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Virginia’s Prince William County Public Schools and Discovery Education Extend Partnership Providing Educators Access to Award-Winning Digital Service

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, June 30, 2020) Virginia’s Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) today announced the extension of its partnership with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.  In the latest phase of this nine-year relationship, educators in all division schools are now empowered to use Discovery Education Experience, which will support students’ continuity of learning now and in the future, either in a classroom setting or at home.

“As Prince William County Public Schools prepares for the 2020-2021 school year, we are focused on ensuring our educators and students have access to digital resources that will support their learning wherever it is taking place,” said Dr. Steven Walts, Prince William County Schools Superintendent.  “The continuation of this partnership supports this mission and our efforts to maintain students’ continuity of learning.”

PWCS provides a world-class​ education to more than 91,000 students in 100 schools and centers in Northern Virginia, just 25 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Each grade level or course of study at PWCS is grounded in a purposefully designed plan for learning that outlines the knowledge and skills students will develop. This vital curriculum assures high-quality instruction with objectives for each grade level and subject area. Aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning, the division’s curriculum ensures that every child is involved in their learning and prepared to thrive.

To support the district’s immersive K-12 curriculum, PWCS educators will continue integrating the award-winning Discovery Education Experience into instruction. A flexible K-12 platform that keeps students connected to learning in the home or school environments, Experience provides compelling high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources that gives educators everything they need to create lasting educational impact. Built for all learners, grade levels, subject areas, and interests, Experience brings new excitement and relevance to the topics educators teach and reaches and engages every student wherever learning is taking place.

Discovery Education Experience is one of the resources PWCS will be integrating into its existing Canvas learning management system this summer.  Through this ongoing Learning Tool Integration project, PWCS educators will have the ability to access Discovery Education Experience and other learning resources seamlessly through one platform using single sign-on.

“When the COVID-19 Pandemic forced our district to shift to remote learning, our educators leaned into using Discovery Education Experience to keep students connected to learning,” said Diane Harazin, Prince William County Public Schools’ Supervisor of Instructional Technology.  “We are excited to continue this partnership, which is playing a key role maintaining our students’ continuity of learning.”

To help PWCS educators integrate their new digital resources into instruction in the coming school year, Discovery Education will provide division teachers dedicated professional learning. Through these interactive professional development sessions, participants will learn best practices for integrating technology and digital content into teaching and learning in ways that will maximize the power of their digital resources, increase student engagement in instruction, and improve students’ academic achievement.

PWCS’ continued partnership with Discovery Education also ensures division teachers’ continued access to the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.  PWCS educators have been very active participants in the Discovery Education Community and longtime participants in the Discovery Education Network’s Ambassador program.

“Discovery Education is proud to continue its long-term relationship with Prince William County Public Schools,” said Esperanza Agnew, Discovery Education’s Manager of Partner Success. “We are excited to continue to support the district’s mission to provide all students a world-class education.”

For more information about Virginia’s Prince William County Public Schools, visit the school system’s website here.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

Discovery Education
Stephen Wakefield
Email: SWakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 316-6615

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Discovery Education Corporate and Community Partnerships Receive Multiple PRNews Digital PR Awards for Excellence

Jackson Charitable Foundation, LG Electronics USA, Responsibility.org, and USC Shoah Foundation Recognized for Industry-Altering Campaigns 

SILVER SPRING, MD (Monday, June 29, 2020) – Several Discovery Education corporate and community partnership programs have been recognized for excellence as part of the PRNEWS 2020 Digital PR Awards. The Digital Awards program acknowledges the most innovative digital communicators and campaigns 

Each of the award-winning initiatives was developed to foster youth achievement and engagement around such critical topics as diversity and inclusionsocial and emotional learningfinancial literacy, and prevention of underage drinkingThese impactful digital campaigns encompass the evolving landscape of marketing and communications, including media relations, branding and influencer marketing, and were celebrated as among the year’s best uses of media, including podcasts, videos, social media and more.  

Winners include: 

Other: Contest/Game
Jackson Charitable Foundation Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Contest 
The Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Pledge Challenge encourages elementary school teachers, families, and community members to show their commitment to financial literacy education. The challenge invites community collaboration through daily online voting for schools to receive a $10,000 prize package amplifying financial education, along with a $1,000 donation to a student-selected charity. 

