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Philippe Cousteau’s EarthEcho International Partners with Discovery Education to Launch Water Planet Challenge

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Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
240-662-2893
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Bryan Hughes, EarthEcho International
202-870-1818
bryan@goodpronline.com

– Web-based program provides resources for middle and high school-aged youth to design and implement service-learning projects –

– Impressive group of partners led by the Toyota USA Foundation developing, promoting and distributing Water Planet Challenge –

Silver Spring, Md. (Oct. 26, 2010) – EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education nonprofit, has partnered with Discovery Education to launch the Water Planet Challenge. An unprecedented national call-to-action, the Water Planet Challenge engages and empowers youth to bring about environmental change starting with water-focused projects at a local level. This web-based program provides interactive tools and resources for middle and high school-aged youth to design, create and implement service-learning projects that address environmental concerns in their communities, from water conservation to beachfront cleanups.

“We have a generation seeking resources and tools to take action and create a better future for the planet,” said Philippe Cousteau, Co-Founder and CEO, EarthEcho International. “EarthEcho International and its team of committed partners provide a solution to this challenge through the creation of the Water Planet Challenge, which literally puts the tools of change at the fingertips of youth across the country.”

Among the resources EarthEcho International and Discovery Education are providing at no cost to students, educators and community leaders at launch are:

  • Step-by-step action guides that walk students through a project from investigation to completion
  • Standards-aligned lesson plans that allow middle and high school teachers and students to explore the impact of local action in the context of the recent Gulf oil disaster
  • Video segments on a variety of environmental topics educators can seamlessly integrate into existing curriculum, as well as a link to Philippe Cousteau’s recent webinar on his experiences in the Gulf of Mexico following the oil spill
  • In the coming months, additional action guides and lesson plans on other water-related environmental issues and additional video clips will be added to further support the Water Planet Challenge.

    “Philippe has long been a proponent of both environmental change and the use of digital content and educational technologies to encourage student engagement in environmental and sustainability issues,” said Mary Rollins, Discovery Education Vice President of Education Partnerships. “Discovery Education is proud to partner with Philippe and EarthEcho International to encourage youth to engage in these issues that are so important to our future.”

    Discovery Education is the leading provider of high-quality curriculum-based digital content and professional development resources whose services are available in more than half of U.S. schools. For more information, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

    EarthEcho has assembled an impressive group of partners to develop, promote and distribute the Water Planet Challenge including: Toyota USA Foundation, CBK Associates, Free Spirit Publishing, National Education Association Foundation, Participant Media and the Smithsonian Ocean Portal. Please visit www.waterplanetchallenge.com for a full list of partner organizations. Preliminary funding for the Water Planet Challenge has been provided by the Toyota USA Foundation, Participant Media, Campbell Foundation, Code Blue Foundation, and Maesa Home.For more information about EarthEcho International, visit http://www.earthecho.org.

    “The Toyota USA Foundation is proud to support EarthEcho International as it engages and empowers youth across the nation to find innovative ways to reduce our collective environmental footprint,” said Pat Pienda, Toyota`s Group Vice President of National Philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation.

    About EarthEcho International
    EarthEcho International is a leading environmental nonprofit committed to youth engagement, action, and leadership through education. EarthEcho helps young people everywhere understand the critical role we play in the future of the planet through the one thing that connects us all – water. EarthEcho International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., son of the legendary explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau. For more information about EarthEcho International, visit http://www.earthecho.org.

    About the Toyota USA Foundation
    The Toyota USA Foundation is a $100 million charitable endowment created to support education programs serving kindergarten through 12th grade students and their teachers in the United States, with an emphasis on mathematics, science and environmental science. For additional information about the Toyota USA Foundation, visit www.toyota.com/foundation.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: 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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    Discovery Education Aligns Digital Services to Common Core State Standards

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    Contacts:
    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    emily@cblohm.com

    –Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education streaming Plus, and Discovery Education Assessment Aligned to Support National Standards in English-Language Arts and Mathematics–

    Silver Spring, Md. (Oct. 21, 2010) – Providing support to educators of all levels seeking to implement new national education standards and further integrate digital content into school curricula, Discovery Education announces the alignment of Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education streaming Plus and Discovery Education Assessment with the Common Core State Standards for English-language arts and mathematics. The leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content and professional development resources, Discovery Education services are available in more than half of U.S. schools.

    Developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in consultation with other leading educational entities and educators, the Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what K-12 students across the country are expected to learn in English-language arts and mathematics, regardless of what state they live in. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that students need for success in college and the workforce.

    “The Common Core State Standards Initiative provides consistent, clear expectations of what students nationwide are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them,” said Gene Wilhoit, executive director, Council of Chief State School Officers. “Aligning content to these new standards provides kids with the skills and knowledge that all students need.”

    This alignment aids educators in their quest for easy-to-find, relevant digital resources and quality assessments that empower educators to maximize student academic achievement. The company’s ability to quickly align Discovery Education streaming, streaming Plus and Discovery Education Assessment to these national standards highlights one of the many benefits of using dynamic digital content over static textbooks.

    “It is the Council of the Great City Schools` mission to support the nation`s urban public schools as they educate America`s most diverse students to the highest academic standards,” said Council executive director Michael Casserly. “It is important that new educational tools and resources are aligned with the new Common Core Standards, and we are pleased that Discovery Education is working to make that possible with its services.”

    “Discovery Education supports high quality standards for all students,” said Dale Fulton, Discovery Education chief academic officer. “This ultimately leads to a high-quality curriculum, which research tells us is one of the most important factors in student success. Our company continues to support teaching and learning with world-class content and assessments that are aligned to local, state and national standards, and provide educators with the professional development required to meet the needs of all students in a changing and global education environment.”

    For more information on Discovery Education services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800-323-9084.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: 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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    MYTHBUSTERS and President Obama Team Up to Engage U.S. Students inScience Education through Discovery Education Digital Services

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    Contacts:
    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    Elizabeth Hillman, Discovery Channel
    240-662-2664
    Elizabeth_hillman@discovery.com

    — Special episode of popular Discovery Channel series to be madeavailable to educators and students through STEM Connect and DiscoveryEducation Science —

    –Winners of the 2010 Discovery Education 3M Young ScientistChallenge and Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge Attend White HouseScience Fair —

    Silver Spring, Md. (Oct. 18, 2010) – At the White Housetoday, President Obama hosted the White House Science Fair celebrating thewinners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math(STEM) competitions. During his remarks, President Obama announced hisparticipation 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 tothe test with this ancient and somewhat controversial myth. The story goesback to 215 BC when the Greek scientist and polymath Archimedes set fire toan invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of thesun.

    DiscoveryEducation will make this special episode of MYTHBUSTERS available tostudents and teachers through both STEMConnect and Discovery Education Science shortly after it premieres on DiscoveryChannel. A digital curriculum-based career development resource designedto fuel teacher and classroom engagement, STEM Connect is available at noadditional cost to more than half the schools in the U.S. through DiscoveryEducation streaming. Discovery Education Science, a K-8 digitalresource powering school curricula and igniting student interest in sciencelessons, features standards-based virtual labs, simulations, readingpassages and a real-time assessment tool that helps educators measurestudent academic progress.

    “The MythBusters have the unique ability to bring complex scientificideas to life in a manner that is both educational and entertaining,” saidBill Goodwyn, CEO of Discovery Education. “By making this special episodeof the MythBusters available in classrooms nationwide, Discovery Educationcontinues to respond to the call from the Obama administration to improvestudent achievement in science education.”

    The White House Science Fair fulfills a commitment the President made atthe launch of his Educate to Innovate campaign in November 2009 toinspire 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, ifyou`re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, thebest hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement,too.”

