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Charmion Kinder, Discovery Education
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Tiffany Ballow, Nutrients for Life Foundation
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Discovery Education and Nutrients for Life Foundation Host Exclusive Virtual Field Trip at Texas A&M to Connect STEM Concepts to Curriculum and Real-World Agricultural Careers

– LIVE Virtual Field Trip from Texas A&M Offers Middle School Students Nationwide a Deeper Understanding of The Science Behind Sports Turf Management –

Silver Spring, Maryland (Monday, March 12, 2018) - The Nutrients for Life Foundation, an educational non-profit that educates students and the public about the vital role soil nutrients play in growing our world, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will host a LIVE Virtual Field Trip for students nationwide from Texas A&M on March 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

The LIVE event, “Play Ball: The Science Behind Sports Turf Management,” will engage middle school students with an exclusive look at the scientific practices and innovative technologies used in sports turf management, showing the important role soil science plays in the world of sports.

“We are excited to partner with Discovery Education to provide innovative resources to 21st century learners that expand their understanding of the valuable role soil plays in developing our growing world,” said Nutrients for Life Foundation Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer. “Sports start from the ground up with healthy soil, and we are proud to expose the next generation of scientists to exciting career paths in agronomics and soil science.” 

Hosted live from College Station, Texas, this Virtual Field Trip is part of the Nutrients for Life Foundation and Discovery Education's "From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil" multi-year education initiative. Designed to give middle school students a deeper understanding of the important role science and soil nutrients play in agriculture, “From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil” explores core science connections between soil nutrients, plants and crops.

During this live event, Nick McKenna, Assistant Field Manager of Texas A&M University, will share how he utilizes soil science and critical thinking skills in turf management. From soil chemistry to fertilizer production, McKenna and his team will provide students with an in-depth look into how Texas A&M sports fields are maintained and kept safe the university’s athletes. “Play Ball: The Science Behind Sports Turf Management,” will help students make connections between the STEM concepts they are learning in the classroom and real-world careers in today's agricultural industry. Participants across the country may register at thescienceofsoil.com/virtualfieldtrips.  

“Discovery Education is proud to continue a longstanding partnership with the Nutrients for Life Foundation to seed the curiosity of young learners, while encouraging them to explore and grow,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Connecting STEM concepts to real-world careers through an immersive experience like the ‘Play Ball’ Virtual Field Trip is transformative and empowers educators to reach their students through curriculum in breakthrough ways.”

To support educators beyond the Virtual Field Trip, "From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil" also provides middle school students, educators and families with a suite of comprehensive digital resources that uncover a deeper understanding of the role soil science plays in everyday life and the importance of soil nutrients in agriculture. These resources include dynamic interactive lesson plans, digital explorations, bilingual family activities and a ranging collection of agricultural career profiles.

“Highlighting the real-world application of science and technology in classroom instruction is my passion and integrating this Virtual Field Trip will provide my students the unique opportunity to explore STEM concepts in the context of real-world careers,” said Patti Grammens, science teacher at Lakeside Middle School, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia. “Offering my students a pathway to explore Texas A&M college, the science behind sports turf management, and an immersive educational experience helps me to connect exciting and enriching concepts to everyday life.”

For more information on "From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil,” visit thescienceofsoil.com and stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd and @Nutrients4Life.

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About Nutrients for Life
The Nutrients for Life Foundation spearheads the mission to educate students and the public about critical soil nutrients in our growing world. Since its formation in 2004, the Foundation has reached over 30 million students with resources such as "Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century," the Smithsonian approved, STEM curriculum. Nutrients for Life's partnership with Discovery Education began in 2013 and has added a new dimension of innovative, interactive digital resources for the modern classroom. The Nutrients for Life Foundation is a tax-exempt status organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 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 Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK).