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Alycia Chanin, Discovery Education
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ALCOA FOUNDATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION HOST LIVE VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP FOR CLASSROOMS WORLDWIDE

--Students invited to participate in virtual event broadcast live from Alcoa Kitts Green plant in UK on March 4th for exclusive look at careers available in today’s advanced manufacturing industry--

SILVER SPRING, Md. (March 2, 2016) – Classrooms worldwide are invited to take part in the Manufacture Your Future Live Virtual Field Trip hosted by Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development, on March 4, 2016, at 9:30AM ET. Broadcast live from the Alcoa Kitts Green plant in Birmingham, England, this virtual event will connect science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classroom concepts to various career paths available in today’s advanced manufacturing industry.  

Available at no cost to classrooms worldwide, the Manufacture Your Future Live Virtual Field Trip will provide students grades 6-12 the chance to tour a sophisticated manufacturing plant without leaving their classrooms. Home to some of the most advanced manufacturing technology in the world, the Alcoa Kitts Green factory produces rolled aluminium products for aircraft, highly demanding industrial applications and high performance Formula 1 racing cars. Participating students will see first-hand how Alcoa’s cutting-edge products are developed, and will hear directly from Alcoa engineers about the relevance and importance of STEM skills in their everyday work. Additionally, UK students from England’s Grace Academy, a specialist business and enterprise school in Solihull, will join Alcoa engineers in person during the live event.

The 45 minute virtual field trip will be available to watch live online at http://www.manufactureyourfuture.com/UKVirtualFieldTrip and www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/vft and will be archived for future use at http://www.manufactureyourfuture.com/UKVirtualFieldTrip.

“We are thrilled to be taking part in this live broadcast with Discovery Education, and to have the opportunity to see behind-the-scenes at the Alcoa plant,” said Tim Burgum, Science Teacher at Grace Academy. “The virtual field trip will enable our pupils to see first-hand how STEM subjects and skills relate to real life apprenticeships and future careers.”

The virtual field trip is provided as part of Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education’s award-winning Manufacture Your Future program – a comprehensive online site that offers middle and high school educators, guidance counselors, students and families hands-on resources to build excitement around post-secondary manufacturing career opportunities. Manufacture Your Future encourages the development of critical thinking skills through real-world application. It offers dynamic standards-based, STEM-focused lesson plans, career guides, family discussion starters and other online resources that highlight today’s advanced manufacturing careers and demonstrate the crucial role that manufacturing plays in daily life.

“As the manufacturing industry continues to evolve and expand, we know the importance of offering resources such as the Manufacture Your Future Live Virtual Field Trip to spark students’ interest in this dynamic industry. It’s the first step in preparing tomorrow’s workforce with critical skills needed to fill the increasing demand in this field,” said Suzanne van de Raadt, Director, Global Communications and Program Development at Alcoa Foundation. “We are proud to showcase talented members of Alcoa’s UK team as they share their stories and connect classroom STEM skills to their advanced manufacturing careers.”

“Discovery Education is proud to continue our partnership with Alcoa Foundation and present this unique event for teachers and students worldwide,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education. “Digital content such as this virtual field trip brings learning to life in ways that are simply not possible through traditional text, and we encourage classrooms worldwide to join us on March 4 for this exciting event.” 

For more information about the virtual field trip visit: http://www.manufactureyourfuture.com/UKVirtualFieldTrip.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.   

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $480 million. Founded 64 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $635 million in communities worldwide. In 2015, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company's signature Month of Service program, in 2015, 47 percent of Alcoa employees took part in 1,000 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 300,000 people and 400 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.

About Alcoa
A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminium industry over 125 years ago, and today, our 60,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminium, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminium products. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alcoa and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alcoa.

About Alcoa Global Rolled Products, Kitts Green
Established in 1938 and acquired by Alcoa in 2000, Alcoa Kitts Green is the UK’s largest Aluminium rolling mill. The Kitts Green facility is part of Alcoa’s Global Rolled Products business and predominately serves the Aerospace, Defense and General Engineering Markets with Rolled Plate, Cast Slab, and Aluminium Lithium Plate & Billet.

Alcoa's first presence in the United Kingdom was in the late 1950s with a rolling and extrusion mill in Swansea, Wales. Today, we have locations throughout England that serve the needs of Europe's aerospace, commercial transportation, industrial and building markets. Our products range from flat rolled plate, forgings and fasteners for the aerospace industry to super alloys and advanced components for industrial gas turbines and jet engines.