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Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education Launch National ‘Making for Good Challenge’ to Empower a New Generation of Innovators to Address Environmental and Societal Needs

 – Nationwide Challenge to Award $30K for New Stanley Black & Decker ‘Making for Good Challenge’ –

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, October 2, 2019) Stanley Black & Decker, the world’s largest tools and storage company and leader in engineered fastening and security, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced the Making for Good Challenge, a challenge encouraging students to develop a unique product that addresses societal and environmental needs.

An extension of Discovery Education and Stanley Black & Decker’s Innovation Generation: Making an Impact program, the Making for Good Challenge asks high school students to work in teams of two-to-four to design a product solution that will help solve an environmental or societal problem in their home, school or community. Student teams must develop a product design blueprint and submit a 60 – 90 second video discussing the problem, how their product can help solve it, and explain how they used the engineering design process – ask, imagine, plan, create, test and improve. Overall, the initiative aims to cultivate student collaboration and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) learning acceleration in learning communities nationwide.

Prizes for winning submissions, include:
Grand Prize Team: $15,000 and Stanley Black & Decker Virtual Mentorship
First Runner-Up Team: $10,000 and Stanley Black & Decker Prize Pack
Second Runner-Up Team: $5,000 and Stanley Black & Decker Prize Pack

“Stanley Black & Decker is committed to fostering a spirit of STEAM learning in building, making and doing in the next generation of innovators, and we are excited to partner with Discovery Education to advance the future of engineering design-based learning and education,” said Deb Geyer, Stanley Black & Decker corporate responsibility officer. “The ‘Innovation Generation: Making an Impact’ program aims to inspire students to develop the skills necessary to create the future and the ‘Making for Good Challenge’ provides them with the tools and access needed to successfully achieve that goal.”

Innovation Generation: Making an Impact complements Stanley Black & Decker’s existing maker-focused efforts – including Makerspace collaboration initiatives with universities and other organizations, global apprenticeship programs, sponsorship of WorldSkills International, and the company’s recent announcement of its Manufactory 4.0 initiative that includes job retraining efforts and the STANLEY+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator program.

“Discovery Education and Stanley Black & Decker, in launching the Making for Good Challenge, have one shared mission, vision and goal – to bridge the gap between classroom and real-world application for new generation of creators,” said Lori McFarling, Discovery Education senior vice president and chief marking officer. “We’re excited to showcase the program’s winning submissions, while continuing to encourage students to think outside the box.”

Powered by Stanley Black & Decker’s tools, with powerful brands such as DEWALT, CRAFTSMAN, STANLEY, IRWIN and BLACK+DECKER, together with Discovery Education’s unparalleled classroom reach, Innovation Generation: Making an Impact aims to drive 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, and the program’s no cost tools can be accessed online at innovation-gen.com.

Alongside Stanley Black & Decker experts, Innovation Generation will provide students with opportunities to learn about diverse STEAM careers in context – connecting them with examples of real-world applications. Exploring direct connections to vocational STEAM, young innovators will engage in Virtual Field Trips, maker activities and a national student challenge that represents the innovation continuum. This will ensure that students are exposed first-hand to how math, science, technology, creativity and teamwork can lead to technological advancements in our everyday lives.

“The ‘Innovation Generation’ partnership between Discovery Education and Stanley Black & Decker opens a world of innovation for our students and builds on the ideas of maker spaces in schools, and the ‘Making for Good Challenge’ takes students on an extraordinary journey through the process of exploring STEAM in action,” said Becky Goddard, Pine Lake Preparatory School instructional technology specialist, Mooresville, N.C. “As an educator, I’m always seeking ways to make learning exciting for my students and this initiative provides digitally immersive learning experiences that prepare them with rigorous STEAM competencies for careers of the future.”

Making for Good Challenge opens today and will close on January 30, 2020. Winners will be announced in Spring 2020. U.S. high school students can register and find more information about the challenge here.

Learn more about Innovation Generation: Making an Impact at innovation-gen.com and at discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected through social media on FacebookTwitter,
Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Stanley Black & Decker:
Stanley Black & Decker is a purpose-driven, $14 billion revenue industrial organization. Stanley Black & Decker has 61,000 employees in more than 60 countries and operates the world’s largest tools and storage business, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security services 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’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. 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:
Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder
CKinder@Discoveryed.com
(240) 274-2173 phone

Stanley Black & Decker
Abigail Dreher
Abigail.Dreher@sbdinc.com
(860) 515-2759 phone

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Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation Explore STEM Careers During 2019 National Manufacturing Day

— ‘Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip’ will Transport Students from Inside the Walls of Classrooms to Meet Manufacturing Professionals Who Leverage STEM, Precision Engineering, Robotics and Automation to Innovate the Future —

