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TOYOTA AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION CHALLENGE TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO HELP TEENS STAY SAFE BEHIND THE WHEEL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Luis Rosero for Toyota
202-607-9027
Luis_Rosero@tma.toyota.com

– Toyota Teen Driver Challenges Offer More Than $100,000 in Prizes for Schools, Educators and Students –

Silver Spring, Md. (October 17, 2012) – Toyota and Discovery Education today announced that the Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge and Toyota Teen Driver Educators` Challenge are now open for entries. These challenges invite teens and their teachers to share their most creative ideas to help promote teen safe driving habits. Entries for both programs are due by Feb. 14, 2013.

Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death for teens. In fact, current research shows that 35% of all teen deaths are a result of car crashes — more than cancer, suicide, heart disease and homicide combined. To address this challenge, Toyota and Discovery Education teamed up in 2010 to create Toyota Teen Driver, a comprehensive program and online destination providing safe-driving tools and resources to educators, students and parents.

Safe Driving Programs for Both Teens and Teachers

The Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge encourages students to create and develop an original video describing what they can do in their communities to help make their peers and themselves safer drivers. The top ten videos will be chosen by a panel of experts for their originality and compelling content, followed by a public voting period on ToyotaTeenDriver.com to select the winner. The first, second and third place winners will receive $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500 cash prizes, respectively. In addition, Discovery Channel film crews will visit the top three students` hometowns to hear their stories and capture their visions for safer driving for pieces that will air on ToyotaTeenDriver.com and additional Discovery online properties. The seven runners-up will each receive $1,000. The Video Challenge is open to students in grades 9-12.

Recognizing that educators also play a key role in ensuring teens stay safe on the road, Toyota and Discovery Education have also opened applications for the 2013 Toyota Teen Driver Educators` Challenge. For this Challenge, educators are asked to create innovative action plans for keeping students safe on the roads. The grand prize winner will receive a 4 day trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a safe-driving conference and a $10,000 cash prize. In addition, that teacher`s school will be awarded a Virtual Driver Interactive simulator and a safe-driving assembly, led by Toyota Teen Driver experts. The second place winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a driving simulator and safe-driving assembly for their school.

“At Toyota, we are deeply committed to the notion that everyone deserves to be safe,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, Toyota`s group vice president of National Philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation. “We are glad to be working with Discovery Education to bring critical safety information to schools and students across the country. This is an important commitment for Toyota and a vital part of our efforts to help ensure that drivers and passengers are safe at every phase of life.”

In addition to Toyota Teen Driver, Toyota`s work to help keep teens safe on the road includes: Toyota Driving Expectations, a free program for teens and their parents which provides hands-on, real world defensive driving experiences; groundbreaking safety research partnerships with major North American research universities through the company`s $50 million Collaborative Safety Research Center; and national teen safe driving partnerships with DoSomething.org and the National Safety Council. Toyota also has a national program in place to help ensure safety for child passengers (Buckle Up for Life) as well as a major partnership with AARP to address driver safety for seniors. For more information on some of these programs, please visit http://www.toyotainaction.com/safety.

“Discovery Education is thrilled to continue our partnership with Toyota to provide teachers, students and their families with creative and engaging resources to keep teens safe behind the wheel,” said Mary Rollins, Discovery Education vice president. “The Educators` Challenge and Video Challenge, as well as the resources available on ToyotaTeenDriver.com, provide a unique opportunity for teachers and students to connect on and explore issues that transcend into their everyday lives.”

For more information about Toyota Teen Driver and the challenges, visit http://toyotateendriver.com.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $600 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.

For more information on Toyota`s commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/philanthropy.

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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DISCOVERY EDUCATION AND 3M ANNOUNCE 2012 SCIENCE COMPETITION WINNER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

– Deepika Kurup Awarded $25,000 and Named America`s Top Young Scientist for Her Innovative New Water-Purification System –

– Panel of Judges Included Danny Forster of SCIENCE`s Build it Bigger –

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 17, 2012 — Discovery Education and 3M have named 14-year-old Deepika Kurup from Nashua, N.H., winner of the 2012 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her innovative, cost effective and sustainable water-purification system. Her prototype, which harnesses solar energy to disinfect contaminated water, can help improve the lives of the 1.1 billion people around the world who lack access to clean drinking water[i]. Kurup, a ninth grader at Nashua High School, competed alongside nine other finalists yesterday during a live competition at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. She was awarded the title of “America`s Top Young Scientist,” $25,000 and a trip from Discovery Student Adventures.

During the past three months, Kurup and the other finalists had the exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M Scientist as they created their personal innovations as part of a summer mentorship program. The 3M Scientists provided guidance to the finalists as they developed their ideas from a theoretical concept into an actual prototype that would help solve a problem in everyday life.

