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Kick off your morning with the National Finalists of the Siemens Competition!

Join us for inspiring stories, live Q&A, and exciting Siemens Competition Scholarship Winner announcements on Tuesday, December 8th. Hear from inspiring speakers in celebration of STEM innovation as they provide personal insights on how ideas go from progress, and how they were able to deal with obstacles along the way to success. It all starts at 10am ET.

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Racing Extinction Virtual Field Trip- TODAY at 1pm EST

Join us for the Virtual Field Trip that was inspired by Discovery’s global premiere of Racing Extinction. Discovery Education invites middle and high school students on an inspirational journey from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to explore the science behind anthropogenic mass extinction and meet those dedicating their lives to saving species and transforming communities along the way. Register Now

Give Students Deeper Understanding of STEM With New Digital Exploration

Reinforce core math and science concepts with’s NEW digital exploration, Operations Exploration, and transport students in grades 6-8 from the classroom to explore and apply analytical skills to help solve real world problems! Explore Today

Live From The Farm Virtual Field Trip on December 3rd

Join us as we broadcast live from Hinton Farms on December 3 at 1pm ET. Students will investigate the science behind how our favorite fruits and vegetables are grown and how they go from soil to store! Register Today!

Bringing New Teaching Strategies to Life in Des Plaines 62

Partnering with Discovery Education, this small and diverse school district, comprised entirely of grades K-8, introduced Streaming Plus video content into their lesson plans and watched as the students responded and thrived under the new curriculum. Utilizing video content and other tools and resources available via tablet and laptop, District 62 teachers were able to dive deeper into topics and provide students a more in-depth understanding of the material. Read More

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Congratulations to Hannah Herbst - America’s 2015 Top Young Scientist and winner of $25,000!

Hannah created an Ocean Energy Probe, that is aimed at providing a stable power and fresh water source to developing countries by using untapped energy from ocean currents. Her invention stores energy in a generator that can harness many uses, including the desalinization of water.
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Starting Soon – Transport Your Students to a Working Farm at 1PM

Just a few hours left to register and tune in LIVE at 1PM ET for a virtual tour of the Creighton Brothers Farm in Warsaw, Indiana. On the farm, your students will explore the transfer of energy and matter in action while getting a behind-the-scenes look at a working egg farm. Chat with us live using #EggboardVFT for the chance to have your questions answered live during the event. This is a learning experience you won’t want your class to miss!
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Mathematical Modeling 101

Mathematical modeling has gotten a lot of attention recently, but what is it, really? This webinar will help to explain what it is and why it's important to school districts. Presenters will answer questions about how to make it work in secondary classrooms.
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Live Event October 27th at 1pm ET

Join Discovery Education and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy as we celebrate ENERGY STAR Day with a LIVE virtual discussion about the importance of energy efficiency and how our energy use affects climate change. We will explore how innovative ENERGY STAR products make it easier for us to save energy and protect the environment. Submit your questions and PLEDGE to take energy-saving actions in your school and home today!
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One Idea With: Dr. Darryl Adams, Superintendent, Coachella Valley Unified School District

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Dr. Darryl Adams, Superintendent of California’s Coachella Valley Unified School District. Dr. Adams’ One Idea focuses on the importance of connected relationships in education. Watch the video below to learn more, and then visit Coachella Valley USD online for additional information about Coachella Valley Unified School District work to connect students to their future.
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Starting Soon: Celebrate Manufacturing Day with a LIVE Virtual Field Trip to an Aerospace Plant!

