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SOUTH CAROLINA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES DISCOVERY EDUCATION SCIENCE TECHBOOK FOR STATEWIDE USE IN GRADES K-8 AND HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY CLASSROOMS

Shawnee Cohn, Discovery Education
240-662-2661
shawnee_cohn@discovery.com

– South Carolina Educators Empowered to Create Engaging, Technology-Rich Learning Environments by Adoption of Award-Winning Digital Science Textbook –

SILVER SPRING, Md. (December 10, 2015) – Following a comprehensive evaluation, the South Carolina State Board of Education has approved the Discovery Education Science Techbook™ for statewide use as a core instructional resource through its state adoption process. An award-winning digital textbook series, Discovery Education’s Techbooks are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and include professional development.

The South Carolina State Board of Education adopted all elementary and middle school Discovery Education Science Techbook courses, as well as the Biology course for high school. School districts across South Carolina can now use State Board of Education approved instructional materials funding to purchase and implement the award-winning Discovery Education Science Techbook, an interactive digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks. The digital textbook is fully aligned to the South Carolina Academic Standards and Performance Indicators for Science.

“Discovery Education’s Science Techbook has the power to advance achievement when used by talented educators who are deeply committed to student success and passionate about transforming the learning experience with digital media,” said Dr. Harriet Jaworowski, Associate Superintendent for Instruction and Accountability, Rock Hill Schools, South Carolina. “Our partnership with Discovery Education has empowered our teachers with high-quality resources and professional development to create the dynamic digital learning environments our students demand and deserve.”

A complete digital solution built from the ground-up, Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series helps educators transform science instruction. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (5E) model, each Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include bilingual text-to-speech and leveled reading tools, and note-taking and highlighting capabilities. Embedded formative assessment opportunities help educators monitor student progress, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbook works on any device and can be implemented in a variety of instructional settings. 

A study conducted by independent research firm Merola Research, LLC found that usage of Science Techbook is associated with higher science achievement scores in South Carolina elementary school students. After one year of implementation in the state’s Rock Hill Schools, fourth grade students whose teachers used Discovery Education Science Techbook scored higher on average on the 2013 Science Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) than students whose teachers did not use Science Techbook. Techbooks are also a substantially less expensive option per student at nearly half the cost of a traditional textbook, with additional savings derived from a lack of textbook replacement or inventory costs.

Discovery Education understands that teacher engagement is critical to implementing successful learning initiatives.  Therefore, all Techbooks include research-based professional development that supports educators as they integrate new digital content and resources into classroom instruction. The Discovery Educator Network (DEN), a global community of education professionals, further connects teachers and administrators around the world with social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events that inspire innovation and facilitates idea sharing.

“By adopting Science Techbook as a core instructional resource, the South Carolina State Board of Education is helping bring the world of science to life for every type of learner in the state,” said Rob Warren, Director of Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “South Carolina’s educators are working tirelessly to create dynamic learning environments that support academic achievement and we look forward to supporting their efforts with effective, research-based professional development and engaging digital resources like the Science Techbook.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s Techbook series or other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

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, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase 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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FLORIDA AND NEW YORK STUDENTS CAPTURE $100,000 SCHOLARSHIP PRIZES  IN 2015 SIEMENS COMPETITION IN MATH, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Elizabeth Hillman, Discovery Education

(240) 662-2664, Elizabeth_hillman@discovery.com

Maria Elena Grimmett of Jupiter, Fla. Wins $100,000 Individual Prize; Kimberly Te and Christine Yoo, both of Manhasset, N.Y., Win $100,000 Team Prize

WASHINGTON, DC, — Three students, one from Jupiter, Fla. and a team from Manhasset, N.Y.,  were awarded grand prizes of $100,000 scholarships for their significant research in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students. The winners were selected from nearly 1,800 student project submissions.

Maria Elena Grimmett, a senior at Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla., won the $100,000 Grand Prize in the Individual category for her work to identify a potential new water purification method.

Kimberly Te and Christine Yoo, both seniors at Manhasset High School in Manhasset, N.Y., will share the $100,000 Grand Prize in the Team category for their project on a more natural and cost-effective way to clean oil spills.

The 16th annual awards were presented at The George Washington University, host of the 2015 Siemens Competition National Finals.

Video, photos and bios at http://siemensusa.synapticdigital.com/US/Siemens-Foundation.

“Congratulations to Maria Elena, Kimberly and Christine, this year’s Siemens Competition winners.  These three young women have demonstrated an incredible commitment to the advancement of science, math and technology as well as a resolve to tackle some of our world’s most challenging environmental issues,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “The way these students approached their problems showed a real joy in discovery, even with limited resources, that resulted in solutions that may dramatically change our future. We look forward to seeing how their accomplishments will drive a stronger, cleaner world for all of us.”

This year’s panel of judges was comprised of nationally renowned scientists and mathematicians headed by lead judge Dr. Yongwu Rong, Mathematics Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Strategic Initiatives of Columbian Colleges of Arts & Sciences at The George Washington University.

The Winning Individual

Maria Elena Grimmett, recipient of a $100,000 college scholarship, impressed judges with her project titled Adsorption of Sulfamethazine from Environmentally Relevant Aqueous Matrices onto Hypercrosslinked Adsorbent MN250.