The annual Challenge builds upon a Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education educational program, Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids, which provides no-cost resources that grow critical life skills in K-6 students by beginning high-quality financial literacy education in elementary school. Launched in 2017, the engaging and fun financial education program provides millions of students with the knowledge, tools, and practice they need to make informed decisions to reach their goals and dreams. Learn more at Cha-ChingUSA.org.  

Best Campaigns: Social Listening
LG Discover Your Happy: International Day of Happiness Day of Learning 
The LG Discover Your Happy program, a collaborative effort between Discovery Education and LG Electronics USA – and extension of LG’s signature cause social impact program initiative, “Experience Happiness”  – provides educators, parents and students the no-cost resources to sustain one’s ability to recognize that life can be good through six foundational social emotional skills: mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity and gratitude. 

As part of this initiative, LG Electronics USA and Discovery Education ran a nationwide social media storm during the United Nations International Day of Happiness (#IDOH) on March 20, 2019, sparking a day-long conversation designed to create meaningful dialogue on the importance of happiness and deliver new resources and tips for practicing happiness skills with teachers, students, and families.  

The International Day of Happiness Day of Learning equips youth with the skills necessary to reduce stress and create sustainable happiness in their lives. Learn more at lgexperiencehappiness.com. 

Best Use of a Social Platform: Twitter
Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn in Partnership with Discovery Education 
To launch this new partnership and kick off conversations in classrooms nationwide around empowering kids to say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking, Ask, Listen, Learn in partnership with Discovery Education hosted a “Digital Discussion on the Science and Impact of Alcohol on Developing Brains, Bodies, and Behavior”. Together they invited educators, families, and students to explore the science behind how alcohol impacts kids’ developing brains to engage in meaningful conversations about this important topic. Conversations took off with students across the nation, with over 29 million social impressions and #BrainBodyBehavior trending on Twitter the day of the event. 

Ask, Listen, Learn in partnership with Discovery Education uncovers the science behind how alcohol affects developing brains, bodies, and behavior. The no-cost program resources equip students in grades 4-7 with vital tools and experiences to dive deep into the science, data, and facts that are critical to understanding the effects of alcohol, leading kids to say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking! Discover more at discoverbrainbodybehavior.com. 

Best Use of a Specific Channel: Video
USC Shoah Foundation Teaching with Testimony: “Our Stories are Stronger Than Hate” Virtual Field Trip 
This Virtual Field Trip highlighted real-world stories to help students explore the dynamics of respect, acceptance, and empathy. In the on-demand field trip, students hear from activist and Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting survivor Samantha Grady, Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, as well as students who experience hate in their everyday lives as they share their stories of overcoming adversity and their unique perspectives of healing from trauma in hopes of inspiring others. Both archived and present-day storytelling overlap to create an impactful learning opportunity for students to explore emotions, consider questions, experience a shared humanity, and develop thinking in new and nuanced ways. 

Developed in partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education, Teaching with Testimony is a no-cost educational program that unlocks the powerful instructional potential of testimony. Drawing upon USC Shoah Foundation’s vast library of audiovisual testimony from survivors and witnesses of genocides, Teaching with Testimony empowers students to find their voices and take action for a better future. Find out more at teachingwithtestimony.com. 

“We are proud to work hand-in-hand with our partners to provide world-class dynamic digital resources that deepen engagement around the critical issues of our time,” said Beth Meyer, Vice-President of Partner Success at Discovery Education. “The innovative use of digital and social media to scale impact is a key component of our strategy as we together support young people in addressing the issues they face with their peers every day.”   

In addition to Discovery Education’s work with K-12 districts nationwide, the company also collaborates with like-minded corporations, non-profits, foundations and trade associations to develop innovative youth engagement initiatives that support whole-child learning. These award-winning dynamic digital resources are available through the Discovery Education Experience corporate and community partnerships channel. 

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest. 

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About PRNews
The PRNEWS Group at Access Intelligence, LLC is a go-to source that serves the communications and PR community at corporations, agencies and nonprofits. The PRNEWS Group focuses on honing and growing PR and marketing professionals’ skills in social media, crisis management, digital PR, measurement, employee relations, media training, CSR and writing through its flagship newsletter, webinars, conferences, awards programs, workshops and guidebooks. With the launch of its weekly newsletter over 75 years ago, PRNEWS has remained dedicated to supporting the growth of communicators and marketers all while keeping them abreast of the latest news affecting their industries.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com. 

