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Discovery Education and OPEI Foundation Partner to Inspire Stewardship, Appreciation of Outdoor Landscapes in Elementary Students with New TurfMutt Program

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

Caroline March-Long, on Behalf of OPEI
434-295-5938
caroline@fourleafpr.com

– Classrooms can enter Landscapes Across America contest for chance to win $5,000 grant toward implementing Eco-friendly programs –

Silver Spring, Md. (Feb. 15, 2011) – Discovery Education and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute`s Education and Research Foundation announce the launch of TurfMutt, an online, science based program designed to help educators teach an appreciation of backyard and community green spaces and landscapes.

“The TurfMutt educational curriculum is a valuable resource for educators seeking to teach their students about the positive role ecosystems play in our environment,” said Mary Rollins, Discovery Education vice president of educational partnerships. “Teaching students about the benefits of the green space in their own backyard or nearby park will help create a new generation of environmental stewards.”

OPEI and Discovery Education have created a dynamic digital curriculum led by Lucky, a real-life rescue dog who encourages kids to protect the land around them and fosters an appreciation of natural surroundings in their own community. This curriculum includes lesson plans for students in grades 3-5, engaging activities, puzzles, videos, and more.

In addition, an interactive map brings ecosystems across the country to life for students. With these resources, teachers can emphasize the benefits of landscaping in balance with local environments, and instill a new appreciation for environmental issues.

“The goal of the TurfMutt program is to set kids on a path of scientific discovery about the environmental and lifestyle benefits of our every day green spaces – our parks, lawns and landscapes,” said Kris Kiser, executive vice president, OPEI. “We`re proud to partner with Discovery Education to provide elementary school teachers with a fun, engaging way to teach their students about the role of green, growing plants, but most importantly, the role of water conservation and environmental stewardship.”

OPEI and Discovery Education are also launching the Landscapes Across America contest, challenging students to illustrate the unique ecosystem attributes of their local region. Classrooms are encouraged to submit a slideshow with digital photos of the unique landscape in their area, and include a written description of what environmental aspects of their region need to be protected. All entries must be submitted by March 31 and judging will take place in April.

The grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 grant toward the implementation of an eco-friendly program with his or her class, a $500 reward for the winning teacher, and Discovery Education will plant a tree for every student and teacher in the winning class. Four second-place winners will receive a $500 grant toward implementing an eco-friendly program, as well as trees planted for every student and teacher in the winning classes.

For more information on TurfMutt and the Landscapes Across America contest, visit http://turfmutt.discoveryeducation.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 OPEI Education & Research Foundation
The OPEI Education & Research Foundation works to develop educational materials, support research and further programs to foster environmental stewardship and an appreciation of our parks, forests, lawns and landscapes. The Foundation`s priorities revolve around environmental best practices and stewardship in the care and enjoyment of our green spaces and safety education that ensures safe and proper use of outdoor power equipment.

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Discovery Education’s Digital Content Now Compatible With Learning.com

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

Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
608-839-9806
emily@cblohm.com

Silver Spring, Md. (February 7, 2011) – Discovery Education’s suite of digital curriculum-based services, including Discovery Education streaming Plus, Discovery Education Science and Media Share, are now compatible with Learning.com’s Web-enabled Sky digital learning environment.

Discovery Education is the leading provider of high-quality curriculum-based digital content and professional development resources. Available in more than half of U.S. schools, Discovery Education’s services support educators nationwide as they transition to using dynamic digital media as their core instructional resource.

Learning.com is a pioneer in providing premier, Web-enhanced instruction focused on innovative, results-oriented solutions with a singular, over-riding purpose: to improve student learning. The Sky learning environment is specifically designed for K-12 teachers and administrators, and provides educators with easy and intuitive tools to successfully incorporate 21st century skills into their teaching.

By making Discovery Education digital services compatible with Sky, Learning.com users can now access the company’s content using one single username and password. In addition, Discovery Education’s digital content will now appear in Learning.com users’ searches alongside Learning.com content. Finally, Learning.com users can now easily include Discovery Education’s digital assets when creating their own curriculum items or customized units within Sky.

“This is an exciting partnership because both Discovery Education and Learning.com are committed to providing educators the resources they need to build 21st century learning environments that engage students,” commented Joan Kelly-Smith, vice president, Discovery Education. “We look forward to working together to improve student academic achievement.”

“Helping educators engage students in the classroom in a way that mirrors their interaction with information outside the classroom is critical,” commented William J. Kelly, CEO, Learning.com. “Through our partnership, Discovery Education and Learning.com help educators meet the needs of today’s students.”

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 Learning.com
Founded in 1999, Learning.com helps K-12 teachers and administrators improve student learning through our curriculum solutions and assessments, delivered in our Sky digital learning environment. We save teachers time – enabling them to focus on their instructional relationships with their students, rather than classroom management tasks. And we support districts to make the most of their digital resources. Learn more about our award-winning curriculum solutions that fuel kids’ desire to learn in STEM, math, science and technology, and our full suite of assessments for 21st century skills and tech literacy. Visit www.learning.com or call 800-580-4640.

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National Science Competition Searches for America`s Top Young Scientists

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

Christina Scripps, Discovery Communications
240-662-6502
christina_scripps@discovery.com

–Middle School Students Paired with Real-World Scientist Mentors to Compete for $25,000 and other prizes in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge–

(Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn.) – Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the 2011 call for entries for the 13 th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge , the nation’s premier science competition for students in grades 5 th through 8 th . Ten finalists will be selected to receive an all-expense paid trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. to compete in the final challenge in October, 2011. The winner will receive $25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

According to the latest results from the 2009 National Assessment of Education Progress, less than half of U.S. students are proficient in science. The decline begins in 4 th grade with 34 percent performing at or above the proficient level and decreases to 30 percent of eighth-graders and 21 percent of twelfth-graders. To help cultivate our nation’s next generation of great thinkers and innovators and keep them interested in STEM-related issues, Discovery Education and 3M have teamed up once again to reward students for their science acumen and curiosity, while encouraging them to share that passion by creatively communicating their findings through this national science competition.

Scientists around the world rely on communication to help solve scientific problems and transform creative ideas into innovative solutions. For this reason, middle school students residing in the United States are asked to create a one to two-minute video communicating the science behind a possible solution for an everyday problem related to one of the following categories:

  • The Way We Move
  • The Way We Keep Ourselves Healthy
  • The Way We Make a Difference
  • For additional information on the video topics, click here .

    New to this year’s competition, each of the ten finalists will have an exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M scientist during a summer mentorship program where each finalist will be challenged to create an innovation that solves a problem in society. As part of the mentorship, the students will virtually meet with their mentor and will receive resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education, the leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content.

    Reviewed by a panel of judges, all video entries for the 2011 science competition will be evaluated on the basis of creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall presentation. Videos will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic digital cameras. All video entries must be submitted online at www.youngscientistchallenge.com no later than April 15, 2011 .

    For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including submission guidelines, tips from previous winners and complete rules, please visit: 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
    3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $27 billion in sales, 3M employs about 80,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

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