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Unleashing Your Inner Auteur for Nuclear Energy

Erich von Stroheim Here’s something fun for your teens, or if you are a teen, you:

Students in middle and high schools are encouraged to prepare a three to seven minute video (VHS or DVD) on positive aspects of the various forms of energy, including nuclear energy. The purpose of the video contest is to enhance students' researching and fact-finding skills, and to educate them on the various forms of energy that we use today. Students are encouraged to be creative in their entries, yet informative. The video can be staged as a short play, commercial, news broadcast, talk show, music video, documentary, etc.

This is being sponsored by Westinghouse, via their N-Vision program. N-Vision is a nuclear advocacy program that focuses a lot on teacher-student materials and projects. You can find a pdf with instructions here. There’s prize money involved but not to buy X-Box points, iTunes music or whatever else the whipper-snappers of today are into – it all goes for school stuff.

(We’re a bit leery of industry-sponsored advocacy groups that hide their provenance, largely because they often becomes sinkholes of junk science, but Westinghouse is right up front with N-Vision. And it’s an interesting site, too – take a spin around it.)

Erich von Stroheim, considered one of the best directors – considered by some the very best director – of the 1920s. His career was wrecked by excess generally and, specifically, a contentious encounter with actress Gloria Swanson on the film Queen Kelly (1929), his last job of direction. Later, as an actor, he and Swanson reteamed to play fictional, and highly ironic, versions of themselves in Sunset Boulevard (1950) – which is where this photo comes from.

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