Contacts
Grace Maliska | Discovery Education | gmaliska@discoveryed.com 

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Girl Scouts of the USA and Discovery Education Receive 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Award for Girls Get STEM Initiative

Prestigious Awards Program Recognizes Outstanding Educational Technology Products and Companies

SILVER SPRING, Md. (Wednesday, June 24, 2020) – Discovery Education today announced that EdTech Breakthrough – a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global educational technology market – has selected the Girls Get STEM Initiative from Girl Scouts of the USA and Discovery Education as the winner of the “Best Science Learning Solution” award in the second annual EdTech Breakthrough Awards program.

Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist offers no-cost, dynamic digital resources for K-5 educators, troop leaders, and parents to spark girls’ interest in STEM. Guided by the power of STEM learning and entrepreneurship, the initiative works to create a more equitable future for young girls to become tomorrow’s leaders.

The initiative includes compelling resources such as the Unleash Your Citizen Scientist Virtual Field Trip (VFT) that aims to inspire students to take positive action through STEM in their classrooms and communities. Accompanied by digital curriculum, including educator and troop leader guides plus classroom activities, the 30-minute VFT transports students to the STEM Center of Excellence in Dallas, Texas where STEM comes to life with women at the helm. Mix and match all the resources, including the dynamic STEM bundles, to further amplify the power of STEM learning.

“We are extremely proud of the momentum and success of the Girls Get STEM initiative, and we see this as an exemplary model for what the future of the STEM workforce can look like as we nurture the interest in STEM that already exists in girls,” said Beth Meyer, Vice President of Partner Success at Discovery Education. “By providing communities with no-cost dynamic digital resources focused on address gender equity in STEM education across the country, we are demonstrating that any student can use the scientific method to build a better world and inspire positive community action. This 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Award is a fantastic validation of the success and potential of an inspiring STEM initiative, and we look forward to growing this initiative to build engagement and confidence around STEM fields with our partner, Girl Scouts of the USA.”

“Girls Get STEM shows the power of women and girls in STEM,” said Suzanne Harper, Sr. Director of National STEM Strategy at GSUSA. “By working with Discovery Education, Girl Scouts has been able to bring our program’s hands-on experience into classrooms, addressing the unique needs of girls and presenting components in ways that are relevant to them. Being the experts on how girls like to learn and lead, we know reaching girls early in engaging ways is imperative to ensure a more equitable future for girls and women in STEM.”

The EdTech Breakthrough Awards honors excellence and recognizes the innovation, hard work, and success in a range of educational technology categories, including Student Engagement, School Administration, Adaptive Learning, STEM Education, e-Learning, Career Preparation, and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 1,750 nominations from over 15 different countries throughout the world.

“The reality is that while 92% of girls are interested in STEM fields, female STEM representation is lacking and women continue to be underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, collectively,” said James Johnson, Managing Director at EdTech Breakthrough. “This “breakthrough” initiative from Girl Scouts of the USA and Discovery Education bridges the gender gap, expanding STEM opportunities and creating a more equitable future for all. We are extremely proud to recognize Discovery Education along with Girl Scouts of the USA, for paving the way towards a brighter and more inclusive future. We extend a hearty congratulations for a well-deserved 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Award.”

Learn more about Girls Get STEM at GirlsLeadSTEM.com and through Discovery Education Experience  –  a digital educational platform offering engaging high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, creative collaboration tools, and practical professional learning resources to give educators everything they need to facilitate instruction and create a lasting educational impact in any learning environment.

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We’re Girl Scouts of the USA
We’re 2.5 million strong—more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com. 

About EdTech Breakthrough
Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the EdTech Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in educational technology products, companies and people. The EdTech Breakthrough Awards provide a platform for public recognition around the achievements of breakthrough educational technology in categories including e-learning, student engagement, school administration, career preparation, language learning, STEM and more. For more information, visit EdTechBreakthrough.com.

Contacts
Grace Maliska | Discovery Education | gmaliska@discoveryed.com
Girl Scouts of the USA Press Room | media@girlscouts.org | 212-852-8525

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3M Young Scientist Challenge Announces 2020 National Finalists

3M and Discovery Education congratulate finalists; announce 2020 shift to a virtual competition in response to COVID-19

SILVER SPRING, Md. & ST. PAUL, Minn. (Tuesday, June 23, 2020) – 3M and Discovery Education today announced the top 10 finalists in the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge. As the nation’s premier middle school science competition, these young scientists submitted outstanding projects utilizing the power of STEM to improve the world.