Celebrate Manufacturing Day and explore STEM careers at a state-of-the-art aerospace plant – plus, meet U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker! Join Discovery Education and Alcoa TODAY at 1:00 PM ET for exclusive access to Alcoa Power and Propulsion in Whitehall, Michigan. Inspire future manufacturing engineers with this interactive, engaging virtual experience!
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Now Live “Let It Grow” Contest Awards Agriculture Grants to Schools

The first ever Let It Grow contest encourages educators and community adults to enter a middle school of their choice and vote daily to win a $5,000 agriculture grant, which could be used towards a school garden or gardening supplies, professional development, and more!
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Kilimanjaro Expedition Travel Journal

Explore the unique biomes of Mount Kilimanjaro through the experiences of 10 students, 12 educators, and 4 scientists embarking on a scientific and learning expedition to the highest point of Tanzania, Africa. Read the travel journal, browse through the photos, and track their scientific soil research conducted for NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission.
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Kilimanjaro Expedition Travel Journal Entry 1

Base Camp Arusha, Tanzania 2,788 feet Everyone arrived safely to Base Camp at the Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. All are in good spirits after long journeys. Tanzania is beautiful and we have all been welcomed with open arms.
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One Idea With: Erik Palmer, ASCD Author, Professional Speaker, and Educational Consultant

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Erik Palmer, a professional speaker and educational consultant from Denver, Colorado. Erik’s passion for public speaking has been part of every one of his careers.
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Kilimanjaro Expedition

From September 23 - October 1, a team of 10 Students, 12 Educators, and 4 Scientists representing 5 different countries, Nigeria, Oman, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United States, will attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the world's seven Summits, and the tallest mountain on the African continent.
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Celebrate Constitution Day at the National Constitution Center

Join us live for two exclusive events from Philadelphia. Students will meet Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer who will speak about the ins and outs of his job and answer students’ questions. Then take a virtual tour inside this cutting-edge museum, the first and only one of its kind devoted to the U.S. Constitution.
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Discovery Education and Science Channel's Support Our Science Initiative

Last week, Discovery Education and Science Channel hosted two interactive STEM assemblies in Houston area schools as part of the Support Our Science (S.O.S) initiative, an ongoing effort to ignite students’ curiosity while providing educators with the means to build skills and knowledge in STEM.
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Enter the Ultimate Cool School Sweepstakes from Siemens Science Day Daily!

The Ultimate Cool School Sweepstakes, open to all K-6 educators, will award one winning educator a free year of school-wide access to Discovery Education Science and exciting prize packs for their classroom. Discovery Education Science will support your school’s science curriculum with interactive virtual labs, exclusive video segments, reading passages and much more! Siemens Science Day offers hands-on activities and tools to bring your science classroom to life.
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Dig Into the School Year with New STEM Resources!

Introduce your middle school students to the world of Copper recovery with Dig Into Mining’s new classroom and family extensions. Each extension is created to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills while reinforcing core math and science concepts!
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Celebrate Constitution Day at the National Constitution Center

Join us live for two exclusive events from Philadelphia. Students will meet Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer who will speak about the ins and outs of his job and answer students’ questions. Then take a virtual tour inside this cutting-edge museum, the first and only one of its kind devoted to the U.S. Constitution.
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The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge Opens September 21!

Save the date and encourage high schoolers to create a PSA about teen driving safety. This year there are more chances to win and $60,000 in cash prizes for the winners!
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Kilimanjaro Expedition

From September 23 - October 1, a team of 10 Students, 12 Educators, and 4 Scientists representing 5 different countries, Nigeria, Oman, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United States, will attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the world's seven Summits, and the tallest mountain on the African continent.
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One Idea With: Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline Public Schools

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent of Washington State’s Highline Public Schools. Dr. Enfield’s One Idea focuses on the importance of early learning. Watch the video below to learn more, and then visit Highline Public Schools’ website for additional information about the district’s efforts to support young learners.
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District Leaders: Focus on Content First, Tech Second

Much has been written about districts and schools “going 1:1,” issuing tablets, computers, or other electronic devices to every student. As the quantity of devices in the hands of students grows, many leaders like me believe these changes cannot succeed without supporting transformative change in student learning experiences. Namely, I’d like to see a focus on content first, tech second. It is far more important to enhance learning via high quality content and instructional transformation than it is to simply replace a pencil with a tablet and hope for the best.
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PD Tips: Behind The Discovery Educator Network

