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SIEMENS FOUNDATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION ANNOUNCE SIEMENS SCIENCE DAY NOW EXPANDED FOR ALL ELEMENTARY GRADE BANDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Alana Carchedi for Discovery Communications
240-662-2572
alana_carchedi@discovery.com

Christina Scripps, Discovery Education

— Educators Can Now Enter the “Ultimate Cool School Assembly” Sweepstakes for A Chance to Win a Fun, Interactive Science Assembly for their School —

ISELIN, N.J., September 28, 2011— The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education today announced the expansion of Siemens Science Day to all elementary students and teachers. Siemens Science Day is designed to help educators reinvent science class through exciting digital content, provided by Discovery Education, and the chance to win an “Ultimate Cool School Assembly.” The new standards-aligned science resources, hands-on activities and videos will now be available for K-6 classrooms.

In 2008, Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education first launched www.siemensscienceday.com, a website emphasizing the importance of math and science through free, fun and engaging hands-on science activities, bringing the wonder of science to life to grades 4-6 teachers. Now in its fourth year, Siemens Science Day has expanded its reach to K-6 classrooms, offering a variety of resources for students and teachers, including:

  • Standards aligned hands-on activities and videos for K-3 and 4-6 teachers, such as simulating earthquakes and monitoring food decomposition
  • Monthly activity themes highlighting related activities and resources
  • Teacher Support Center including 5-minute prep videos, live demonstrations of activities and downloadable one-sheets like best practice and how-to guides
  • “Ultimate Cool School Assembly” sweepstakes for both grades K-3 and 4-6
  • Entries are now being accepted for the “Ultimate Cool School Assembly” sweepstakes. Teachers can log on to the Siemens Science Day website to enter for a chance to win a fun, interactive science assembly for their school, underscoring the importance of science literacy. The assembly will feature interactive demonstrations and mind-blowing experiments with a leading science guru and personality. Teachers will discover “cool” new hands-on activities and stimulating resources that will excite students in a special professional development workshop.

    The mission of Siemens Science Day is to promote science and math literacy throughout the country by providing classroom materials that will help children develop the knowledge, skills and self-confidence needed to succeed in school and in the workforce. The program emphasizes the importance of math and science through fun and engaging hands-on science activities. For more information, visit www.siemensscienceday.com.

    About Siemens Science Day
    Entering its fourth year in 2011, Siemens Science Day offers teachers lesson plans and hands-on activities to help reinvent science class. Each lesson plan is partnered with an exciting video from Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital educational services to schools nationwide. In addition to the digital content, teachers had the opportunity to win an “Ultimate Cool School Assembly.” These assemblies are not only fun and interactive, but also underscore the importance of science literacy and the need for science resources among schools. For more information visit the Siemens Science Day website: http://siemensscienceday.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 (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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    Put Down Your Pencils – The 21st-Century Classroom Arrives for Three Lucky Schools

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Kelly Caraher, CDW-G Public Relations
    (847) 968-0729
    kellyc@cdw.com

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

    – Ninth Annual Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes from CDW-G and Discovery Education Receives More Than 600,000 Entries and Awards $200,000 in Prizes –

    VERNON HILLS, Ill., and SILVER SPRING, Md. – September 12, 2011 – Going back to school will be a little more high tech for three schools selected as the grand prize winners in the 2011 Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes. Sponsored by CDW Government LLC (CDW-G), a leading provider of technology solutions to government, education and healthcare customers, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content services to U.S. classrooms, the 2011 sweepstakes awarded nearly $200,000 in customized classroom technologies to 43 schools nationwide.

    Piner Elementary School (Morning View, Ky.), Spaulding School (Gurnee, Ill.) and St. Veronica Catholic School (Chantilly, Va.) each won one of three state-of-the-art 21st-century classrooms, which include notebook computers or tablet PCs, an interactive whiteboard, a student response system, a projector, a document camera and more. CDW-G and Discovery Education announced the grand prize winners live at 11 a.m. ET today on the Win a Wireless Lab Facebook and Twitter pages (@WinWirelessLab).