This year’s finalists, four girls and six boys ranging in age from 12-14, identified an everyday problem they’re passionate about and submitted a one- to two-minute video communicating the science behind their solution to solve the problem. An esteemed group of judges, including 3M scientists and leaders in education from across the country, evaluated entries based on creativity, scientific knowledge, and communication effectiveness. These young inventors won the top ten spots in this year’s challenge with their innovative thinking, scientific acumen, and display of exceptional communication skills.

In response to COVID-19, the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge is pivoting the final event from 3M headquarters in St. Paul, Minn. to an interactive virtual competition to be held on October 12-13, where finalists will be evaluated on a series of challenges and the presentation of their completed innovation.

“Inspirational moments of community are all around us and the need for action is clearly strong — now more than ever, we are looking to the next generation to help improve the world we live in, and the 3M Young Scientist Challenge is a great platform for them to express what and how they want to see change,” said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at 3M. “The 2020 finalists and state merit winners prove once again that young minds can combine STEM skills with imagination and creativity to identify and solve a real-world problem using science. They will undoubtedly build on their knowledge and experience with science to impact the future, and that is something for us all to embrace. We are proud of this year’s competitors and remain committed to supporting STEM-for-all and building a path to a better life for everyone.”

The top 10 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists include students from public and private schools across America. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and the opportunity to work virtually with a 3M scientist who will mentor them as they evolve their invention from idea to prototype. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and the prestigious title of America’s Top Young Scientist.

The top 10 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists are as follows in alphabetical order by last name:

  • Laasya Acharya, Mason, Ohio, Mason Middle School, Mason City School District
  • Xavier Baquero-Iglesias, Naples, Fla., Community School of Naples, Collier County Public Schools
  • Anika Chebrolu, Frisco, Tex., Nelson Middle School, Frisco Independent School District
  • Rithvik Ijju, Englewood, Colo., Challenge School, Cherry Creek School District
  • Ekansh Mittal, Beaverton, Ore., Meadow Park Middle School, Beaverton School District
  • Harsha Pillarisetti, San Ramon, Calif., Windemere Ranch Middle School, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  • Samhita Pokkunuri, Old Bridge, N.J., Carl Sandburg Middle School, Old Bridge Township School District
  • Samvrit Rao, Ashburn, Va., Stone Hill Middle School, Loudoun County Public School District
  • Kyle Tianshi, San Diego, Calif., The Cambridge School, Private School
  • Sophia Weiner, Rockledge, Fla., Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Private School

“We applaud 3M’s leadership in fostering youth engagement in STEM through the Young Scientist Challenge,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate & Community Partnerships at Discovery Education. “Inspiring young minds to address the world’s problems through the application of STEM-thinking fuels the pipeline of tomorrow’s passionate young scientists dedicated to improving the world we all share.”

In its 13th year, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge continues to inspire and challenge middle school students to think creatively and apply the power of STEM to discovering real-world solutions. America’s Top Young Scientists have gone on to give TED Talks, file patents, found nonprofits, make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and exhibit at the White House Science Fair. These young innovators have also been featured in Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Business Insider, and more.

The award-winning 3M Young Scientist Challenge supplements the 3M and Discovery Education program – Young Scientist Lab – which provides no-cost dynamic digital resources for students, teachers, and families to explore, transform, and innovate the world around them. All the resources are also available through the 3M Channel and Community Partnerships Channel on  Discovery Education Experience, the digital service whose high-quality resources and instructional supports for educators are enriching student learning and extending it to the real world.

To learn more about the 3M Young Scientist Challenge and meet this year’s finalists, visit youngscientistlab.com.

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About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 96,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com. 

Contacts
Rainah Chang-Faulk | 3M | rainah.chang-faulk@ketchum.com
Robert Brittain | 3M | rbrittain@mmm.com
Grace Maliska | Discovery Education | gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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3M and Discovery Education Recognize 27 State Merit Winners in the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Students across the United States awarded for unique innovations and STEM enthusiasm

SILVER SPRING, Md. & ST. PAUL, Minn. (Monday, June 22, 2020) – 3M and Discovery Education today announced the 27 State Merit Winners in the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge. As the nation’s premier middle school science competition, these young scientists submitted outstanding projects utilizing the power of STEM to improve the world.