    Other Discovery “stars” joining the MYTHBUSTERS at the White HouseScience Fair today were 2010 DiscoveryEducation 3M Young Scientist Challenge winner Liam McCarty from ElmGrove, WI and the 2010 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge middle schoolwinners Raj Raina and Yash Sathe, from Novi, MI. These two programs,created by Discovery Education and its partners 3M and the SiemensFoundation, encourages student engagement in science education at a timewhen studies show student interest in science waning.

    For more information on Discovery Education and its products, servicesand programs, visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800-323-9084.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionizedtelevision with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classroomsthrough Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction mediacompany in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven,standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order toempower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than halfof all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explorethe future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

    About Discovery Channel
    Discovery Channel (DSC) is dedicated to creating the highest qualitynon-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about theworld in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, whichreaches 98.1 million viewers in the US, can be seen in over 170 countries,offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values andvivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology,exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses atthe people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. Formore information, please visit www.discovery.com.

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    The Hub and Discovery Education Partner to Bring Storytelling to Life at HubForTeachers.com

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    Contacts:
    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    emily@cblohm.com

    — New teacher website offers free tools, tips and resources based on beloved characters from Hub TV shows demonstrating the power of storytelling in school, including lesson plans to improve student writing, and “The Hub Create a Story Contest” to encourage teamwork and engage student creativity in the classroom —

    Silver Spring, Md. (Oct. 14, 2010) – A new online resource designed to help teachers inspire students to create their own imaginative tales is now available at www.HubForTeachers.com. Created in partnership with The Hub, the new TV destination from Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc. that is dedicated to bringing kids and families together, and Discovery Education, HubForTeachers.com allows young students to see the magic behind well-written stories, and provides them with the tools to create their own imaginative tales. Discovery Education is the leading provider of high-quality, curriculum-based digital content and professional development resources, whose services are available in more than half of U.S. schools.

    HubForTeachers.com offers teachers K-5 lesson plans on the four stages of writing (prewriting, drafting, editing, publishing), as well as information, resources and examples focusing on digital storytelling that leverage popular characters from Hub series. A behind-the-scenes feature introduces students to some of the professionals who create The Hub TV shows, with motivating quotes and images from directors, producers, writers, artists, and more.

    “Creating dynamic learning opportunities for students is a top priority for Discovery Education,” said Mary Rollins, vice president of education partnerships. “This new online classroom resource will help the nation’s teachers cultivate the next generation of storytellers, providing them with the tools they need to showcase their creativity while building core written communication skills for the future.”

    In addition, The Hub Create a Story Contest invites teachers to organize elementary students into small groups and let them run with their imaginations. Using their new writing tools in conjunction with a few visual cues from Hub shows, students are encouraged to work as a team to develop an engaging, creative and well-written story. Contest prizes include recognition of the winning group on HubForTeachers.com, and a Hub prize pack for each winning student, with the group’s teacher receiving a digital storytelling package that includes a green screen, flip video camera, and software for classroom use.

    “We are excited to partner with Discovery Education and offer this dynamic online classroom resource for teachers to spread the word about the power of a good story, and the importance of writing in the classroom,” said Mark Kern, The Hub’s senior vice president of communications. “This new web site will help inspire and enlighten students, and get them started on creating their own imaginative tales to foster a lifelong love of storytelling that begins today.”

    For more information about this initiative, visit www.HubForTeachers.com.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: 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.

    About The Hub
    The Hub, a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), entertains, enlightens, empowers and educates children and their families. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Discovery`s library of award-winning children`s educational programming; from Hasbro`s rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub lineup includes animated and live-action series, specials and game shows, and the network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence. The Hub reaches approximately 60 million U.S. households. The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

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    Discovery Education Continues Revolutionizing Education by Launching New Interface and Optimizing Award-Winning Content for iPad

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    Contacts:
    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    emily@cblohm.com

    –Top provider of digital media continues leading the integration of digital resources into curricula nationwide with launch of new student-friendly mobile site–

    Silver Spring, Md. (Oct. 7, 2010) – Discovery Education revolutionized education almost ten years ago by being the first company to introduce streaming educational media into America’s classrooms. Now, Discovery Education is revolutionizing education again by launching a new iPad-optimized version of the popular platform at http://mobile.discoveryeducation.com, the only educational streaming service scientifically shown to improve academic achievement. This new offering for iPad, provided at no additional cost to existing Discovery Education subscribers, immediately provides iPad-friendly content and interface to the more than half of U.S. schools accessing Discovery Education services.

