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SIEMENS FOUNDATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION NAME THE COUNTRY’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST STUDENTS AS WINNERS OF THE 2013 SIEMENS WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD CHALLENGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Lyndsey Grubbs, Discovery Education
240-662-2572
lyndsey_grubbs@discovery.com

— K-12 Students From Across The Country Tackle National Environmental Challenges To Earn More Than $300,000 in Scholarships, Educational Trips, and More —

ISELIN, N.J., April 22, 2013 — The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and the College Board announced today the grand prize winners of the fifth annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, the nation`s premier national environmental sustainability challenge that provides K-12 students the tools and inspiration to improve their schools, their communities and their world through project-based learning.

For the Challenge, elementary, middle and high school students across the country were tasked with identifying an environmental issue in their schools, communities or the world at large and creating a replicable green solution under the guidance of a teacher or mentor using web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education.

The winners were chosen from a select group of nearly 100 finalists and whittled down by a rigorous judging process. A panel of environmental advocates, science teachers and professors selected this year`s winners based on each project`s ability to creatively present a viable solution and engage their communities.

“These students are tackling the important environmental issues that we are all facing and creating viable solutions that can help affect change,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, President of the Siemens Foundation. “The Siemens Foundation and its partners are so proud of the work we`ve seen this year and hope that ultimately these solutions help make the world a better place for this generation of students and the generations that follow.”

In addition to several other prizes, the high school grand prize winning team will receive $50,000 in scholarship money to divide among team members and a chance to present their project at a prestigious venue. Each student on the middle school grand prize winning team will receive a $10,000 savings bond along with a Discovery Student Adventure trip to Costa Rica. Elementary school winners will be invited to a Discovery Education assembly focusing on sustainability, at which time a grant will be given to their schools.

High School Winners

Grand Prize Winners:

The Nanocrystals — “Optimizing Solar Cells for Sustainable Use”
Rockdale Magnet for Science & Technology
Conyers, GA

Second Place Winners:

Ghost Crab Trap–“Ghost Crab Trap”
North Co Senior High School
Glen Burnie, MD

Third Place Winners:

DTEP Design Firm –“The HydroPod Project”
Skyline High School
Ann Arbor, Mich

Middle School Winners

Grand Prize Winners:

Trash Terminators — “Zero Waste: iRecycle and iCompost”
Phillips Middle School
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Second Place Winners:

Project Reservoir — “Project Reservoir – Mosquito Reduction Initiative”
Christa McAuliffe School 28
Jersey City, N.J.

Third Place Winners:

Flying Falcons “Every Drop Counts”
Fort Settlement Middle School
Sugar Land, Texas

Elementary School Winners Grades 3-5

Grand Prize Winners:

Tackling Trash with Tires — “Tackling Trash with Tires”
Kelly Mill Elementary School
Cumming, GA

Second Place Winners:

CRS STLP — “Paper Savers”
Charles Russell Elementary School
Ashland, KY

Third Place Winners:

From Garbage to Garden — “From Garbage to Garden”
Riffenburgh Elementary School
Fort Collins, Colo

Elementary School Winners Grades K-2

Grand Prize Winners:

Riverside Elementary West – Gifted Grades 1 — “Aqua Busters”
Riverside Elementary West School
Taylor, Penn

Second Place Winners:

Green Thumbs — “Operation Green Thumb”
Lincoln Avenue Academy
Lakeland, Fla

Third Place Winners:

The Paper Savers — “The Paper Savers”
Charter Oak International Academy
West Hartford, Conn

For additional details about prizes, visit:

  • High School: http://www.wecanchange.com/high-school/about-challenge/prizes/
  • Middle School: http://www.wecanchange.com/middle-school/about-challenge/prizes/
  • Elementary School: http://www.wecanchange.com/elementary-school/about-challenge/prizes/
  • For more information on the Challenge, the winners and their projects, visit www.wecanchange.com.