The 3M Young Scientist Challenge asks students in grades 5-8 to identify an everyday problem they’re passionate about and submit a one- to two-minute video communicating the science behind their solution to solve the problem. An esteemed group of judges, including 3M scientists and leaders in education from across the country, evaluated entries based on creativity, scientific knowledge, and communication effectiveness.

“Inspirational moments of community are all around us and the need for action is clearly strong — now more than ever, we are looking to the next generation to help improve the world we live in, and the 3M Young Scientist Challenge is a great platform for them to express what and how they want to see change,” said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at 3M. “The 2020 finalists and state merit winners prove once again that young minds combine STEM skills with imagination and creativity to identify and solve a real-world problem using science. They will undoubtedly build on their knowledge and experience with science to impact the future, and that is something for us all to embrace. We are proud of this year’s competitors and remain committed to supporting STEM-for-all and building a path to a better life for everyone.”

The 3M Young Scientist Challenge proudly recognizes this year’s State Merit Winners. The 27 State Merit Winners were selected for their passion for STEM, innovation, and superb communication skills. Each State Merit Winner receives special recognition on the challenge website, along with a special technology prize pack.

The 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge State Merit Winners are listed below in alphabetical order by state:

[Alabama] Jordan Jennings, Homeschool – Key Destiny, Madison County
[Arkansas] Lajwanthi Saravanakumar, Washington Junior High School, Bentonville Public School District
[Arizona] Prisha Shroff, Accelerated Middle School, Chandler Unified School District
[California] Audrey Luu, Sam H. Lawson Middle School, Cupertino Union School District
[Connecticut] Xander Shavers, Beecher Road School, Woodbridge School District
[Delaware] Neehal Pathak, Brandywine Springs School, Red Clay Consolidated School District
[Florida] Siddharth Kini, Seminole Science Charter School, Seminole County
[Georgia] Roshan Kolachina, J.C. Booth Middle School, Fayette County Public Schools
[Iowa] Sujan Vijayraj Shadrak, Oak Ridge Middle School, Linn-Mar Community School District
[Indiana] Mira Nuthakki, Creekside Middle School, Carmel Clay Schools
[Kentucky] Kar, Meyzeek Middle School, Jefferson County Public Schools
[Massachusetts] Sva Kassev, Sharon Middle School, Sharon Public Schools
[Maryland] Sudhish Swain, Takoma Park Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools
[Minnesota] Rohan Dham, Wayzata Central Middle School, Wayzata Public Schools
[North Carolina] Lydia Denton, Sallie B. Howard School of the Arts, Wilson County Schools
[New Jersey] Arnesh Kundu, Homeschool
[Nevada] Akshansh Chauhan, Davidson Academy of Nevada, Washoe County School District
[New York] Jayden Tarife, Lakewood Elementary School, Clarkstown Central School District
[Ohio] Haasini Mendu, Mason Middle School, Mason City School District
[Oregon] Ishan Ahluwalia, Stroller Middle School, Beaverston School District
[Pennsylvania] Pooja Menon, J.R. Fugett Middle School, West Chester Area School District
[South Carolina] Vishnu Abboy, GREEN Charter School, Greenville County Schools
[Tennessee] Adithya Sastry, Farragut Middle School, Knox County Schools
[Texas] Ella Schreiter, Brookside Intermediate School, Clear Creek Independent School District
[Virginia] Aashka Shah, George H. Moody Middle School, Henrico County Public Schools
[Washington] Kosha Upadhyay, Odle Middle School, Bellevue School District
[Wisconsin] Keira Block, Golda Meir School, Milwaukee Public Schools

“This year’s State Merit Winners demonstrate exceptional creativity and scientific passion in the pursuit of bettering the world,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate & Community Partnerships, Discovery Education. “We celebrate their innovation and applaud 3M’s leadership in fostering youth engagement in STEM through the Young Scientist Challenge.”

In its 13th year, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge continues to inspire and challenge middle school students to think creatively and apply the power of STEM to discovering real-world solutions. America’s Top Young Scientists have gone on to give TED Talks, file patents, found nonprofits, make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and exhibit at the White House Science Fair. These young innovators have also been featured in Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Business Insider, and more. This year’s top 10 Young Scientist Challenge finalists will be announced on June 23, 2020 and will compete in an interactive virtual event to be held on October 12-13, 2020.