    “During the last nine years, the Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes has put technology into the hands of students and teachers at hundreds of schools around the country,” said Julie Smith, vice president for K-12 education, CDW-G. “CDW-G and Discovery Education are providing schools with classroom technologies that help teachers improve learning and the adoption of 21st-century skills.”

    CDW-G and Discovery Education received more than 600,000 entries from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Of those, nearly 7,000 unique entries came via Twitter – the second year that entry method was available.

    “Discovery Education is delighted to continue its partnership with CDW-G by providing schools and teachers the tools and resources they need to successfully transition their classroom and instruction into the 21st-century,” said Mary Rollins, vice president, Discovery Education. “These tools will help create environments that move classroom instruction beyond the limitations of a static textbook and into a digital world that promotes collaboration, creativity and participatory learning.”

    The winning schools anticipate benefits for both students and teachers:

  • “The mobile classroom is something that our school has wanted and needed, but we were unable to afford it on our own,” said Christi Jefferds, principal at Piner Elementary School. “The wireless lab will help our students use the curriculum in ways that are meaningful and natural to them and help us develop our students into global learners.”
  • “Technology use in support of student achievement is a critical component of our district’s strategic plan,” said Phil Hintz, director of technology for the Spaulding School. “The new lab will not only help us achieve our strategic planning goals, but it will also put more accessible technology in the hands of our students.”
  • “The addition of the mobile lab gives our teachers the opportunity to integrate online learning into their curriculum, beyond students’ weekly designated lab time,” said Mary Baldwin, principal at St. Veronica Catholic School. “The new wireless lab is also a boost to our science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiatives in the coming year, and we expect science and mathematics teachers to take full advantage of the lab.”
  • Each grand prize winner will receive a 21st-century classroom valued at approximately $43,000, including:

  • $5,000 Discovery Education digital media grant
  • Customized package of at least 20 notebook computers or tablet PCs from HP, Lenovo or Toshiba
  • 3 wireless access points from Cisco, D-Link or HP
  • 1 mobile cart from Bretford
  • 1 interactive whiteboard from PolyVision
  • 20 student response devices from Qwizdom
  • 1 video projector from Epson
  • 1 document camera from AVerMedia
  • 1 laser jet or ink jet printer from Epson, HP or Xerox
  • 1 digital camcorder from Sony
  • For a full list of prizes, please visit http://cdwg.discoveryeducation.com/wawl/prizes/. The full list of winners is available at http://cdwg.discoveryeducation.com.

    About CDW-G
    A wholly owned subsidiary of CDW LLC, ranked No. 38 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies, CDW Government LLC (CDW-G) is a leading provider of technology solutions to government, education and healthcare customers. The company features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company’s solutions architects and engineers offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling, networking, software licensing and mobility solutions.

    For more information about CDW-G product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1.800.808.4239, email cdwgsales@cdwg.com or visit the CDW-G Web site at CDWG.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.

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    TEACHERS RANK DISCOVERY EDUCATION RESOURCES AT TOP OF THE CLASS

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

    Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-216-7300, ext. 19
    emily@cblohm.com

    — Discovery Education Science Techbook and Streaming Plus Honored with Teachers’ Choice Awards for the Classroom —

    Silver Spring, Md. (Sept. 8, 2011) – As the nationwide shift from print to digital continues to grow, two instructional technology resources from Discovery Education have been honored by the 18th annual Teachers’ Choice Awards for the Classroom from Learning® magazine. Discovery Education Science Techbook and Discovery Education streaming Plus were both selected by a nationwide panel of teachers as exemplary products in this year’s competition.

    A top pick in the textbook series category, Discovery Education Science Techbook is a core instructional resource for elementary and middle school students. The digital environment offers interactive features and up-to-the-minute resources built from the ground up to address state standards. Along with its ability to address an individual student’s learning modalities, Discovery Education Science Techbook provides real-time assessment that measures student progress.

    Discovery Education streaming Plus, which was named a top website, is a comprehensive digital resource featuring a collection of more than 150,000 of the newest learning objects. All of the content is designed for easy integration into a curriculum and correlated to state standards. Discovery Education streaming Plus is designed to boost student engagement and addresses multiple learning styles with interactive features and a variety of multimedia formats.