Having a strong professional learning network is an important part of being an educator. Being able to share and receive advice, lesson plans, or just friendly banter among peers is an essential part of teaching. For this reason, many online communities exist to serve this purpose. Education World takes a look at the Discovery Educator Network (DEN), a global network that also provides annual virtual and in-person conferences for teachers all over to convene.
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I Am An Engineer

Last week engineering was trending on twitter due to the hashtags #IAmAnEngineer and #ILookLikeAnEngineer. These hashtags are focused on breaking down stereotypes in engineering and promoting the many types of people who are engineers.
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Let’s All Be Math People

When is the last time you bought 42 watermelons? A student at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Florida told us recently that she saw a textbook that had a math problem about buying 42 watermelons. “Who does that?” she asked. Unless they own a grocery store or a fruit stand, the answer is: no one. To me, this type of silly question captures the essence of our national challenge in teaching mathematics today.
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Getting Your Students in Top Shape With Performance Tasks

As teachers, we’re inundated with flash-in-the-pan jargon and lingo. I never heard of “performance task” before I became a content specialist and curriculum writer a few years ago. At first, it might seem like it’s just a fancy way of saying a “lesson.” But a lesson could describe anything a teacher does in class with students–watching a video, leading a lecture, assigning worksheets, even nap time. A performance task requires students to actively engage in a learning activity, aligned to both skills and content, with the opportunity for real-time feedback and growth.
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STEM Education in Rural Schools: Challenge = Opportunity

As I travel around the country, I hear the concerns about opportunities for rural students to study the STEM areas, learn about STEM career opportunities, the availability of Internet and cell service, and the difficulties recruiting and retaining STEM teachers in rural areas. At the same time there are opportunities for employment in jobs which are STEM in nature.
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Seizing Opportunity in the Digital Age: The Intersection of Technology and Special Education

The approaches to special education learning, particularly in the ways technology is used to assist teachers and students, has a dramatic impact on the lives not only of more mainstream students, but all Americans. That was the major takeaway from a panel event discussion held in Washington, D.C. last week by The National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) and the Education and Technology and Telecommunications Taskforces of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. NCTET hosted the discussion particularly to discuss the intersection of technology and special education.
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Follow the Finalists to the 2015 Young Scientist Challenge Final Event!

The top 10 finalists are hard at work and excited for you to share in their summer mentorship experience with a 3M scientist. Each finalist gives you a first-hand look at the challenge through their eyes - from what inspired them to participate, to the benefits of working with their 3M Scientist Mentors! Each week the finalists will explain how they are preparing for the final event, which will be held at 3M’s World Headquarters in October.
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How Can We Make the 63,000 Questions We Ask in a Year Better?

Students need background knowledge to make skills-based instruction accessible. If we expect our students to think critically, to sharpen historical thinking skills, they need factual information. How can a student contextualize, a higher order skill, without knowing some basic information about a time period?
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New Horizons: Opening a World of Possibilities for Students

Today marks a historic day for NASA and space exploration, after a nine-year journey the New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto providing us with a number of firsts for space exploration. It marks the first time we have seen clear pictures of Pluto. And the first time in decades we are exploring an entirely new world to this degree of detail. We are pushing the frontiers of our knowledge – everything we discover will be a first.
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One Idea With: Keith R. Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

Krueger’s One Idea focuses on how school districts engage the community and move from a confrontational privacy concern to one of trust. Watch the video to learn more, and then visit for additional information on CoSN’s mission and work.
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DEN Summer Institute: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Learning

Each year, Discovery Education brings together educators from a wide variety of specialties for a week-long professional development and networking event. Attendees learn how to use technology to energize their own teaching from keynote speakers, the Discovery Education team and each other. Educators leave inspired and motivated with a new network of collaboration and friendship.
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New Science Standards Open Doors for Real World Learning

Over a dozen states have now adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), with more poised to do so over the coming years. These new standards will help prepare students for college and careers and will bring project based learning, key core concepts, and cross cutting ideas that will result in a sea change in the way science education is taught in the United States.
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Swim with Sharks during the Worldwide Summer Adventure!

