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Jackson Charitable Foundation Announces the 2019 Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Contest Winner

Olympic View Elementary School in Chula Vista, CA Receives $10,000 to Ignite Financial Literacy and $1,000 for Donation to Student-Selected Cause

Silver Spring, Md. (Friday, February 21, 2020) – Jackson Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit advancing financial knowledge on a national scale, today announced Olympic View Elementary School in Chula Vista, California, as the winner of the 3rd annual Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Contest.

The Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Contest presents elementary schools in the United States the opportunity to receive a grant to spark financial literacy education at their school, along with funds designated for philanthropy based on the school’s selection. To celebrate, Olympic View Elementary School hosted an in-school event featuring a check presentation by Jackson Charitable Foundation and an engaging financial literacy activity. As the contest winner, Olympic View Elementary School intends to use the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Contest grant and donation money as follows:

  • $10,000 grant: A student leadership team will learn how to plan and budget by applying the award money toward a school campus beautification project.
  • $1,000 donation: The students selected Friends of the Australian Bush, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving Australia’s biodiversity, as the recipient of the charity funds to underscore the importance of philanthropy.

The Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Contest grant enhances Olympic View Elementary School’s commitment to financial literacy, which includes courses as well as student-led campus improvement projects focused on developing leadership, responsibility, and financial literacy skills.

The annual Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Contest builds upon a Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education partnership program, Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids!, offering youth across the country no-cost resources that build critical life skills by beginning high-quality financial literacy education in elementary school. Launched in 2017, the engaging and fun financial education program provides millions of students in grades K-6 with the knowledge, tools, and practice they need to make informed decisions to reach their goals and dreams.

“Jackson Charitable Foundation is committed to empowering young people with fun financial literacy education at no cost to teachers, students, and families,” said Danielle Robinson, Executive Director, Jackson Charitable Foundation. “Congratulations to Olympic View Elementary School for their commitment to financial education for students! We are thrilled to see kids learning the basics of earning, saving, spending, and donating through the 2019 Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Contest.”

“At Olympic View Elementary School, we are dedicated to equipping students with the knowledge and resources they need to be successful in all areas of life,” said Lisa Lines, Principal of Olympic View Elementary School. “As the recipient of the Jackson Charitable Foundation’s 2019 Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Contest grant, our students will experience first-hand the positive impacts of financial planning and execution.”

“Discovery Education proudly partners with Jackson Charitable Foundation to empower students with financial knowledge as a cornerstone to success,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We congratulate the educators, families, and community at Olympic View Elementary School who demonstrated their commitment to this critical life skill.”

Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! resources and information about how to enter the 2020 Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Contest are available at Cha-ChingUSA.org and through Discovery Education Experience.

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About Olympic View Elementary
Olympic View Elementary is one of 49 schools including charters in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. The school is located in southern San Diego County. Olympic View was built in 1995. Each of its five academic buildings has four classrooms and a workroom. Fourteen permanent portables have been added to accommodate Olympic View’s growth. The Olympic View Community believes that ALL students, staff, parents and community members are leaders. The school is a “Leader in Me” school and focuses on developing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Students are encouraged to develop and share their passion by leading others. Students are given input on the decisions made at the school as well as in developing clubs, leading initiatives, and leading activities and programs at Olympic View.

About Jackson Charitable Foundation
Jackson Charitable Foundation’s vision is for all Americans to have the strong personal finance skills that allow people to live fuller, more self-directed lives. The 501(c)(3) private operating Foundation, is the charitable-giving arm of Jackson National Life Insurance Company. The Foundation works with Jackson associates and world-class partners to provide economic opportunities that build strong communities. Follow the Jackson Charitable Foundation at jacksoncharitablefoundation.org, on Facebook at @JacksonCharitableFoundation and on Twitter at @JacksonFdn.

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
Danielle Robinson, Jackson Charitable Foundation, Danielle.Robinson@jackson.com
Anthony Millican, Chula Vista Elementary School District, Anthony.Millican@cvesd.org
Grace Maliska, Discovery Education, gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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American Nuclear Society and Discovery Education Introduce Virtual Field Trip to Reimagine Nuclear at the World’s Most Powerful Nuclear Test Reactor

During National Engineers Week, Classrooms are Offered a Unique Front Row Seat to Nuclear Science Through the Nuclear Reimagined Virtual Field Trip on February 18, 2020

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, February 13, 2020) – In celebration of National Engineers Week, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—announced the Nuclear Reimagined Virtual Field Trip, premiering on February 18, 2020.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the no-cost Nuclear Reimagined Virtual Field Trip explores the real-world and innovative applications of nuclear science. From medicine to space travel to energy, Nuclear Reimagined introduces students to the multifaceted applications of nuclear science and the diverse array of career possibilities. Learn more and register for the event here.

