C-SPAN's all-new, state-of-the-art 45-foot customized motor coach made its debut visit to Pittsburgh on December 11, 2017 with a stop at Mt. Lebanon High School. Partnering with Comcast to engage teachers and students through interactive demonstrations of C-SPAN's multi-platform public service resources, the new C-SPAN Bus welcomed students from the high school. Special thanks to Mt. Lebanon High School parent Jo Posti for her help to make this stop possible.
The new, high-tech, interactive C-SPAN Bus includes these resources:
Students and teachers were invited aboard the bus to learn about C-SPAN Classroom, a free online educational resource, and C-SPAN's national documentary competition, StudentCam. Awarding $100,000 in prize money, the competition challenges students to produce a 5-7 minute documentary using C-SPAN video to explore a local or national issue of importance. This year's theme is "The Constitution and You," asking students to pick any provision of the U.S. Constitution and illustrate why it's important to them.
To launch the new C-SPAN Bus – and begin the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Bus program – C-SPAN embarked on a "50 Capitals Tour" in September 2017, heading to every U.S. state capital, culminating in November 2018. As the Bus travels, elected officials will be featured during C-SPAN's signature morning program, Washington Journal. C-SPAN Representatives are also gathering video responses from visitors as part of its "Voices from the States" – an opportunity for citizens to share viewpoints on state issues and what they think Washington leaders should do to address local concerns.