C-SPAN Bus to visit St. Petersburg school, USFSP on Wednesday

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C-SPAN is coming to St. Petersburg as part of a five-day Florida tour of colleges, middle, and high schools.

On Wednesday from 9-11 a.m., the C-SPAN Bus will be in the parking lot in front of public charter high school MYcroSchool Pinellas, 840 Third Ave. S.  Later, the tour visits the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 200 Sixth Ave. S., from 12:30-4 p.m. in front of Student Center.

The C-SPAN Tour, now in its 22nd year, is a bright-red 45-foot customized bus carrying interactive exhibits for students, teachers, and the public. The bus provides a hands-on look at the cable channel’s coverage of Congress, the White House, federal courts and the American political process. Guests on the bus have an opportunity to learn how to access and utilize C-SPAN’s comprehensive online educational resources and services, including C-SPAN.org and StudentCam, its student video documentary competition for grades 6-12.

Funding for all C-SPAN operations, including Bus appearances, is through local TV providers. In St. Petersburg, C-SPAN is available commercial-free on Bright House Networks channel 15, C-SPAN2 on channel 176 and C-SPAN3 on channel 177.

Aboard the bus, visitors can experience a variety of displays: touch-screen quizzes on C-SPAN and the three branches of government, mobile devices demonstrating how C-SPAN is used in social media, and HD cameras and production equipment for producing public affairs programming.

Co-sponsored by Bright House Networks, the Florida leg of the C-SPAN Bus tour will go to Melbourne, Port Orange, Lakeland, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, New Port Richey, Apopka, and Winter Garden.

“We are excited to welcome the C-SPAN bus to St. Petersburg,” said Joe Durkin, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications for Bright House Networks.  “The bus offers a great source of information about the political process and about how our government works, and we are pleased to offer residents in the St. Petersburg community this interactive and educational experience.”

With 150 student prizes, totaling $100,000 in prize money, the StudentCam competition theme in 2014 is “The Three Branches and You: Tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action by either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch has affected you or your community.”

More information is at www.studentcam.org. C-SPAN’s public affairs programming is also on the C-SPAN Networks, C-SPAN Radio, and c-span.org. 


Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.