    Discovery Education is the leading provider of high-quality, curriculum-based digital content and professional development resources whose services are available in more than half of U.S. schools. Today’s launch supports these educators in their efforts to integrate cutting-edge hardware and dynamic digital content into curricula.

    In the initial version of the Discovery Education’s mobile optimized platform, more than 33,000 video assets from the award-winning Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Science and Discovery Education Health services can be viewed through a web-standard HTML5 video player, which maximizes embedded video support and provides the best viewing experience for students. In addition, the dynamic navigation and elegant layout of the site are driven by CSS3 and JavaScript, allowing seamless browsing in landscape or portrait orientations.

    Focused on student use and interaction, Discovery Education has structured the first iteration of its iPad-optimized web app around its best in class search and browse functions. Users can find content using Discovery Education’s targeted keyword search, or explore content via the visual subject browse.

    “This marriage of cutting-edge technology and dynamic content holds tremendous promise for progressive educators seeking to engage today’s students in the 21st century world they inhabit,” said Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. “As Miami-Dade continues to evolve instruction beyond the textbook, this new resource will serve as a valuable classroom tool.”

    Over the next few months, Discovery Education will add images, audio clips, PDFs, encyclopedia articles, reading passages, as well as additional videos and clips.

    “Discovery Education’s digital content and the iPad’s amazing display have the unparalleled ability to immerse students in curricula and transport them beyond the four walls of their classroom,” said Chicago Public Schools’ science director John Loehr. “The iPad brings academic lessons to life for students and we at CPS look forward to implementing this unique combination of content and hardware in our classrooms.”

    Additional features of the Discovery Education web app include:

  • A new browse function allowing users to search two level deep on a given subject from the home page
  • Touch navigation for scrolling through search results and player pages
  • A refined design providing students access to the best content in a manner that is native to the tablet form factor and touch interface
  • The ability to filter search results by subject, which helps users view content by criteria including most popular, recently added or best match
  • “Revolutionary hardware like the iPad helps educators integrate digital content ever deeper into existing curriculum, further accelerating the transition from static textbooks to dynamic digital content as a core instructional tool,” said Craig Halper, Discovery Education vice president of customer operations and platform strategy. “In the future, Discovery Education will continue to listen to feedback from the nation’s teachers and adopt and evolve its services to ensure they engage students wherever they are learning, transform the educational process to meet 21st century needs, and ultimately, improve student academic achievement.”

    For more information on Discovery Education services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800-323-9084.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: 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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    DISCOVERY EDUCATION AND 3M ANNOUNCE 2010 NATIONAL SCIENCE COMPETITION WINNER

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    Contacts:
    Melissa Todisco, Hunter Public Relations for 3M
    212-679-6600 x244
    mtodisco@hunterpr.com

    Christina Scripps, Discovery Communications
    240-383-2576
    christina_scripps@discovery.com

    –“America’s Top Young Scientist” Receives $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds —

    (NEW YORK) – Discovery Education and 3M today awarded Liam McCarty of Elm Grove, Wis., with the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” as winner of the 2010 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his innovative wound closure system that better protects deep cuts. McCarty was one of 10 finalists who competed this morning in a series of live science challenges in New York City. A student of Brookfield Academy, McCarty will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds ($25,000 cash value) and a trip to St. Paul, Minn. to visit the 3M Innovation Center and work alongside 3M’s top scientists to test and enhance his prototype.

