FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 10.18.10
Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
Elizabeth Hillman, Discovery Channel
MYTHBUSTERS and President Obama Team Up to Engage U.S. Students in Science Education through Discovery Education Digital Services
-- Special episode of popular Discovery Channel series to be made available to educators and students through STEM Connect and Discovery Education Science --
--Winners of the 2010 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge Attend White House Science Fair --
Silver Spring, Md. (Oct. 18, 2010) – At the White House today, President Obama hosted the White House Science Fair celebrating the winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. During his remarks, President Obama announced his participation in an upcoming episode of Discovery Channel’s popular series, MYTHBUSTERS.
President Obama participated in the episode, “Archimedes Solar Ray,” scheduled to air December 8th, in which he puts Adam and Jamie’s skills to the test with this ancient and somewhat controversial myth. The story goes back to 215 BC when the Greek scientist and polymath Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun.
Discovery Education will make this special episode of MYTHBUSTERS available to students and teachers through both STEM Connect and Discovery Education Science shortly after it premieres on Discovery Channel. A digital curriculum-based career development resource designed to fuel teacher and classroom engagement, STEM Connect is available at no additional cost to more than half the schools in the U.S. through Discovery Education streaming. Discovery Education Science, a K-8 digital resource powering school curricula and igniting student interest in science lessons, features standards-based virtual labs, simulations, reading passages and a real-time assessment tool that helps educators measure student academic progress.
“The MythBusters have the unique ability to bring complex scientific ideas to life in a manner that is both educational and entertaining,” said Bill Goodwyn, CEO of Discovery Education. “By making this special episode of the MythBusters available in classrooms nationwide, Discovery Education continues to respond to the call from the Obama administration to improve student achievement in science education.”
The White House Science Fair fulfills a commitment the President made at the launch of his Educate to Innovate campaign in November 2009 to inspire students to excel in math and science. As the President noted then, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you`re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.”
Other Discovery “stars” joining the MYTHBUSTERS at the White House Science Fair today were 2010 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge winner Liam McCarty from Elm Grove, WI and the 2010 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge middle school winners Raj Raina and Yash Sathe, from Novi, MI. These two programs, created by Discovery Education and its partners 3M and the Siemens Foundation, encourages student engagement in science education at a time when studies show student interest in science waning.
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