    About Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge
    The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge (www.wecanchange.com) is a premier national sustainability challenge that 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 is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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    Discovery Education And Digital Promise Host Summit On The Transition To Digital Classrooms: ‘Future@Now’ Accelerates National Discussion On Digital Learning And The Impact On College And Workforce Readiness

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

    — Congressman George Miller, Senior Democratic Member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Joins Leading Educational Organizations, Superintendents, Business Leaders and Students to Address Digital Education in America —

    — Educators Invited to Experience Digital Textbooks as Part of First Ever National Awareness Campaign —

    Silver Spring, Md. (April 11, 2013) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of K-12 digital textbooks in the U.S., and Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to spur innovation in education, in conjunction with Connect2Compete, ERDI, ISTE, NCERT and other leading national and state-level education organizations, today launched the inaugural Future@Now: Transition to Digital Classrooms conference to discuss one of the most important issues in education today – the state of digital learning and its impact on college and workforce readiness.

    Held today at Discovery Education`s global headquarters and streamed live nationwide, it marked the first such event by the organization and set the stage for an announcement of a new national initiative to provide free trial access to digital textbooks for educators across the country.

    Launching a year after the FCC and DOE`s Digital Textbook Playbook initiative, the goal of the Future@Now: Transition to Digital Classrooms conference is to raise awareness about the benefits of digital learning and celebrate the successes of districts that have already deployed digital textbooks in meaningful ways in their classrooms. The conference also is designed to drive discussion among education thought-leaders, school district leaders and members of the business community on the challenges of transitioning to digital learning, the impact of digital resources on students and educators, and opportunities to advance the adoption of innovative digital tools in order to best prepare today`s students for the careers of tomorrow.

    Author of the “Transforming Education through Technology Act” and the most Senior Democratic Member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee Congressman George Miller (D-CA) joined a number of senior policy-makers, educational thought leaders, superintendents, business and foundation leaders to give exclusive insight into the transition to digital learning environments. “There is a new imperative of digital learning in this country. The classroom has already evolved in such amazing ways and must continue to do so for us to compete on the world stage,” said Congressman Miller. “The digitization of America`s classrooms is one of the most important issues we as a society can tackle today.”

    To support educators in taking the first-step toward transitioning to digital learning environments, ISTE, Connect2Compete, Digital Promise and Discovery Education announced that beginning this month educators across the country will be given trial access to Discovery Education`s Techbook™ series, the award-winning series of digital textbooks featuring K-12 science; physics, chemistry and biology; and middle school social studies. In addition to providing free trial access to its digital textbooks, Discovery Education and ISTE will also provide educators with the opportunity to participate in more than 40 virtual professional development sessions, also at no cost, to support educators in effective classroom implementation of digital tools.

    “Discovery Education`s Techbook™ series is already being used by districts across the country and we`ve seen amazing results in student engagement and achievement,” said Goodwyn. “We want to put a digital textbook into the hands of every educator in the U.S. to enable them to experience the impact digital resources make in classrooms and see firsthand how such tools are transforming teaching and learning.”

    Other leaders on hand for this inaugural event, which was also streamed to more than 1,000 sites nationwide, included Dr. Mark Edwards, AASA Superintendent of the Year, Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools member and Superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District; Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent and recipient of the Broad Prize in Urban Education; Zach Leverenz, CEO, Connect2Compete; Holly Jobe, President, ISTE; Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens Corporation U.S.; Shannon Schuyler, Corporate Responsibility Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers; as well as students who have used the technology in their own classrooms. In addition to Connect2Compete, ERDI, ISTE and NCERT, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Suburban School Superintendents, AEP, TASA, Texas ASCD and Illinois ASCD also partnered to launch the conference.

    The conference also included a unique, live look inside a digital classroom, featuring students and educators from Collier County Public Schools in Naples, Fla.