From a seat in a classroom at 1 pm E.T. on February 18, 2020, students dive into the Earth’s most powerful research reactor and other exciting aspects of nuclear science and technology. The Nuclear Reimagined Virtual Field Trip offers a behind the scenes view into the U.S. Department of Energy’s leading lab for nuclear energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment. As part of the tour, participants learn the ways STEM professionals innovate solutions for the problems of today and the life of tomorrow.

“This unique virtual experience will give students the opportunity to see cutting-edge research turn into applications for nuclear processes and their role in our world today,” said Eric Loewen, ANS Past President and Chief Consulting Engineer of Advanced Nuclear Plants, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. “Along the way, students will witness the broad variety of rewarding careers available in the nuclear sectors. The Virtual Field Trip is just one of the ways ANS is educating young people on how nuclear science and technology contribute to the quality of our everyday lives.”

“The American Nuclear Society and Discovery Education Nuclear Reimagined Virtual Field Trip presents a perfect way for students to meet professionals leading engaging and diverse careers by providing a front row seat to the exciting possibilities and real-world uses of nuclear science,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education.

The Nuclear Reimagined Virtual Field Trip builds upon the American Nuclear Society and Discovery Education program, Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World™, engaging students with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned resources focused on pathways to STEM careers, as well as the positive and future impacts of nuclear science.

Learn more about the Virtual Field Trip and the partnership at navigatingnuclear.com and within Discovery Education Experience.

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About American Nuclear Society
ANS serves more than 10,000 members within the nuclear field with a mission to advance, foster, and spur the development and application of nuclear science, engineering, and technology to benefit society. The ANS Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information is an education and outreach initiative of the Society that promotes interest in nuclear science and technology and makes the complex nuclear world easier to understand for teachers, students, policymakers, and the public. Through programs like Navigating Nuclear, the Center helps people learn about the vital role nuclear science and technology plays in our everyday lives. To learn more, visit ans.org and nuclearconnect.org/about.

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
Janice Lindegard, American Nuclear Society, jlindegard@ans.org
Grace Maliska, Discovery Education, gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Spark the Future of STEM with the 2020 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes

Title 1 Schools Invited to Make Their STEM Dreams Come True by Winning $10,000 from the Possibility Grant Sweepstakes: #IDreamofSTEM

Washington, D.C. (Thursday, February 6, 2020) – To further inspire the next generation of STEM leaders, the Siemens Foundation, a leader in advancing STEM workforce development and education initiatives, and Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources—welcome submissions to the 2020 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes.

The 2020 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes offers Title 1 K-12 schools across the United States an opportunity to win a $10,000 STEM grant that can be used to purchase STEM supplies, technology or be used in any STEM-related lab. Open through April 28, 2020, educators and educational professionals are encouraged to enter daily for a chance to win. Learn more about the 2020 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes and read the full rules.

The Sweepstakes builds an exciting pathway to STEM success for K-12 students and schools by supplementing Siemens STEM Day–the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education partnership program providing more than 160 no-cost, hands-on STEM activities aligned to national teaching standards to help innovate curriculum.

“The Siemens Foundation is committed to closing the opportunity gap for underserved students to prepare them for STEM careers and economic self-sufficiency,” said David Etzwiler, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Foundation. “The 2020 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes is yet another way to ignite our future scientists and engineers.”

“The 2020 Possibility Grant and Siemens STEM Day inspires today’s learners for the STEM careers of tomorrow with engaging and innovative resources that help them explore their world,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “The partnership with Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education empowers K-12 students to engineer their dreams.”

This is the fourth year of the Possibility Grant Sweepstakes. Previous winning schools include: Sugar Hill Elementary School, Gainesville, GA; Fort White Elementary School, Fort White, FL; and Lithonia High School, Lithonia, GA.

Learn more about the 2020 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes and Siemens STEM Day at SiemensSTEMDay.com and within Discovery Education Experience.

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About the Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $122 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. The Siemens 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 closing 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. For further information, visit http://www.siemens-foundation.org/ or follow @sfoundation.

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
Caroline Cassidy, Siemens USA, caroline.cassidy@siemens.com
Grace Maliska, Discovery Education, gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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Novo Nordisk and Discovery Education Award $10,000 Grants to 2020 ‘Super Health, Super You’ Community Challenge Winners

More than one million students nationwide enabled to advance healthy living in their communities.

