TV One Launches “Lights, Camera, Steam” School Curriculum; Partners With Altice USA for “A World Without Steam” Video Essay Contest

Students from Lawrence Middle School receive their prize for placing third in the contest. (Courtesy of Altice Connects)

TV One is building on nationwide efforts to promote science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) among youth by launching its “Lights, Camera, Career” curriculum to schools nationwide. TV One STEAM integrates the arts into the more widely recognized national efforts aimed at increasing minority representation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by exposing youth to the varied aspects of the entertainment industry.

As part of the program’s launch, TV One partnered with Altice USA, the broadband and video service provider that delivers Optimum and Suddenlink-branded services in the U.S., through the company’s Altice Connects community initiative on the “A World Without” STEAM video essay contest, which was announced in February as part of Black History Month. The contest encouraged students in grades 7-12 to create a one-minute video entry with their teachers in the classroom identifying an African American, past or present, who has made a positive difference or significant accomplishment.

The top three winning entries were awarded to the following middle and high schools in New York and Louisiana:

First prize: ICAHN Charter 4 School, Bronx N.Y. –$1000;

Second Prize: Washington-Marion High School, Lake Charles La. – $750

Third Prize: Lawrence Middle School, Lawrence, N.Y. – $500

A special ceremony was held for the winners at Washington-Marion High School on May 22, and at Lawrence Middle School on June 9. The ceremony for ICAHN School will be held later this month. Their winning entries can be viewed at

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