    Discovery Education`s Techbook™ series is revolutionizing instruction by providing support for multiple learning styles, interactive content that specifically appeals to digital natives and real-time updates that allow educators to incorporate current events and cutting-edge thinking into their curricula. In addition, Discovery Education offers built-in assessments in each digital textbook that measure students` progress and support individualized classroom instruction.

    For more information on the conference, to view its archive online and to learn more about the Techbook™ trial, visit: www.discoveryeducation.com/futurenow[DU1]

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications 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, a dynamic user community, assessment services and professional development 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 Digital Promise
    Digital Promise is an independent, bipartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to spur innovation in education. Through its work with educators, technologists, researchers, and leading thinkers, Digital Promise supports comprehensive research and development to improve all levels of education and provide Americans with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy. One of its flagship initiatives, the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, is a national coalition of public school districts committed to digital innovation that delivers results for students. The League of Innovative Schools is made up of 32 school districts and education groups in 21 states, that collectively serve more than 2.5 million students.

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    TOYOTA AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION ANNOUNCE FINALISTS FOR THE TOYOTA TEEN DRIVER VIDEO CHALLENGE AND INVITE YOU TO CHOOSE THE WINNER ONLINE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Luis Rosero, Toyota
    212-715-7493
    Luis_Rosero@tma.toyota.com

    Lyndsey Grubbs, Discovery Education
    240-662-2572
    Lyndsey_Grubbs@discovery.com

    — Teens Nationwide Compete in Original Video Challenge to Promote Safe Driving to Fellow Teens —

    — Winner To Receive $15,000 Scholarship and Opportunity to Work with Discovery Film Crew To Produce Their Video as a TV-Ready PSA —

    Silver Spring, Md. (April 3, 2013) – Toyota and Discovery Education today announced the top ten finalists for the Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge. Now in its second year, the contest challenges teens across the country to create two-minute videos to inspire their friends to drive more safely and avoid distractions. The contest is part of Toyota Teen Driver, a joint education program by Toyota and Discovery Education, to help teen drivers stay safe. While cars today are safer than ever, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teens in the U.S.[1]

    “At Toyota, we have a longstanding commitment to teen safety so we are very proud to support the Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, Group Vice President, National Philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation. “We were blown away by how creative, thought-provoking and even humorous this year`s submissions were and are inspired that so many teens are taking a leadership role in promoting driving safety to their friends.”

    “Discovery Education is proud to be a part of a program that is finding ways to get teens actively involved in safer driving,” said Mary Rollins, Vice President of Discovery Education. “Each of these ten videos is a representation of the value found in programs that bring students, educators and families together to create a national conversation about a real problem.”

    For the next two weeks, the public can visit toyotateendriver.discoveryeducation.com/vote.cfm to view the finalists and vote for their favorite. The teen who garners the most votes will receive a $15,000 scholarship and will work with a Discovery film crew to re-shoot their video as a professional, TV-ready PSA. The teens who secure the second and third most votes will work with Discovery to re-shoot their videos as well.

    In addition to sponsoring the Video Challenge each year, Toyota Teen Driver provides educators, parents and students with free online resources to help teens to become safer drivers, including curriculum, parent coaching guides, and take-home activities to initiate important conversations about the life-changing choices that teens can make behind the wheel. For more information on Toyota Teen Driver, visit www.toyotateendriver.com.

    The Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge is the latest initiative from Toyota that is designed to help keep teens safe on the road. Toyota Driving Expectations (www.toyotadrivingexpectations.com) provides hands-on, real world defensive driving courses that go far beyond what is taught in standard driver education courses, while The Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center(www.toyota.com/csrc) works with leading North American Universities, hospitals, research institutions and agencies on research designed to better understand teen drivers` risks and behaviors and identify effective recommendations to help keep them safe.

    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 nearly $700 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 partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations around the world to transform teaching and learning with innovative content and services that support educators and accelerate academic achievement. With a presence in over half of all US schools and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education fuels educational transformation with award-winning multimedia content including digital textbooks, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. 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 content for K-12 and community college instruction. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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