    “We’re especially thrilled to receive these awards because they were voted on by educators,” said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president, Discovery Education. “We’re honored to be recognized for our efforts to support schools and districts nationwide as they work toward the adoption of digital content and resources.”

    For nearly 20 years, the Learning magazine Teachers’ Choice Awards have heralded the very best in classroom-tested, teacher-recommended products. Each year the nationwide panel of teacher-judges names the standouts in books, classroom supplies, educational games, software, websites and more – everything educators need for the classroom. Discovery Education is a frequent choice among panelists, earning recognition from the Teachers’ Choice Awards for the Classroom in four of the past five years. For more information about the Learning magazine Teachers’ Choice Awards for the Classroom, visit www.theeducationcenter.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.

    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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    CALLING STUDENTS WHO WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD: NATION’S PREMIER SUSTAINABILITY COMPETITION STARTS NOW

    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

    — Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Launch Fourth Annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge —

    — High School Students are Now Invited to Tackle Any Environmental Issue of Their Choice —

    ISELIN, N.J., Sept. 6, 2011— Responsibility for tomorrow’s most daunting environmental problems will fall to the youth of today – the very people creating some of the most inspired solutions. Helping generate these solutions is the premier national sustainability challenge for K-12 students, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which today kicks off its 2012 edition. Students team up with classmates under teacher/mentors to solve environmental problems in their school (grades K-5), community (grades 6-8) and world (grades 9-12).

    Now entering its fourth year, the challenge is a collaborative effort of the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and the College Board. Students at all levels use scientific investigation and Web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education to create a replicable green solution.

    “Students have a unique ability to look at entrenched environmental problems with fresh eyes and creative, energized minds,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. “Our goal is to educate, engage and empower them as they analyze these problems, brainstorm solutions, and put their hypotheses to the test. Students have come up with some incredibly impactful ideas over the past three years, many of which have been implemented by schools, communities and organizations. I look forward to seeing what this year’s challenge brings.”

    Nearly 18,000 elementary, middle and high school students competed in last year’s challenge, offering innovations in areas such as food-waste-to-energy, community-scale battery recycling, phantom-power load reduction, systematic behavior change, erosion control, wildlife habitat restoration and sustainable agriculture for arid zones. Last year’s Grand Prize winners came from schools all across the country, including:

  • West Branch High School, West Branch, Iowa, conducted an energy audit of their high school and found many items that could be improved
  • Kohala Middle School, Kapaau, Hawaii, collected over 66,000 batteries in the community for proper disposal
  • Barringer Academic Center, Charlotte, N.C., completed a campaign that reduced paper waste in their school
  • Concord Hill School, Chevy Chase, Md., reduced car idling by parents at their school by 70 percent
  • Now it’s your turn
    To join this educational initiative toward improving the planet’s outlook, teachers and mentors can register for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, add their student teams and begin formulating their projects at www.wecanchange.com . Student and teacher/mentor prizes, which vary according to grade level and value more than $250,000 total, include scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, adventure trips and a chance to present their idea at the United Nations.

    A panel of environmental experts and science educators will judge teams based on their research, analysis and the ability of the solution to be replicated on a larger scale. High school students are specifically challenged to address: energy, biodiversity, land management, water conservation and cleanup, or air and climate.

    The www.wecanchange.com site will help teams get started, offering a robust resource section that includes lesson plans, e-books, virtual labs and more to accompany each stage of the challenge. These materials are created by Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications that provides scientifically proven standards-based digital content and resources to classrooms nationwide.

    The deadline for all entries is March 15, 2012. Finalists will be announced in April 2012 and the national winners will be announced in May 2012. For more information on the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, visit www.wecanchange.com or www.facebook.com/wecanchange.

    About Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge
    The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge (www.wecanchange.com) is the premier national sustainability challenge. It empowers students in grades K-12 to develop and share environmental solutions that can help change the world. The Challenge is a collaborative effort of the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the College Board and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to educate, empower and engage elementary, middle and high school students and teachers to become “Agents of Change” in improving their schools, communities and world. To date, more than 35,000 students have participated, creatively engaging their communities to find solutions to a local environmental issue or global energy challenge. All participants research their issue using scientific investigation and create a replicable green solution using Web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education. For more information, visit www.wecanchange.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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