The award-winning 3M Young Scientist Challenge supplements the 3M and Discovery Education program – Young Scientist Lab – which provides no-cost dynamic digital resources for students, teachers, and families to explore, transform, and innovate the world around them. All the resources are also available through the 3M Channel and Community Partnerships Channel on Discovery Education Experience, the digital service whose high-quality resources and instructional supports for educators are enriching student learning and extending it to the real world.

For more information on the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including photos of the state merit winners, visit youngscientistlab.com.

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About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 96,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com. 

 Contacts
Rainah Chang-Faulk | 3M | rainah.chang-faulk@ketchum.com
Robert Brittain | 3M | rbrittain@mmm.com
Grace Maliska | Discovery Education | gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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District Communication Kit for Summer Learning

More than ever, we know that keeping our school communities connected to one another and to learning is a top priority—and we’re here to help.

We’ve prepared a powerful ready-to-use toolkit to make it as easy as possible for our partners to share engaging activities and meaningful summer learning resources with their leaders, educators, and students. Explore this page to find sample principal, parent, and teacher letters (in English and Spanish) along with graphics and text you can use for other types of outreach like social media and SMS/phone messages.

Click the links below to download and share individual assets or click the button at the bottom to download the full toolkit.

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  • Discovery Education Summer of Learning for Principals
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  • Discovery Education Summer of Learning for Educators
    English  |  Spanish
     
  • Discovery Education Summer of Learning for Parents
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Share on Social Media

To add an image, simply click on it below to download. Then click the tweet button and add it to the prepopulated social post.

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PARENTS: Keep your kids engaged in learning this summer with exciting activities from @DiscoveryEd! ☀️ Help your children prepare for the upcoming school year from any internet connected device.

Explore these fun + meaningful opportunities today! https://bit.ly/DE_K2sum

Grade 6-12 version


PARENTS: Keep your kids engaged in learning this summer with exciting activities from @DiscoveryEd! ☀️ Help your children prepare for the upcoming school year from any internet connected device.

Explore these fun + meaningful opportunities today! https://bit.ly/DE_68sum

Send an SMS/Phone Message

Use the copy below for mass text message communications to teachers and parents.

Great news! We’ve partnered with Discovery Education to give students access to new Learning at Home resources through the summer. Check it out on any device by logging in at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Texas’ Ector County Independent School District Selects Discovery Education Experience to Support Student Learning Over the Summer and Beyond

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, June 16, 2020) Texas’ Ector County Independent School District (ECISD) today announced the selection of Discovery Education Experience to support both its current Virtual Summer School program and K-12 teaching and learning districtwide during the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  ECISD’s use of Discovery Education’s high-quality resources, instructional supports, and job-embedded professional development assists the district’s efforts to continue student learning now and in the future, either in a classroom setting or through distance learning.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

ECISD is a rapidly growing school system serving approximately 34,000 students in the oil and gas rich region in and around Odessa, Texas. Believing OUR students are THE future, the mission of Ector County ISD is to inspire and challenge every student to be prepared for success and to be adaptable in an ever-changing society.

To support the district’s current Virtual Summer School program and prepare educators to maintain the continuity of education in the coming school year in the event of a second wave of COVID-19 infections, the district selected the award-winning Discovery Education Experience.  A flexible K-12 learning platform, Experience provides compelling high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources that gives educators everything they need to facilitate instruction and create lasting educational impact. Built for all learners, grade levels, subject areas, and interests, Experience brings new excitement and relevance to the topics educators teach and reaches and engages every student wherever learning is taking place.

Discovery Education will also support a new professional learning initiative ECISD is implementing districtwide.  Through this initiative, district educators will learn new strategies for creating engaging learning experiences for students that blend both digital resources and face-to-face instruction though job-embedded professional development opportunities facilitated by Discovery Education staff.  These strategies, which are applicable in both the classroom and remote learning environment, will prepare educators to provide all students high quality instruction wherever learning is taking place.

“Like school systems nationwide, Ector County ISD is working hard to prepare our students and teachers for the coming year school year by creating a ‘new and more effective normal’,” said Dr. Scott Muri, ECISD’s Superintendent.  “Discovery Education’s combination of digital content and professional learning enhances not only our efforts to continue student learning this summer, but also our ability to improve the quality of learning in the event of future COVID outbreaks.”