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, October 1, 2019) – In celebration of National Manufacturing Day (#MFGDay19), Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation, the independently endowed philanthropic arm of Arconic, Inc., are hosting a Manufacture Your Future  Virtual Field Trip on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. During the immersive virtual experience, students will be transported from inside the walls of their classrooms to Arconic’s advanced manufacturing hub in Alcoa, Tenn., just south of Knoxville, to learn about technological solutions that push the boundaries of what’s possible in industrial and automotive design. Educators, classrooms and communities are invited to register for the virtual event here. Participants are encouraged to join @DiscoveryEd, @Arconic_FDN and other experts for a live Twitter chat during the Virtual Field Trip premiere by submitting questions and sending pictures using #ManufactureYourFuture.

During the Virtual Field Trip premiere, real-life professionals will share how they’ve succeeded in the manufacturing industry and they’ll challenge students to set goals that inspire them to think about career options for the future. Featuring, Shaquana Moore, a senior electrical engineer; Boubacar Maiga, a business improvement manager; and Laurel Black, a lab quality systems coordinator, the Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip immersion will help students understand that their passion and potential in STEM, and manufacturing can be endless. Every year, National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute host Manufacturing Day, during which Arconic comes together with more than 1,600 manufacturers across the country to motivate the next generation of manufacturing leaders and innovators.

Arconic Foundation is committed to preparing tomorrow’s workforce for successful, rewarding careers that advance the future of manufacturing. Making STEM learning compelling is a big part of that, and our partnership with Discovery Education helps us to create breakthrough learning experiences that make STEM learning attractive,” said Esra Ozer, President, Arconic Foundation. “The ‘Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip’ experience encourages ingenuity in young learners and helps us to unleash in them the power of an innovative mindset.”

Manufacture Your Future resources are available at no-cost at ManufactureYourFuture.com and within Discovery Education Experience. An award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, Discovery Education Experience empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom.

“Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation are excited to open up access to quality STEM education experiences that encourage kids to become solution-seekers and problem-solvers, as they consider exciting pathways to manufacturing careers,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “The ‘Manufacture Your Future’ initiative helps us to advance best-in-class educational approaches that spur immersive learning for the next generation of manufacturing innovators.”

Manufacture Your Future, designed by Discovery Education’s curriculum experts for 3rd – 12th grade students, offers educators, guidance counselors and families, hands-on resources that build excitement around post-secondary manufacturing career opportunities. Comprehensive, cross-curricular lesson plans range from a look at the history of manufacturing to STEM-based interactives on robotics, and are designed to stimulate insightful conversations between educators and students. The program’s family discussion starters extend the conversation beyond the classroom, giving parents a way to highlight the crucial role that manufacturing plays in day-to-day life.

“The career possibilities in manufacturing are endless and the ‘Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip’ provides just a glimpse of what students could pursue after high school or college,” said Tiffany Mumm, Technology Teacher, Palm Beach County Middle School. “Whether students are interested in science, technology, engineering, math, computers, robots, labs, or management – modern manufacturing has a career for them. This virtually immersive and informative experience helps educators clearly communicate that within their classrooms.”

As manufacturing continues to evolve and require 21st-century skillsets, employers have continued to develop a pipeline of qualified workers who are passionate about the industry. Manufacture Your Future empowers educators to connect to classroom-based STEM lessons and enriched, real-world career experiences. These experiences provide students with opportunities to gain valuable workplace skills prior to graduation. The initiative encourages the development of critical thinking skills through real-world applications. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, the comprehensive program offers standards-based resources focused on STEM; lesson plans; a manufacturing career guide; family discussion starters; and Virtual Field Trips to give students an up-close look at some of today’s most prominent manufacturing careers.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Arconic Foundation:
Arconic Foundation supports programs that help prepare the 21st century engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce. Arconic Foundation is an independently endowed foundation with assets of approximately $320 million and is the charitable arm of Arconic, Inc. – which works in close partnership with customers to solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through collaboration with our nonprofit partners, our initiatives make quality STEM education opportunities available to students; support engineering and technical skills training through community colleges, technical schools and universities around the world; and help to create access for underrepresented individuals to the STEM fields. The work of Arconic Foundation is further enhanced by the thousands of Arconic employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in their communities. Established in 2016, Arconic Foundation is active in 26 countries around the globe.

About Arconic:
Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value. For more information: arconic.com. Follow @arconic: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. 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.

Contact:
Arconic Foundation
Suzanne van de Raadt
Suzanne.vanderaadt@arconic.com
(412) 553-1849 phone

Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder
CKinder@Discoveryed.com
(240) 274-2173 phone

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