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DISCOVERY EDUCATION AND 3M ANNOUNCE NATIONAL FINALISTS IN YOUNG SCIENTIST CHALLENGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Trisha Seminara, Hunter Public Relations for 3M
212-679-6600
tseminara@hunterpr.com

Alana Carchedi, Discovery Education
240-662-2572
alana_carchedi@discovery.com

– Ten Students Will Participate in a Summer Mentorship Program with 3M Scientists and Compete for $25,000 and Title of “America’s Top Young Scientist”–

(Silver Spring, Md. & St. Paul, Minn.)Discovery Education and 3M announced today the top 10 finalists in the 14th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com), the nation’s premier science competition for students in grades 5-8. Students nationwide were asked to create a short video describing a new innovative solution that would impact an everyday problem, and these budding young scientists rose to the top of their peers due to the scientific ingenuity and inventive thinking demonstrated in their entry videos.

Each finalist will have an exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M Scientist during a summer mentorship program where the finalist will be challenged to create an innovation that solves a problem he/she has identified in everyday life. Mentors will provide guidance as the finalist develops their ideas from a concept into an actual prototype, which they will present at the competition’s final event at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. Throughout the program, each student will have access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education.

Each finalist will receive $1,000 and be awarded a trip to 3M Headquarters to participate in the final event on Oct. 15-16. During the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge final event, students will demonstrate their scientific acumen, creativity and communication skills in a series of three different challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel of judges. The winner will receive $25,000, a trip from Discovery Student Adventures and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the following 10 finalists (in alphabetical order)*:

  • Aidan Dwyer, Northport, N.Y., Northport Middle School
  • Naren Gaurev, Beaverton, Ore., Meadow Park Summa Middle School
  • Brandon Gong, Garden City, N.Y., Garden City Middle School
  • Carolyn Jons, Eden Prairie, Minn., Central Middle School
  • Deepika Kurup, Nashua, N.H., Fairgrounds Middle School
  • Chase Lewis, Chapel Hill, N.C., Homeschool
  • Gabriel Mesa, Canton, Conn., Canton Intermediate School
  • Anin Sayana, Cupertino, Calif., Challenger School
  • Patrick Shea, Jacksonville, Ill., Our Saviour School
  • Anishaa Sivakumar, Murrysville, Pa., Franklin Regional Middle School
  • •Schools listed are from time of competition entry (January – April 2012).

    Ian Hardgrove, President, 3M Foundation, added, “Commitment to foster interest and development in the innovators of our future is something we take very seriously at 3M, and our partnership with Discovery Education helps demonstrate just how exciting the journey of learning can be for students. It will be a sincere honor to host these bright young minds at the 3M Innovation Center in October.”

    “This year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists embody the innovative spirit that will drive them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and thrive in a competitive global workforce,” said Bill Goodwyn, CEO, Discovery Education. “This unique challenge allows our country’s next generation of leaders to interact and build relationships with real-world scientists to truly inspire curiosity and see STEM as a potential career path.”

    The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. In January, students nationwide were asked to create a short video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem related to the way we move, keep ourselves healthy or make a difference. In addition to the 10 finalists, 42 students were selected as state merit winners in this year’s competition and will each receive a 3M Innovation Prize Package.

    For more information on the challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists and a list of the state merit winners, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world. 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 $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 84,000 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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    The Adobe Foundation and Discovery Education Partner to Empower Educators in Helping Students Gain Critical Technology Skills

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Colleen Rodriguez, Adobe Youth Voices
    408-536-6803
    corodrig@adobe.com

    Alana Carchedi, Discovery Education
    240-662-2572
    alana_carchedi@discovery.com

    – Adobe Youth Voices Essentials Curriculum Now Available to Educators through the Discovery Educator Network –

    San Diego, Calif. – June 23, 2012 – The Adobe Foundation and Discovery Education today announced a partnership to provide curriculum and resources to help educators weave digital media-making into their teaching practice and actively engage students in gaining critical technology skills. Launched at Discovery Education’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference kick-off event, the Adobe Youth Voices Essentials curriculum will be shared with educators by leveraging Discovery Education’s Discovery Educator Network (DEN), a global community of educators who are passionate about teaching with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating and networking.

    Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) is the Adobe Foundation’s global philanthropic initiative aimed at providing young people with critical technology skills to better communicate their ideas, demonstrate their potential and take action in their communities.

    The updated Adobe Youth Voices Essentials curriculum provides educators with access to a collection of resources, professional development experiences, classroom materials and a community of peer educators who have digital media-making experiences via the AYV program. Essentials’ curriculum activities, video tutorials and webinars cover a variety of multi-media platforms, including digital photography, print, Web design, video and animation, plus guidance on how to exhibit student media projects.

    “Discovery Education is pleased to partner with the Adobe Foundation to share this unique and innovative program with our network of educators nationwide,” said Mary Rollins, vice president, Discovery Education. “We believe that through this powerful curriculum, allowing students to impact and affect change in society through transforming media, we can give educators the confidence to help students explore their curiosity and learn important skills that transcend traditional learning experiences.”

    “Discovery Education is a leader in family and educational media and we share their commitment to empower educators to use digital media and technology to inspire their students through breakthrough learning experiences,” said Michelle Yates, director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Adobe and executive director of the Adobe Foundation. “Launching the new version of Adobe Youth Voices Essentials at ISTE among an audience of educational professionals and having Discovery Education leaders be the first to preview it is an honor.”

    Also at ISTE, Adobe Youth Voices will host four workshops three times daily: Adobe Youth Voices Essentials in Action; Graphic Design for Positive Change; Documentary Storytelling in the Classroom; and Social Media and Exhibiting Student Work. Adobe Youth Voices youth media will also be featured in the Corporate Spotlight session on June 26. Additionally, on Monday, June 25, Adobe Youth Voices will be participating in a panel series on Aligned Resources that strengthen Digital Age Learning, focusing on the topic of school improvement and educational visions.

    About Adobe Youth Voices
    Adobe Youth Voices is the Adobe Foundation’s global philanthropic initiative that empowers youth from underserved communities with digital media skills so they can comment on their world, share their ideas and take action on issues that are important to them. By harnessing the energy and insight of youth 13–19 years old, Adobe Youth Voices aims to inspire a dialogue for change in their communities.

    The program engages youth to express themselves through documentary videos, photography, print media, radio diaries, animation, Web communications and other media. The Adobe Youth Voices global network now includes more than 800 sites, grantees and organizations in 52 countries. For more information, visit www.youthvoices.adobe.com.

    About the Adobe Foundation
    The Adobe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created and funded by Adobe Systems Incorporated to leverage human, technological and financial resources to drive social change and community improvements.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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