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Student from New Jersey Receives Award for STEAM Sustainability Innovation from Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education

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Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, August 10, 2022) – Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education today recognized a New Jersey student as the winner of the 2022 Trade Champions Challenge. The Challenge asks high school students to work to create a 30-60 second video submission, directed at their peers, about why they aspire to be a trade professional and/or why they are passionate about the trade career in which they are currently engaged.​  

The 2022 Trade Champions Challenge winner is Samantha S., a 10th grade student at Cumberland County Technical Education Center of the Cumberland County Vocational School District. Samantha will receive a cash prize and a Stanley Black & Decker Prize Pack. Her project – entitled “The Future of Construction” – addresses the fourth industrial revolution as related to the innovative technologies of the construction industry. See the full description of the winning project here. 

The annual challenge builds upon a Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education educational program – Innovation Generation – designed to ignite, engage, and empower students to become innovators through no-cost dynamic digital resources. Through real-world explorations of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), Innovation Generation cultivates students’ collaboration, problem solving, and creative thinking. 

“As a purpose-driven industrial organization, we do the hard work to make our world a better place. Part of that work is to celebrate and elevate the young innovators whose ideas solve problems, big and small,” said Stanley Black & Decker Corporate Responsibility Officer Deb Geyer. “We applaud Samantha for her innovative demonstration of how trade careers are changing the world.”  

Powered by Stanley Black & Decker’s tools and Discovery Education’s unparalleled educational resources, Innovation Generation fuels student learning with a premiere, STEAM-focused, cross-disciplinary initiative that invites students and educators to explore their worlds through building, making, and doing. Innovation Generation resources help students build the important critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills needed for success beyond the classroom. The program’s digital tools can be accessed online at Innovation-Gen.com and through Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform on the Social Impact channel. 

“The winner of the 2022 Trade Champions Challenge is a perfect example of how trade jobs impact, influence, and inspire today’s students,” said Beth Meyer, Vice President of Social Impact at Discovery Education. “In partnership with Stanley Black & Decker, we are empowering students with the STEAM content to pursue the trade careers of the future.” 

Stanley Black & Decker is also signature partner of the STEM Careers Coalition™ – the first-of-its-kind national STEM initiative powered by corporate and non-profit leaders and anchored in schools by Discovery Education. The STEM Careers Coalition prepares 10 million students for the future of work by providing equitable access to digital content and experiences that engage students, build foundational STEM knowledge, and develop the critical skills students need for college and career success. Having reached over 5 million students by the second-year anniversary in 2021, the Coalition is nurturing a diverse culture of STEM education in K-12 schools and afterschool centers nationwide by empowering educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom, fostering and promoting quality education, and building the next generation of STEM solution-seekers with intentional focus on racial and gender equity. 

For more information about Discovery Education’s award-winning digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn. 

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About Stanley Black & Decker
Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a leading $14.5 billion global diversified industrial with 53,000 employees in more than 60 countries who make the tools, products and solutions to deliver on its Purpose, For Those Who Make The World. The Company operates the world’s largest tools and storage business featuring iconic brands such as DEWALT, STANLEY, BLACK+DECKER and CRAFTSMAN; the world’s second largest commercial electronic security company; and is a global industrial leader of highly engineered solutions within its engineered fastening and infrastructure businesses. Learn more at stanleyblackanddecker.com. 

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the worldwide EdTech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 100 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading EdTech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com. 

Contacts
Stanley Black & Decker
Abigail Dreher
abigail.dreher@sbdinc.com
860-515-2759 

Discovery Education
Grace Maliska
gmaliska@discoveryed.com
240-839-4239 

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Discovery Education’s Augmented Reality App Earns Spaces4Learning New Product Award

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Silver Spring, MD (Tuesday, August 2, 2022) – Discovery Education—the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes placerecently earned the Spaces4Learning New Product Award in the K-12 Remote Learning Technology category for its Sandbox AR app. The Spaces4Learning New Product Award program honors the outstanding product development achievements of companies whose products or services are particularly noteworthy for their ability to enhance the learning environment. Spaces4Learning is a leading publication for companies and organizations interested in creating high-quality facilities in both K-12 and higher education.  

Discovery Education’s Sandbox AR app empowers students and teachers to create, share, and even inhabit virtual environments. Within Sandbox AR, users can create virtual worlds and populate them with some of the hundreds of unique objects from history, the built world, science and nature, and more. Sandbox AR also gives students new ways to express themselves and demonstrate their learning through a feature that lets learners take photos or record a video walkthrough with their own voice over. Sandbox AR even offers a mode that allows users to scale up and inhabit their own life size virtual environments. 

For those new to AR, Sandbox AR includes many pre-built sandboxes exploring diverse subjects such as ancient Egypt, space exploration, Mayan civilization, road construction, and more, with additional sandboxes coming soon. Discovery Education is also making available several free, pre-built lessons educators can use with the app to familiarize themselves with integrating AR into classroom instruction. Sandbox AR is available for download here. 