As your summer adventure heats up, its now time to swim with the sharks. Find out how you can create a social media page for your favorite shark, complete with photos, hashtags, status updates, and reactions to Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.
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What are the Next Generation Science Standards?

Over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of conversations surrounding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Recently these conversations are growing in sophistication to much deeper and meaningful discussion about what the standards are and their impacts on teaching and learning. The primary focus has been on the shift in the teaching of Science. But, what do these standards actually look like, what are these shifts, and what does this actually mean for educators?
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Discovery Education Content Showcase: Episode 4

In honor of Science Channel’s Space Week and the arrival of NASA’s New Horizons space probe to Pluto after a nine-year journey, this month’s Content Showcase features programming related to space science.
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One Idea With: ASCD Author and Consultant Pete Hall

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews best-selling ASCD author and consultant Pete Hall.
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Webinar: Taking Your District Digital…Building Shared Vision & Collective Ownership

You’ve committed to going digital, but how do you build consensus around your vision and engage key stakeholders in building and implementing a long-term plan? Join this engaging conversation between leading Superintendents as they discuss how they’ve tackled these challenges and built solid digital plans for their districts. June 25th, 2:00 PM ET.
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Social Media and the Connected School District

While the past ten years have shown significant changes in terms of consumption of information, the importance of communication in support of leadership and innovation remains the same. Today’s superintendent is connected 24/7 and knows how to leverage the power of technology to harness effective and impactful communication. Here, Superintendent Mike Lubelfeld discusses "the connected school district" and why modern day school systems must be social at the core in order to achieve success.
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One Idea With: Zach Leverenz, CEO of EveryoneOn

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service, affordable computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans.
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Blog: The Interconnected Nature of the Metric System

If you think back to your initial instruction regarding the metric system, you probably remember sitting in an elementary classroom, staring at a series of colorful posters on a wall. Each one denoted a different prefix used as metric units of measure magnified by powers of 10. ou may have poured deciliters of water into a large beaker to prove that there really were ten to a liter. But in all of the metric exposure you had, if your experience was similar to mine, there was one key fact that was never mentioned: The metric system was designed to be interconnected.
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Magna Carta Virtual Field Trip

To commemorate the signing of Magna Carta in Runnymede, Discovery Education will broadcast live from the National Archives in the United Kingdom - home to the 1225 version of Magna Carta. The 30-minute event will focus on the history of Magna Carta and examine how human rights have developed over the centuries.
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Gettin’ Triggy with It – Using Digital Interactives to Introduce Trigonometric Graphing

The concept of graphing trigonometric functions contains one of the biggest shifts in mathematical thought for students in secondary mathematics. The key to helping students navigate the tricky trigonometric waters is to help them see these concepts visually. This is where digital interactives shine. There are a few websites that show trigonometric graphs being created in tandem with a terminal ray being rotated around the unit circle. Each one approaches the concept differently.
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New This Week: Worldwide Summer Adventure

See what's new for your student's this week on the Worldwide Summer Adventure Launch Pad! See the live Magna Carta Virtual Field Trip, Tour our National Parks, and relive the Ford's Theatre 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Assassination.
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Discovery Education Redesigns Community Blog

Check out the latest edition of the Community Blog that displays articles more visually than ever before. Discover a renewed commitment to thought-provoking articles, resources, and interviews that impact the lives of students each and every day.
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Using Graphs to Relate Two Quantities…and Create a Chorus of Laughter

One of my favorite lessons to teach middle school students is how to use a graph to relate two quantities. This is usually the first time students have created a graph from scratch to represent a real-life scenario. Many of them have prior experience creating graphs from other math classes, but my experience has been that they have only used graphs within a math context. This lesson seeks to expose students to the reality that characteristics of graphs can have deep and significant meanings when context is added.
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