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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 09.28.11

Contacts:

Lauren Espin for Siemens Foundation
732-590-2182
lauren.espin@siemens.com

Alana Carchedi for Discovery Communications
240-662-2572
alana_carchedi@discovery.com

Christina Scripps, Discovery Education


SIEMENS FOUNDATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION ANNOUNCE SIEMENS SCIENCE DAY NOW EXPANDED FOR ALL ELEMENTARY GRADE BANDS

-- Educators Can Now Enter the "Ultimate Cool School Assembly" Sweepstakes for A Chance to Win a Fun, Interactive Science Assembly for their School --

ISELIN, N.J., September 28, 2011— The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education today announced the expansion of Siemens Science Day to all elementary students and teachers. Siemens Science Day is designed to help educators reinvent science class through exciting digital content, provided by Discovery Education, and the chance to win an "Ultimate Cool School Assembly." The new standards-aligned science resources, hands-on activities and videos will now be available for K-6 classrooms.

In 2008, Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education first launched www.siemensscienceday.com, a website emphasizing the importance of math and science through free, fun and engaging hands-on science activities, bringing the wonder of science to life to grades 4-6 teachers. Now in its fourth year, Siemens Science Day has expanded its reach to K-6 classrooms, offering a variety of resources for students and teachers, including:

  • Standards aligned hands-on activities and videos for K-3 and 4-6 teachers, such as simulating earthquakes and monitoring food decomposition
  • Monthly activity themes highlighting related activities and resources
  • Teacher Support Center including 5-minute prep videos, live demonstrations of activities and downloadable one-sheets like best practice and how-to guides
  • "Ultimate Cool School Assembly" sweepstakes for both grades K-3 and 4-6
  • Entries are now being accepted for the "Ultimate Cool School Assembly" sweepstakes. Teachers can log on to the Siemens Science Day website to enter for a chance to win a fun, interactive science assembly for their school, underscoring the importance of science literacy. The assembly will feature interactive demonstrations and mind-blowing experiments with a leading science guru and personality. Teachers will discover "cool" new hands-on activities and stimulating resources that will excite students in a special professional development workshop.

    The mission of Siemens Science Day is to promote science and math literacy throughout the country by providing classroom materials that will help children develop the knowledge, skills and self-confidence needed to succeed in school and in the workforce. The program emphasizes the importance of math and science through fun and engaging hands-on science activities. For more information, visit www.siemensscienceday.com.

    About Siemens Science Day
    Entering its fourth year in 2011, Siemens Science Day offers teachers lesson plans and hands-on activities to help reinvent science class. Each lesson plan is partnered with an exciting video from Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital educational services to schools nationwide. In addition to the digital content, teachers had the opportunity to win an "Ultimate Cool School Assembly." These assemblies are not only fun and interactive, but also underscore the importance of science literacy and the need for science resources among schools. For more information visit the Siemens Science Day website: http://siemensscienceday.com.

    About the Siemens Foundation
    The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. Its signature programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, and The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues. In February 2010 the Siemens Foundation launched its newest initiative, The Siemens STEM Academy, a national STEM education program for teachers designed to support educators in their efforts to foster student achievement in these fields. By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow`s scientists and engineers. The Foundation`s mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens` U.S. companies and its parent company, Siemens AG. For further information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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