“Since its inception, Discovery Education has been an early mover in bringing innovative technologies—such as streaming video and digital textbooks—into the classroom, and we are now excited to put the power of augmented reality into the hands of educators with the Sandbox AR app,” said Scott Kinney, Chief Executive Officer at Discovery Education. “We are honored by this recognition as it validates our work to provide all educators state-of-the-art resources that connect students to the world around them. Thank you to the Spaces4Learning team for this recognition.” 

The winners are determined by a panel of judges. Learn more about the New Product Awards and the 2022 winners here. 

For more information about Discovery Education’s award-winning digital resources and professional learning services, visit  www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.  

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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 100 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com 

Contacts
Grace Maliska
Discovery Education
Email: gmaliska@discoveryed.com  

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New, Enhanced Version of Discovery Education’s K-12 Platform

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Discovery Education Announces Latest Enhancements to Award-Winning K-12 Learning Platform

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SILVER SPRING, MD (Thursday, July 28, 2022)Discovery Education—the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place—today announced a host of new enhancements to its award-winning K-12 platform. These improvements make it easier for educators to find, build, and deliver compelling lessons that capture students’ attention and drive deeper student engagement no matter the subject.  

Among the latest enhancements made to the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform for back-to-school are:  

More ready-to-use tools to assess student outcomes and address learning gaps.
Educators can refine instruction to keep students motivated with the classroom engagement tool, Quiz. Quiz gives multiple ways to promote active learning in the classroom and track progress in real time. Quiz now features: 

    • 200 new ready-to-use formative assessments created by Discovery Education perfectly aligned to content. The total of 400 existing quizzes makes it quick and easy to customize, or educators can create quizzes from scratch or use as-is for turnkey assignments.  
    • Real-time tracking of student progress with My Classrooms, an intuitive new way to navigate between tracking student progress and assignments. The redesigned interface will help teachers better understand where students are and how to differentiate learning to meet their unique needs.  

A new time-saving educator experience enhances the use of high-quality instructional resources.
Discovery Education understands that one of a teacher’s most valuable resources is time. The K-12 platform’s search features have been more finely tuned to help educators find just the right piece of digital content they need to capitalize on the teachable moment.  

A brand-new Explore page empowers educators to easily browse Discovery Education’s more than 200,000 unique digital resources by subject, then offers personalized suggestions based on their activity in the platform, grade levels, and topics of interest.  

In another effort to save educators time, Discovery Education is introducing compilations of rich digital resources sourced from trusted content partners and the most popular Discovery Education assets all organized by grade band and prioritized by Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. Among the Discovery Education content partners contributing to these collections are Sesame Workshop for early learning content, Marzano Academies for professional learning opportunities, Minecraft: Education Edition for Minecraft worlds, STEM Careers Coalition for STEM career profiles and pathways, and engaging interactives from two of the leaders in this space, Vooks and PhET. 

Enhanced ability to easily adapt ready-to-go lessons and activities. 
Studio—Discovery Education’s creative lesson-building and presentation tool—empowers educators to quickly modify a ready-to-use activity, create a lesson from a template using proven education strategies, or construct a new digital lesson from scratch.  

In addition to improving the overall workflows of Studio, educators are now able to: 

    • Quickly preview Studio lessons or activities from the student perspective. 
    • Use images as buttons for student navigation through activities.       
    • Enliven lessons with fun fonts and animated buttons.  

A new student interface builds agency, inspires learning, and promotes time on task.
Discovery Education has updated the platform’s student interface with a refreshing new look and improved overall experience that builds student agency, encourages learning, and promotes time on task. New features of the improved student interface include: 

    • Personalization options for students to customize the look and feel of their home page.  
    • A refreshed Assignments section that makes it easier for students to prioritize, launch, and complete assignments.  
    • A brand-new Explore page that offers students the opportunity to follow their interests, with content recommendations based on searches, and what is timely, relevant, and new at Discovery Education. 

“Continuous improvement is one of Discovery Education’s core values,” said Discovery Education’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Kinney. “The newest updates and features added to the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform support educators’ efforts to engage and inspire student learning wherever and whenever it is taking place. By providing teachers access to timely, relevant content and useful teaching tools all in one place, Discovery Education is making it even easier for teachers to find or create the engaging lessons we know will stoke the natural curiosity in all learners.” 

Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform is designed to work within the school systems’ existing infrastructure and workflows and provides safe, secure, simple access methods for educators and students. Through expanded, lasting partnerships with Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Brightspace, and Clever, integrating Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform into existing IT architecture is easier than ever. Learn more about the latest updates to the Discovery Education platform here. 

Educators using Discovery Education’s K-12 platform and all Discovery Education resources benefit from the support of the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Community. This global community of education professionals connects members in school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration. 

For more information about Discovery Education’s award-winning digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.  

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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 100 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.  

Contact
Grace Maliska
Discovery Education
Phone: 704-557-2444
Email: gmaliska@discoveryed.com 

Stephen Wakefield 
Discovery Education
Phone: 202-316-6615
Email: swakefield@discoveryed.com 

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