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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253



(Rochester, New York) December 4, 2012 – Students from the Rochester City School District #19 School, who recently received the Judges Award at the 2012 FIRST LEGO League Tournament, will be special guests on WXXI’s Homework Hotline, airing Thursday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

A national robotics program for students 9 to 16 years of age, FIRST LEGO League is designed to engage children in the areas of science and technology. The FIRST LEGO team of students from #19 School will share with Homework Hotline viewers what the league is all about and what it was like to participate in the tournament. They’ll also explain how they got involved in the league and why STEM education is so important, plus demonstrate what their robot can do.

Homework Hotline is a live call-in TV show, where kids get help with homework problems right on the air. Designed for children in grades four through 12, it provides the tools students need to succeed in school, and supports academic achievement across a variety of NYS Learning Standards. Teachers from Rochester Dial-A-Teacher take the calls and send them to WXXI studios in Rochester, where host teachers, who are experts in subjects across the curriculum, are standing by ready to help kids work through their homework assignments live on television.

Produced by WXXI, and broadcast on PBS stations across New York State, Homework Hotline has helped thousands of children with their studies. The program airs Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), and on PBS stations throughout New York State. Homework Hotline is funded in part by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).

Rochester’s FIRST LEGO League tournament, which was held at the Edison Technical and Vocational Campus on November 17, 2012, was the qualifying round for regionals. The regionals will be held at the University of Rochester on December 9, 2012.


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