    Selected from hundreds of students from across the country, the ten finalists competed in a series of challenges and experienced hands-on interaction with some of 3M’s top scientists who served as mentors, as the students were asked to: 1) communicate principles of science behind unusual phenomenons, such as a disappearing beaker or how a hand can be set on fire without leaving burns; 2) test the validity of the “Five Second Rule” as it relates to food safety; and 3) invent a solution to a safety or security problem found in society.

    Finalists were evaluated by a panel of judges on their science skills and their ability to communicate scientific knowledge. Head judge Steve Jacobs, an accomplished scientist, educator and author, joined a team of scientists and educators from across the country to form the judging panel.

    “Satisfying curiosity has been at the heart of Discovery`s mission and DNA for 25 years and we recognize the importance of nurturing interest in science education among America`s youth,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications. “Liam McCarty and all of this year`s participants of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge demonstrated the strength and promise of our next generation of science and technology leaders.”

    “The opportunity to encourage and celebrate science achievement among our nation’s top students carries great meaning for the future of our society,” added Robert MacDonald, President, 3M Foundation. “Innovation is a way of life at 3M and the inventing never stops. We’ll look to the talented minds of the next generation like those represented today to lead us to new frontiers of discovery in the years to come. We at 3M congratulate them all.

    Sydney Clark from Austin, Texas was awarded second place in the nation’s premier science competition for inventing a way to prevent thieves from stealing pin numbers at ATMs. Clark is homeschooled through the Clark Academy of Science and Art. Matthew Shimura from Honolulu, Hawaii was awarded third place for his invention of a protective film that can prevent windows from breaking during high winds. Shimura currently attends Punahou School. Both Clark and Shimura will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to the set of Discovery Channel’s MythBusters. Fourth and fifth place (tie) contestants, Liam O’Brien of Irving A. Robbins Middle School in Unionville, Conn., Kai Klocke of Cedar Park Middle School in Portland, Ore. and Alexander Mataloni of South County Secondary School in Fairfax Station, Va., each will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a Discovery Student Adventures Spring Break Trip to the Grand Canyon.

    Remaining finalists each will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a $500 gift card from Discovery Experiences, which offers first-hand, memorable adventures they see and learn about on Discovery`s networks. Finalists include:

  • Riya Chandra, Fremont, Calif., The Harker School
  • Sehee Kim, Cumming, Ga., South Forsyth High School
  • Raj Raina, Novi, Mich., Novi High School
  • Christopher Riedman, Bismarck, N.D., Horizon Middle School
  • Finalists of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge were all awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City and a prize pack, including a HUB backpack filled with Discovery Education DVDs, games, a digital camcorder and various other prizes, and a vast assortment of some of 3M`s most innovative products.

    As the grand prize winner, McCarty is the recipient of the 3M “Innovation Prize,” for which he will visit 3M`s global headquarters in St. Paul, MN, and learn about technology platforms like microreplication, nanotechnology, advanced materials and processing. 3M`s world class Innovation Center will introduce him to talented scientists who will share insights about their careers, centered around innovation.

    Coinciding with the announcement of this year’s winner, Discovery Education and 3M are beginning the search for “America’s Top Young Scientist” of 2011. For more information on the 2010 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, or to register for the 2011 challenge, go to www.YoungScientistChallenge.com.

    About the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
    As the nation’s premier science competition for middle school students, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to fade and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. In January, students nationwide were asked to create a one- to two-minute video about one of four topics that relate to the science of safety and security: building wind-resistant structures, sun protection, preventing the spread of germs and disease, and food safety. In July, state semifinalists were selected based on their science communication skills exhibited in their videos. In August, the top 10 national finalists were selected. For more information on the challenge, including ages and entry videos of the 10 finalists, go to www.YoungScientistChallenge.com.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: 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.

    About 3M
    A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of customer needs. With $23 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3m.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

    * All finalists were in grades 5-8 at time of competition entry.

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