At the final competition, the finalists shared their completed innovations with a panel of judges, including Danny Forster of SCIENCE`s Build it Bigger. In addition to presenting their prototypes, the ten finalists competed in two additional challenges in which they were asked to: 1) combine multiple 3M technologies to yield new solutions; and 2) build a machine designed to turn on a light bulb using science and engineering principles. Finalists were evaluated on their scientific knowledge, creativity and use of 3M technology.

“The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is a perfect example of the importance for companies to join forces to ignite students` natural curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and encourage them to pursue STEM careers in the future,” said Bill Goodwyn , CEO, Discovery Education. “Kurup and the rest of this year`s finalists have shown incredibly innovative thinking, and I am certain that they will be prepared to compete in today`s global economy and create a bright future for our country.”

“The opportunity to encourage and celebrate science achievement among our nation`s top students carries great meaning for the future of our society, and we`re proud to have hosted these young scientists at the 3M Innovation Center today,” added Ian Hardgrove , President, 3M Foundation. “Innovation is a way of life at 3M and we never stop inventing. We look to the talented minds of the next generation like those students represented in this competition to lead us to new frontiers of discovery in the years to come. We at 3M congratulate them all.”

The remaining nine finalists also received a variety of prizes from Discovery Education and 3M. The second, third and fourth place winners each received a $1,000 cash prize and a trip from Discovery Student Adventures to Costa Rica. These extraordinary students are:

  • Carolyn Jons , from Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, Minn., received second place for her innovative packaging method that inhibits mold growth and helps keep food fresh longer.
  • Anin Sayana from Bellarmine College Preparatory in Cupertino, Calif., received third place for his innovation that selectively targets chemotherapy-resistant cancer stem cells.
  • Anishaa Sivakumar from Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., received fourth place for her innovation that would help treat patients suffering from macular degeneration.
  • The fifth through tenth place winners each received 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. These finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Aidan Dwyer , from Northport High School in Northport, N.Y.
  • Naren Gaurav , from Meadow Park Summa Middle School in Beaverton, Ore.
  • Brandon Gong , from Garden City Middle School in Garden City, N.Y.
  • Chase Lewis , homeschooled in Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Gabriel Mesa , from Canton Intermediate School in Canton, Conn.
  • Patrick Shea , from Routt Catholic High School in Jacksonville, Ill.
  • For more information on the 2012 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and to learn more about this year`s finalists, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

    About the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
    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 go to www.youngscientistchallenge.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.

    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.

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

    [i] “Health through safe drinking water and basic sanitation” World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/mdg1/en/index.html

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    SIEMENS FOUNDATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION SEEK K-12 STUDENTS TO BECOME AGENTS OF CHANGE IN FIFTH ANNUAL NATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Kiesha Boykins, Siemens Foundation
    732-321-3150
    kiesha.boykins@siemens.com

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

    – In Collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association and the College Board, the “Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge” Opens Call for Entries –

    – More than $300,000 in Prizes, Including Scholarships, Savings Bonds, School Grants, Adventure Trips and More –

    ISELIN, N.J., October 1, 2012 – As global environmental challenges increase, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education are looking to our country`s future leaders for innovative solutions. Since 2008, through the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, K-12 students have been asked to identify environmental problems or issues in their schools, communities and across the globe and devise plans to solve them.

    The Challenge, which kicks off today with a call for entries, pairs student teams with advisors, asks them to tackle local (K-5), regional (6-8) and global (9-12) environmental problems or issues and find replicable green solutions. A panel of environmental experts and science educators judge teams based on their research, analysis and the ability of the solution to be replicated on a larger scale.

    The project is a collaboration of the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the College Board. Participating students can find help in turning their ideas into a reality through the aid of a variety of Web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education.

    “Every year, the students who participate in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge bring change and inspiration to their schools and communities,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. “Young people have incredible ideas and unique perspectives on our world. Through the Challenge, students not only explore the issues that affect our world, but are given a platform to create solutions to tackle these issues. The Challenge is a tremendous opportunity that empowers kids and teens to think about and approach local and global environmental issues.”

    Now it`s your turn
    To join this educational initiative, team advisors (who must be full-time or part-time school employees) 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 school prizes, which vary according to grade level and are valued at more than $300,000 total, include scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, adventure trips, school assemblies and more.

    The www.wecanchange.com site helps teams get started with a robust free resource section that includes lesson plans, e-books, virtual labs and more to accompany each stage of the Challenge. These materials have been 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 5, 2013. Finalists and winners will then be announced in April 2013. 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 62,000 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 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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