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, February 4, 2020)Novo Nordisk and Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—announced the winners of the annual Super Health, Super You Community Challenge. Three U.S. schools, Claxton Elementary School in Greensboro, NC, Rose Acres Elementary School in Maryland Heights, MO, and Hasty Elementary School in Canton, GA, received $10,000 grants to implement innovative health solutions in local communities.

Super Health, Super You recognizes the important role school communities play in supporting the wellbeing of educators and students. The Community Challenge inspires elementary school students to develop a creative plan for solving a health-related problem. Novo Nordisk and Discovery Education selected Challenge winners based upon submissions fulfilling three categories that successfully demonstrated solutions to fundamental community health issues.

Super Health, Super You has helped initiate healthy lifestyle conversations in schools, and has helped encourage students to think about and develop ways to make their schools and communities healthier places to live,” said Todd Hobbs, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Novo Nordisk in North America. “It’s been a pleasure witnessing the ingenuity of these students who have become health heroes for their communities.”

“Discovery Education salutes the inspirational work of the 2020 Novo Nordisk Super Health, Super You Challenge recipients,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “Health proves essential to the wellbeing of the whole community, and the winning projects pave the way for innovative community health.”

Novo Nordisk and Discovery Education launched Super Health, Super You in August 2017 to initiate healthy lifestyle conversations in elementary classrooms and school communities across the country. Throughout the three years of the Challenge, Novo Nordisk provided nine schools each with a $10,000 grant, including three Title 1 schools, while also enabling more than one million students nationwide advance healthy living in their communities.

The 2020 Super Health, Super You Community Challenge grant recipients and their award-winning ideas are listed below.

Nutrition and Gardens Strand
Rose Acres Elementary School (Maryland Heights, MO)
Grand Prize Concept: Let’s GROW!
Award: $10,000 to build a greenhouse and hydroponic garden
Students will get hands-on exposure to bio-science, plant life cycles, and growing food in their proposed new greenhouse and hydroponic garden. Students will be exposed to new fruits and vegetables and learn how to incorporate them into a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Physical Activity Winner
Claxton Elementary School (Greensboro, NC)
Grand Prize Concept: Active Classrooms: Engaged Students
Award: $10,000 for exercise equipment and associated teacher training
Claxton Elementary School aims to provide every classroom with the tools and training needed to implement consistent exercise and movement breaks into regular instruction. Students would be able to choose flexible seating options like yoga balls and wobble stools and will benefit from additional exercise equipment for outdoor recess time.

Grand Prize and Title I Winner
Hasty Elementary School (Canton, GA)
Grand Prize Concept: Path to Becoming
Award: $10,000 to develop a sensory walking path
Soon students at Hasty Elementary School will benefit from a new walking path designed for outdoor self-reflection. The school sees the path as a place for exercise, as well as a safe place to enjoy nature and think freely about goals and the social-emotional connections students experience.

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About Novo Nordisk
Novo Nordisk provides innovative medicines to help people living with diabetes lead longer, healthier lives for 95 years. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious diseases including obesity, hemophilia and growth disorders. We remain steadfast in our conviction that the formula for success is to stay focused, think long term and do business in a financially, socially and environmentally responsible way. With U.S. headquarters in New Jersey and production and research facilities in four states, Novo Nordisk employs nearly 6,000 people throughout the country. For more information, visit novonordisk.usFacebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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
Grace Maliska
gmaliska@discoveryed.com

Novo Nordisk
Marisa Sharkey
mzsx@novonordisk.com

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3M and Discovery Education Search for America’s Next Top Young Scientist in 2020 Premier Middle School Science Competition

Competition Provides Young Innovators with an Unparalleled Experience and the Opportunity to Showcase STEM Ingenuity and Real-World Problem Solving

St. Paul, Minn. and Silver Spring, Md.  (Wednesday, January 29, 2020) 3M, the global science and innovation leader, and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced the opening of the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). The annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge recruits students in grades 5-8 to compete for an exclusive mentorship with a 3M scientist, the $25,000 grand prize and earn the title of America’s Top Young Scientist. Competition entries are accepted at www.YoungScientistLab.com until the April 21, 2020 deadline.

