childhood obesity, healthcare access, and financial literacy.

    About Novelas Educativas™
    Novelas Educativas™ were created in 2003 by MUSA, Inc. and have been shown to thousands of young people and families on campuses and at conferences. In 2006, Novelas Educativas, LLC was co-founded by MUSA Inc. and Nueva Vista Media. For more information, visit www.novelaseducativas.com.

Novelas Educativas® are films that incorporate educational messages to inform and motivate individuals to take action in their lives.