ECISD’s partnership with Discovery Education continues district teachers’ access to the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

“Through their innovative effort to create engaging blended learning experiences that help students continue their education no matter the location, Ector County Independent School District’s has staked out a leadership role in preparing for the world beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic,” said Kevin Quinlan, Discovery Education’s Senior Director of Education Partnerships. “We look forward to working closely with Dr. Muri and educators across ECISD as they prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.”

For more information about the Ector County Independent Schools, visit the school system’s website here.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

Discovery Education
Stephen Wakefield
Email: SWakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 316-6615

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Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education Announce 2020 Making for Good Challenge Winners

 Innovative STEAM Solutions to Societal & Environmental Issues Earns Students One-of-a-Kind Virtual Mentorship Opportunity and $30,000 in Prizing

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, June 15, 2020) – Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education announce the winners of the 2020 Making for Good Challenge. Working in teams of 2-4, high school students nationwide created 60-90 second videos outlining innovative solutions to societal or environmental needs.

The annual challenge builds upon a Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education educational program – Innovation Generation – igniting, engaging, and empowering students to become makers through no-cost dynamic digital resources. Through real-world explorations of STEAM, Innovation Generation cultivates students’ collaboration, problem solving, and creative thinking.

The winning 2020 Making for Good Challenge teams and prizing are as follows:

First Prize: $15,000 and an exclusive virtual mentorship with a Stanley Black and Decker employee

– Shivam A., a 9th grader from Shelby County School District in Memphis, TN
– Saksham S., an 11th grader from Germantown Municipal School District in Germantown, TN

Second Place: $10,000 and a Stanley Black and Decker Prize Pack

– AnaMaria P., a 12th grader from Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, NM
– Nathan W., a 12th grader from North Colonie Central School District in Latham, NY
– Justin L., an 11th grader from Anaheim Union High School District in Cyprus, CA
– Max D., a 12th grader from Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District in Manlius, NY

Third Place: $5,000 and a Stanley Black and Decker Prize Pack

– Adam B., a 12th grader from Northern Highlands Regional School District in Allendale, NJ
– Matthew K., a 9th grader from Suffern Central School District in Suffern, NY

See the full list and description of the winning projects here.

“At Stanley Black & Decker, we are committed to empowering students with the resources required to bring to life STEAM innovations that solve today’s most pressing problems,” said Stanley Black & Decker Corporate Responsibility Officer Deb Geyer. “Innovation Generation, in partnership with Discovery Education, demonstrates the power of combining imagination and engineering. We are thrilled to spotlight and congratulate the 2020 Making for Good Challenge winners for their creativity and problem solving.”

“It’s never been more clear that we need all people – and especially young people – to help solve today’s most vexing global challenges,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate & Community Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We’re proud to partner with Stanley Black & Decker to empower students with the STEAM supports they need to translate inspiration into action.”

Powered by Stanley Black & Decker’s tools and Discovery Education’s unparalleled educational resources, Innovation Generation fuels student learning with a premiere, STEAM-focused, cross-disciplinary initiative that invites students and educators to explore their worlds through building, making, and doing. Innovation Generation resources help students build the important critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills needed for success beyond the classroom. The program’s digital tools can be accessed online at Innovation-Gen.com and through the Discovery Education Experience corporate and community education partnerships channel.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit DiscoveryEducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Stanley Black & Decker
Stanley Black & Decker is a $14 billion revenue, purpose-driven industrial organization. Stanley Black & Decker has 58,000 employees in more than 60 countries and operates the world’s largest tools and storage business, the world’s second largest commercial electronic security company, a leading engineered fastening business as well as Oil & Gas and Infrastructure businesses. The company’s iconic brands include BLACK+DECKER, Bostitch, CRAFTSMAN, DEWALT, FACOM, Irwin, Lenox, Porter Cable and Stanley. Stanley Black & Decker is a company for the makers and innovators, the craftsmen and the caregivers, and those doing the hard work to make the world a better place. Learn more at stanleyblackanddecker.com.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contacts
Stanley Black & Decker
Abigail Dreher
abigail.dreher@sbdinc.com
860-515-2759

Discovery Education
Grace Maliska
gmaliska@discoveryed.com
240-839-4239

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