The nation’s premier middle school science competition enters its thirteenth year of fostering a new generation of students who are inspired to improve the world through science and innovation. Each year, the program recognizes 10 finalists and up to 50 state merit winners nationwide who have demonstrated a passion for solving everyday problems. Previous challenge finalists have collaborated with 3M scientists to create solutions to a wide variety of real-world problems, including water conservation, noise pollution, energy consumption and public transportation efficiency. Last year’s winner, 14-year old Kara Fan, invented a first aid liquid bandage to reduce antibiotic overuse.

It’s easy for students to enter the 3M Young Scientist Challenge – it only takes an idea to get started and no prototypes or fancy labs are required. Students are invited to create a one to two-minute video communicating the science behind an idea aimed at solving a problem that positively impacts them, their school, family or community. Videos will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic digital cameras. Entries will be evaluated based on their creativity, scientific knowledge, and effective communication skills.  For more information on the contest and rules, or to submit entries, please visit YoungScientistLab.com.

In June 2020, ten finalists will be chosen to participate in an exclusive summer mentorship program, where they will work closely with and learn from a 3M scientist. Each finalist will also receive a trip to the 3M Innovation Center at the company’s headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., to compete at the final event in October 2020.

“At 3M, we are passionate about the application of science to improve our everyday lives.  The 3M Young Scientist Challenge and its summer mentorship program is a unique, immersive experience for students to explore innovation and nurture their ideas from concept to working prototype,” said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president, Corporate Affairs at 3M. “Year after year, it’s a true pleasure to work alongside young leaders as they imagine and discover what is possible through the power of science.”

Since its inception, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists to give them real-world insights and delivered science resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country. 3M Young Scientist Challenge learning resources, including classroom interactives and family activities, are available at no cost at YoungScientistLab.com.

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with 3M and power a program that shines light upon the innate curiosities and wonder of young scientists,” said Lori McFarling, president of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “As we collectively embrace unknowns of the future ahead, we look to our youngest leaders to inspire change for the betterment of our world – and ultimately open our eyes to the change that can result from student innovation, commitment and passion for innovation.”

To learn more about the challenge and submit entries, please 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 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, immersive STEM experiences and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning 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:
3M

Robert Brittain
3M Communications
rbrittain@mmm.com
651 733-7034

Rainah Chang-Faulk
rainah.chang-faulk@ketchum.com
(646) 773-7535

Discovery Education
Jackie Kavege
Director, Corporate Education Partnerships
jkavege@discoveryed.com
(202) 304-7785

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USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education Invite Students to Promote Empathy, Understanding, and Respect Through the ‘Stronger Than Hate Challenge’

Launch of the 2020 ‘Stronger Than Hate Challenge’ Honors International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Encouraging a Student-Led Social Movement to Counter Hate Through the Power of Story

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, January 27, 2020) – In observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, USC Shoah Foundation—The Institute for Visual History and Education (USC Shoah Foundation), and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, announced today the second annual Stronger Than Hate Challenge.

The Stronger Than Hate Challenge builds upon a USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education no-cost and standards-aligned educational program, Teaching with Testimony, which empowers students to create a better future by listening to and learning from the powerful testimony of survivors and witnesses of genocide.

Winners are eligible to receive up to $10,000 in prizes, including a trip to USC Shoah Foundation’s Global Headquarters in Los Angeles, California to learn directly from expert storytellers. See official rules for more details.

“The Stronger Than Hate Challenge advances USC Shoah Foundation’s mission to develop empathy and respect through testimony by offering students a creative and educational outlet to share stories from their communities,” said Dr. Claudia Wiedeman, USC Shoah Foundation Director of Education. “At conclusion of last year’s Challenge, we were incredibly impressed by the quality of work so many students presented. We look forward to the new ideas and imaginative ways more students will express themselves to counter antisemitism and other forms of hatred.”

“Participation in the Challenge raises student voices in order to make positive changes for humanity,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We’re grateful for the partnership with USC Shoah Foundation to foster the use of testimony amongst students in establishing respect, love, and kindness. With the support of educators, the classroom provides a unique environment for students engaging with the Challenge to examine past stories of those who survived injustice.”

Submission rules for the 2020 Stronger Than Hate Challenge:

  • Enter online at teachingwithtestimony.com/challenge.
  • Open to students ages 13+ in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.
  • Students may work individually or in groups of 2-4 to submit projects in the form of a video, poem, song, blog or other media that demonstrate the power of storytelling to connect people and overcome hate.
  • Take action through self-directed learning, a classroom experience, or with families at home.
  • Open January 27, 2020 through June 2, 2020.

Learn more about the Challenge and the partnership at TeachingwithTestimony.com/challenge and within Discovery Education Experience.

