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DISCOVERY EDUCATION TO COMMEMORATE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 WITH EXCLUSIVE CLASSROOM RESOURCES THAT SHARE FIRST HAND STORIES OF REBUILDING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
240-662-6502
christina_scripps@discovery.com

— Special Guests Paula Zahn and Danny Forster to Moderate Panel Discussions at Local Screenings that will be Streamed Live to Classrooms Nationwide —

— Supplemental Curriculum Provides Thought-Provoking, Engaging Content —

Silver Spring, Md.(August 31, 2011) – Discovery Education announced today its plan to engage educators and students beyond the walls of their classroom with immersive learning experiences covering the events of 9/11 and exploring the innovations and challenges associated with rebuilding a sacred site. Honoring the victims, survivors and all those affected by 9/11, Discovery Education, in collaboration with the September 11th Families’ Association and Tribute WTC Visitor Center, will provide free educator resources, host previews of Discovery Channel’s documentary RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZERO with panel discussions and update its flagship service, Discovery Education streaming, with 9/11-focused resources.

Celebrating the communities, the stories and the resiliency represented by Americans most impacted by the tragic events of that day, Discovery Education will host four events in cities closely affected by 9/11 featuring previews of RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZERO, a series showcasing the men and women determined to rebuild and restore a sacred site by constructing the new, 104-story One World Trade Center. Streamed live to students nationwide at no cost, each event will be followed by live panel discussions with members of the community who will share how they were personally affected by 9/11.

Discovery Education is proud to announce special guests to moderate the panel discussions at two of the events. Paula Zahn, host of Investigation Discovery’s ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN, will attend the NYC iSchool on September 9 and Danny Forster, executive producer of RISING, will attend American History High School in Newark, N.J., on September 13. Other locations and dates include: Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., on September 12 and Shanksville-Stonycreek High School in Shanksville, Pa., on September 7.

In addition to the events, Discovery Education is providing educators free online resources related to 9/11 available at www.discoveryeducation.com/911. Discovery Education streaming subscribers will have the exclusive opportunity to view episodes of RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZERO along with K-12 curricular content, discussion guides and lesson plans.

Discovery Education is the leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content, professional development and assessment resources whose services are scientifically shown to improve student academic achievement. For more information about Discovery Education, 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.

About the Tribute WTC Visitor Center
The Tribute WTC Visitor Center is located at 120 Liberty Street along the south side of the World Trade Center site. The center was created by the September 11th Families’ Association to share the personal stories of victims, survivors, rescue and recovery workers, volunteers, and residents of Lower Manhattan. By engaging visitors in the authentic experiences of those most affected by the events of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001, the center’s five galleries and its walking tour program convey the efforts of those who responded to the tragedy and the steps taken towards working for a more peaceful world by many of those impacted by the events.
To learn more www.tributewtc.org

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF INSPIRING CURIOSITY WITH NEW BACK-TO-SCHOOL CONTENT & ENHANCEMENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
240-662-6502
christina_scripps@discovery.com

— Three-Week Webinar Schedule Helps Educators Make the Most Out of Their Digital Curriculum —

Silver Spring, Md. (August 24, 2011) – Discovery Education announced today innovative back-to-school upgrades and enhancements to their digital learning services for teachers and students. Designed to improve classroom engagement, Discovery Education has upgraded its Discovery Education streaming service with a variety of new resources, more efficient navigation and a free, three-week series of webinars to help educators explore how to incorporate the compelling digital resources students hunger for into their instruction.

For the past 10 years, Discovery Education has helped educators make the conversion to digital to accelerate student achievement. As part of the celebration of this milestone, and in support of the critical back-to-school season, Discovery Education has added new, exclusive content to Discovery Education streaming Plus, including thought-provoking, standards-aligned clips from Discovery Channel’s groundbreaking series HUMAN PLANET, CURIOSITY and RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZERO. New digital resources from top educational producers have also been added to Discovery Education’s extensive library of content, including:

  • American History content from Ambrose Video explores the achievements of various ethnic groups and their defining role in the growth of our country
  • French and Spanish language learning songs from Sara Jordan Publishing are now available to Discovery Education streaming Plus subscribers
  • A timely collection of health-related programs that focus on character development, nutrition and life skills from LearningZone Xpress are now available in Discovery Education Health
  • In addition to an expanded array of specialty content, new product enhancements to student, teacher and administrator tools have been made to improve the usefulness and efficiency of Discovery Education’s services. An improved Student Center allows students to go beyond the walls of the classroom and find assignments and assessments easily through an updated login page and new getting started tools. Allowing teachers to spend more time focusing on individual students, the improved Classroom Manager allows easy creation of classrooms within the service and efficient assignment management.

    Discovery Education will provide a three-week webinar series covering the full breadth of this year’s enhancements. The webinars will help educators set up their accounts and explore new ways to deliver resources that motivate students, engage higher order thinking and ultimately achieve learning objectives. Schedules and further webinar details can be found at DiscoveryEducation.com.

    Discovery Education is the leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content, professional development and assessment resources whose services are scientifically shown to improve student academic achievement. For more information about Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800-323-9084.

    For additional information on these updates, please visit https://www.discoveryeducation.com/BTS2011/enhancements.cfm.