Maria Elena found a new method to remove sulfamethazine, a commonly used veterinary antibiotic which is a common contaminate damaging both soil and the aquatic ecosystem.  Maria Elena’s method utilized small plastic beads, which can be reused, applied at scale, and implemented using delivery systems already in place for treating drinking water.

Maria Elena first became interested in her topic because she wanted to know why her well water was brown. She has spent years researching this issue, looking at the removal of fulvic and humic acids (color) from water before her current research on sulfamethazine.

“Throughout her research and discoveries, Maria Elena demonstrated the unabashed curiosity and resolve that inspires other scientists to question the world around them and strive to make it better,” said competition judge Dr. Randy Wayne, Associate Professor, Section of Plant Biology at Cornell University. “Her journey of discovery showed perseverance and exhibited a unique and organic approach, not only in the subject matter she undertook but in her methodology and resource use.  She never stopped asking questions, and never stopped trying to find the answers.”

Maria Elena anticipates majoring in engineering in college, and her favorite high school course is computer science. She is a member of her school’s weekly Computer Science Club and believes computer modeling and programming skills will prove useful in any scientific or engineering discipline.

Outside of the classroom, Maria Elena is a mural artist and Art Club teacher’s assistant at the Weiss Elementary School. In this capacity, she paints murals in the school hallways and helps students with art projects. She also plays clarinet and is a member of her school’s Fencing Club. In January 2013, she became the youngest author to publish original research in the 43-year history of the Journal of Environmental Quality.

Maria Elena’s mentor is Dr. Hui Li, associate professor of Environmental and Soil Chemistry at Michigan State University.

The Winning Team

Kimberly Te and Christine Yoo will share a $100,000 college scholarship for their project entitled Natural, Cost-Effective Anodes for Optimized Sediment Microbial Fuel Cells: Engineering a Novel Approach to Harvesting Energy and Cleaning Up Oil Spill Regions.

The team engineered a device made of natural, sustainable materials that cleans up oil-polluted areas, and uses the otherwise unusable oil to generate clean energy to be used to power remote sensors. Kimberly and Christine had previously studied the biological effects of pollution on organisms and wanted to focus their research on cleaning up pollutants, specifically oil. They devised an efficient and cost effective device that could degrade hydrocarbons, while also producing electricity – using a loofah sponge.

“Kimberly and Christine’s research project is emblematic of the true spirt and joy of science that, as educators, we admire and applaud,” said competition judge Dr. John Regan, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor at The Pennsylvania State University. “They tackled a challenging subject by taking a common material that many of us see and use at home every day and incorporated a fresh, innovative approach to its functionality. The result was an unexpected application – for use in environmental cleanup – that not only is more cost-effective than what is currently being used today but also allows a higher power density. The level of independent work and creativity required to initiate this type of project is distinctive and impressive.”

Kimberly Te, a senior at Manhasset Senior High School in Manhasset, N.Y., serves as the project team lead. She hopes to help create new green energy technologies and find ways to sustain the earth. Kimberly aspires to pursue a career in environmental engineering. She currently has a patent pending for a sustainable, cost-effective microbial fuel cell (MFC) designed for energy production and oil spill remediation.

Christine Yoo, a senior at Manhasset Senior High School in Manhasset, N.Y., has previously been a National Finalist for the Chemistry Olympiad as well as a finalist for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Christine plays the flute, piccolo, piano and is a member of her school’s fencing team. She is also a tutor through TASSEL, a program dedicated to teaching English to Cambodian children.

The team’s mentors are Alison Huenger and Peter Guastella, both of whom are science educators at Manhasset Senior High School.

National Finalists

Six individuals and six teams competed at the Siemens Competition National Finals. The remaining National Finalists were awarded the following scholarships:

Individuals

  • $50,000 scholarship – Sanjana Rane, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, Ky.
  • $40,000 scholarship – Milind Jagota, Liberty High School, Bethlehem, Pa.
  • $30,000 scholarship – Andrew Chen, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, Calif.
  • $20,000 scholarship – Dominick Rowan, Byram Hills High School, Armonk, N.Y.
  • $10,000 scholarship – Vikas Maturi, Carmel Senior High School, Carmel, Ind.

Teams

  • $50,000 scholarship – Emily Cheng, Methacton High School, Eagleville, Pa.; Kelly Jiang, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, Pa. and Gerald Liu, Methacton High School, Eagleville, Pa.
  • $40,000 scholarship – Robert Luo and Helen Zhang, Highland Park High School, Dallas, Texas
  • $30,000 scholarship – Daniel Chae, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.; Alan Tan, Irvington High School, Fremont, Calif. and Sidharth Bommakanti, Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, Calif.
  • $20,000 scholarship – David Zhu and Evani Radiya-Dixit, The Harker School, San Jose, Calif.
  • $10,000 scholarship – Evelyn McChesney and Madeline McCue, Breck School, Golden Valley, Minn.