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About USC Shoah Foundation

USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education develops empathy, understanding and respect through testimony, using its Visual History Archive of more than 55,000 video testimonies, award-winning IWitness education program, and the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. USC Shoah Foundation’s interactive programming, research and materials are accessed in museums and universities, cited by government leaders and NGOs, and taught in classrooms around the world. Now in its third decade, USC Shoah Foundation reaches millions of people on six continents from its home at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California.

 

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

Ron Demeter, USC Shoah Foundation, uscsfpress@usc.edu

Grace Maliska, Discovery Education, gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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The American Heart Association, the National Football League, and Discovery Education team up to take students on a Virtual Field Trip

The NFL PLAY 60 Huddle Up and Get Moving! Virtual Field Trip transports students to Super Bowl LIV while getting hearts pumping in classrooms nationwide.

Silver Spring, Md. (January 23, 2020) Getting active for 60 minutes a day is critical as kids who are regularly active have a better chance of a healthy adulthood, but only 20% of kids get enough activity to meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans[1]. That’s why the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, and the National Football League (NFL) in production collaboration with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are working together to make physical activity fun and inspire healthy lifestyles.

At 1 p.m. EST on Jan. 30, the NFL PLAY 60 Huddle Up and Get Moving! Virtual Field Trip will premier. Broadcast in classrooms across the country, the Virtual Field Trip gives students a behind-the-scenes look at the Miami Dolphins practice facility and stadium, which is home to Super Bowl LIV. Students will also learn ways to strengthen their muscles and hearts with Miami Dolphins players and cheerleaders. The virtual event makes physical activity fun and inspires healthy lifestyles through cardio and strengthening exercises. The livestream encourages classrooms to get active and give back to their community as part of the NFL’s Huddle for 100 initiative, which is asking people to volunteer 100 minutes of their time for a total of 100 million minutes to celebrate the NFL’s 100th season.

“Working together with the American Heart Association on PLAY 60, we’re excited for another Virtual Field Trip that will get youth across the country moving towards a healthier and more active lifestyle,” said Anna Isaacson, SVP of Social Responsibility, NFL. “Encouraging students to volunteer in their communities through this year’s Virtual Field Trip as part of the NFL’s Huddle for 100 emphasizes the importance of giving back which has been a constant theme throughout NFL100.”

Now through Super Bowl LIV, educators and students can Huddle to Play it Forward by getting out and volunteering to improve their school community or neighborhood. Participants are encouraged to share a photo or 15-second video of their classroom demonstrating healthy behaviors in the community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #GetMovingPLAY60.

“Starting in childhood, lifelong healthy eating and regular physical activity are key to great cardiovascular health and to preventing heart disease and its risk factors. Engaging children in PLAY 60 is a strategy to make movement fun,” said Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., MPH, the American Heart Association’s chief medical officer for prevention. “Active kids learn better. When kids are active, they focus more, think more clearly, react to stress more calmly, and perform and behave better in the classroom. Kids who are physically active as kids will help build healthy kids and future generations of adults with great health.”

The NFL and the American Heart Association have teamed up since 2006 to inspire kids through a fun and engaging way to get physically active. In addition to the NFL PLAY 60 Huddle Up and Get Moving! Virtual Field Trip, the American Heart Association and the NFL offer the free PLAY 60 app, which has been redesigned this year to help kids get more movement throughout the day. The PLAY 60 app allows users to control personalized avatars onscreen with their own physical movement. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

Registration for the NFL PLAY 60 Huddle Up and Get Moving! Virtual Field Trip is now open at heart-nflplay60.com/register. To learn more about this program and to access the free resources, visit aha-nflplay60.discoveryeducation.com.

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About NFL PLAY 60

For a decade, NFL PLAY 60 has brought together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations to increase physical activity among youth. Since the program was launched in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $352 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants, and media time for public service announcements. The NFL and its teams have constructed more than 265 NFL Youth Fitness Zones and integrated programs into over 73,000 schools since the campaign launched. NFL PLAY 60 is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs. For more information, visit NFL.com/PLAY60.

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.

For Media Inquiries:

American Heart Association
Linzy Cotaya: 504-872-3446 or 214-706-1173; linzy.cotaya@heart.org
For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)
heart.org and stroke.org

NFL
Jordyn White
Jordyn.White@nfl.com

Discovery Education
Jackie Kavege
jkavege@discoveryed.com

[1]  Department of Health and Human Services, Physical Activity Guidelines, page 14. Available for download here: https://health.gov/paguidelines/default.aspx

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