    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 INTEL ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO EXPLORE THEIR CURIOSITY THROUGH NEW ONLINE RESOURCES

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
    240-662-6502
    christina_scripps@discovery.com

    Gail Dundas, Intel Corporation
    503- 264-2154
    gail.dundas@intel.com

    — Curiosity in the Classroom Engages Students with Cross-Curricular Lessons —

    — “Catch Me Being Curious” National Sweepstakes Offers One Family the Vacation of a Lifetime —

    Silver Spring, Md. and Santa Clara, Calif. (Aug. 18, 2011) – Discovery Education and Intel Corporation today launched Curiosity in the Classroom, a partnership designed to satisfy students` curiosity and extend learning concepts found in Discovery Channel’s groundbreaking television series CURIOSITY. Examining a variety of topics, CURIOSITY seeks to answer some of life’s greatest questions.

    CuriosityintheClassroom.com, an interactive, science-based educational tool, brings concepts from the CURIOSITY series to life with cutting-edge curriculum examining such topics as artificial intelligence, communications, computers, nanotechnology and robotics. The site provides in-class and at-home resources to encourage insightful conversation between educators, students and families.

    Additional resources provided by Curiosity in the Classroom include free lesson plans and videos aligned to national education standards for students in grades 6-12; inspiring career videos and stimulating quizzes to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math; webinar series exploring some of life’s most captivating questions; and family discussion guides that correspond to the compelling questions examined in the CURIOSITY series.

    “The most pressing issues in society today will be solved by curious youth who think critically and have a strong foundation in math and science,” said Shelly Esque, vice president of Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group. “That is why Intel invests $100 million per year in education programs and has partnered with Discovery Education in this effort to encourage students to explore life’s greatest questions and seek answers.”

    “Discovery Channel was founded on the idea that television can do more than entertain, it can educate, inspire and help people satisfy their natural curiosity,” said John Hendricks, founder and chairman, Discovery Communications. “Through the Curiosity initiative we hope to spark that sense of wonder in classrooms across the country, to engage students` desire to answer life’s greatest questions, to raise our collective IQ and to explore our world.”

    The partnership also features “Catch Me Being Curious,” a national sweepstakes awarding one family a dream vacation of exploration and discovery. One grand prize winner will receive a family vacation to experience Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., or sightsee in Washington, D.C., the Grand Canyon National Park or Yellowstone National Park. Twenty second place winners will receive a Discovery Education prize pack. To enter the sweepstakes, visit CuriosityintheClassroom.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 Intel
    Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

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    SIEMENS FOUNDATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION PROVIDED 70 EDUCATORS EXCLUSIVE STEM-FOCUSED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THIS SUMMER

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

    — Selected educators worked with nation`s top scientists, government officials and esteemed educational thought leaders in summer learning programs —

    ISELIN, N.J., August 8, 2011– The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, along with their partners, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board, announced the successful completion of their second annual Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) program and Siemens STEM Institute. Designed to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S., these programs are part of the Siemens STEM Academy, a national professional development program.

    Currently in its second year, the Siemens STEM Academy connects educators with the tools and best practices they need to inspire today’s students to pursue STEM education. Initially launched in response to President Obama’s call to action to improve science literacy among American students, the Siemens STEM Academy engages educators from across the country through hands-on, multimedia professional development opportunities, providing them real-world applications of STEM to share with their students.

    Siemens STARs Program
    Last month, 20 middle and high school STEM educators were chosen from over 200 applicants across the country to participate in the exclusive STARs program. The chosen Fellows spent two weeks at the U.S Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tenn., collaborating with some of the nation’s leading scientists to conduct individually-designed research projects on topics such as nanofabrication and materials chemistry. In addition to the hands-on learning experience, each teacher received a $500 mini-grant to purchase equipment and supplies for his or her classroom.

    Siemens STEM Institute
    The Siemens STEM Institute, a week-long professional development experience hosted at Discovery Education’s global headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., took place from July 31st to August 5th. During this time, 50 select teachers met and worked with expert scientists and esteemed educational thought leaders, such as Dr. Carl Wiemen, Associate Director for Science, White House Office of Science & Technology, to discuss opportunities for teachers on the ‘frontline’ to make a positive impact on STEM education in the U.S. Institute Fellows engaged in discussions and workshops around key topics, including using technology and social media in the classroom to engaging 21st century students and improving their STEM achievement level.

    To prolong their professional development after the conclusion of the Institute, participating teachers formed small groups and will continue researching a STEM issue of their choice throughout the year such as wind turbine technology and antibacterial properties of local plants. The results of the groups’ research will be presented at the end of the 2011-2012 school year during a webinar broadcast live on the Siemens STEM Academy website. Their work will also be made available in the resources section of the Siemens STEM Academy website for other teachers to access and leverage in their classroom.

    “Our goal with the STARs and the Siemens STEM Institute programs is to provide experiences that leave our country’s top science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators better prepared to motivate their students,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. “With these impactful summer programs, we empower and energize these already talented teachers with new skills, contacts and resources to influence and inspire our country’s next generation of scientists.”

    In addition to the professional development programs, the Siemens STEM Academy also offers a national portal and online community designed to foster STEM achievement by providing educators with a dedicated resource to collaborate, exchange and connect about all things related to STEM education.

    Later this fall, teachers throughout the U.S. can apply for the 2012 STARs program or the 2012 STEM Institute by visiting www.siemensstemacademy.com.

    About the Siemens STEM Academy
    The Siemens STEM Academy (www.siemensstemacademy.com) is a collaborative effort of the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board to empower and celebrate excellence in science, technology, engineering and math education. As the premier online professional development community for STEM educators, over 125,000 teachers from across the United States exchange and download resources, participate in and view webinars, obtain up-to-date STEM news and network with their peers. Additionally, each year the STEM Academy selects top educators from around the country to participate in the Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) program, a two-week professional development program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Siemens STEM Institute, a one-week professional development initiative at Discovery Communications headquarters in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.siemensstemacademy.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 (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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