The Siemens Competition

Launched in 1998, the Siemens Competition is the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students. Nearly 4,000 students registered for this year’s competition and a total of 1,781 projects were submitted for consideration. 466 students were named Semifinalists and 97 were named Regional Finalists. The students presented their research in a closed, online forum, and entries were judged at the regional level by esteemed scientists at six leading research universities which hosted the regional competitions:  Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Notre Dame and The University of Texas at Austin.

For news and announcements about the Regional Competitions and the National Finals, follow us on Twitter @SFoundation (#SiemensComp) and like us on Facebook at Siemens Foundation.

The Siemens Foundation

The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $90 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. The Foundation’s mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. Together, the programs at the Siemens Foundation are helping close the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. when it comes to STEM careers, and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.  Follow the Siemens Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

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, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase 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 ADDS HUNDREDS OF ENGAGING RESOURCES SUPPORTING SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES AND STEM INSTRUCTION TO AWARD-WINNING DIGITAL SERVICES 

Shawnee Cohn, Discovery Education
240-662-2661
shawnee_cohn@discovery.com

– Content from Robomatter, Discovery Communications’ Networks and Leading Educational Publishers Further Empowers K-12 Educators to Create Compelling Science, Social Studies and STEM Lessons –

Silver Spring, Md. (December 3, 2015) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today the addition of several hundred engaging new resources to its award-winning digital services. This content, from Robomatter, Discovery Communications’ family of networks and leading educational publishers, further empowers K-12 educators using Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Discovery Education Techbooks to create compelling science, social studies and STEM lessons.

Discovery Education has partnered with Robomatter, Incorporated (“Robomatter”), a global leader in STEM education, to make Robomatter’s research-based STEM education content available through Streaming Plus. Built on research-based technology and teaching methods developed at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Academy, Robomatter’s educational solutions teach kids important creative thinking, math, problem solving, and computational thinking skills. Students will have access to Robomatter’s Robot Virtual Worlds software, a high-end robotics simulation environment that enables students to learn programming, as well as Robomatter’s Expedition Atlantis, a math-based game environment that uses the engaging nature of robotics exploration to teach students math skills.

Among the new content supporting K-5 science instruction added to Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus services is:

  • Over 130 titles from Visual Learning Systems. Available in both English and Spanish, this content allows educators and students to explore a variety of core science topics such as light energy, biodiversity, electricity, the scientific method, and more.
  • Breaking Trail with Coyote Peterson. The 42 titles in this Emmy Award-winning series from Discovery Digital Networks takes students on a virtual journey through nature bringing them up-close with wildlife in some of the most amazing environments throughout North America. Students will encounter everything from rattlesnakes to grizzly bears while learning more about the biological science behind their behavior and appearance along the way.
  • Outrageous Acts of Science. Also available in Discovery Education’s Science Techbook, the 26 titles in this Science Channel series explain the inner workings of eccentric experiments through in-depth expert analysis, and provide a useful starting point for class discussions around what inspires scientists’ experiments.
  • How the Universe Works. This Science Channel series of 35 titles, which is also available in Discovery Education’s Science Techbook, blends expert opinion and extraordinary computer-generated imagery in a unique way that helps educators explain the inner workings of space and unusual astronomical phenomena to students.

Exclusive new resources supporting middle and high school social studies instruction recently added to Discovery Education Streaming Plus include:

  • Discoveries America. From award-winning publisher Bennett-Watt Entertainment, the 50 titles in the Discoveries America series tell the stories of each of the 50 states through profiles of historic sites, major cities, and natural wonders. Leveraging exceptional images, interesting subjects, and fascinating stories, Discoveries America, which has also been added to Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook, supports a variety of social studies lessons.
  • How We Got Here. The 10 titles from this American Heroes Channel series help students explore U.S. history through the lives of iconic Americans, such as Henry Ford, Levi Strauss, and Clara Barton, whose entrepreneurial genius radically changed their worlds and ours.

The popular Global Wrap and Global Stories features are also returning to all Discovery Education services. Available exclusively through Discovery Education and published by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, Global Wrap (suitable for grades 6-12) and Global Stories (suitable for grades K-5) present an age-appropriate summary of the week’s most pressing global news.  All Global Wrap and Global Stories content is archived, providing an opportunity for students to see the application of science, math, and social studies concepts in the real world. 

“Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus and Techbook services provide me the compelling content I need to create lessons that will capture students’ attention across the curriculum,” said Amber Brown, teacher at Henderson County Public Schools, NC. “I am looking forward to integrating these new digital resources into my lessons.”

Containing thousands of standards-aligned resources, Discovery Education Streaming Plus helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information across all subject areas. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes.  Students can access images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, and videos, and more.  

The Social Studies Techbook series uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing and problem solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, multimedia reference library, interactive maps and informational texts.  Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, the Science Techbook, through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities, helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists.

“Discovery Education is committed to providing educators and students worldwide access to engaging, innovative content that brings instruction to life,” said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president and digital learning officer at Discovery Education. “The new science, social studies and STEM content recently added to our digital services supports our ongoing efforts to empower educators with the resources they need to create the modern learning environments today’s students demand and deserve.”

For more information about Discovery Education Streaming Plus, the Discovery Education Techbook series, and other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

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, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase 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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