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New ‘Be Vape Free’ Initiative to Tackle Youth Vaping Epidemic Through Schools

Initiative leverages evidence-based CATCH My Breath program to empower educators to promote healthy choices among youth–

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, December 17, 2019 ): This week Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K – 12 classrooms nationwide, in partnership with CATCH Global Foundation, a public charity dedicated to the development and dissemination of evidence-based health programs, and the CVS Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CVS Health, launched Be Vape Free, a nationwide initiative to provide standards-aligned, no-cost, e-cigarette prevention resources for educators teaching grades 5 – 12. Be Vape Free will serve to expand the use of CATCH My Breath, a proven effective vaping prevention program, to combat the growing vaping epidemic by arming educators, parents, and communities with easy-to-use tools that will help students make smart, informed, and healthy choices for life. The CVS Health Foundation is providing a $3 million commitment to fund this multi-year collaboration.

According to newly released data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, vaping among youth continued its upward trend in 2019 with nearly one in four high school students reporting vaping in the past 30 days. “It’s more important than ever that students know the risks behind e-cigarettes and that educators and parents are provided with the tools to ensure that those who haven’t started never will,” said Duncan Van Dusen, Founder and CEO of CATCH Global Foundation.

CATCH My Breath, a program created by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health and disseminated by CATCH Global Foundation, is an evidence-based program for grades 5 – 12 that has been shown to nearly halve the number of kids who go on to try e-cigarettes within the next year. Educators are encouraged to download the new 5th grade CATCH My Breath Core Program Bundle developed as part of Be Vape Free, which features classroom lessons and activities that identify the health risks of e-cigarettes alongside the benefits of being tobacco-free, expose vaping and tobacco marketing tactics, and help students develop, practice and demonstrate refusal skills. With a classroom guide and ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation, educators have the tools at their fingertips to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will help them make informed decisions about their health and well-being. CVS Health has also provided a three-year grant to provide the CATCH My Breath program free of charge to schools across the country.

“It is clear that we all have an important role to play in providing young people with factual information related to their health and the potential risks associated with vaping,” said Judy Uhrig from Mount Tabor High School, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. “Resources like those found in the CATCH My Breath Core Program Bundle will be vital to helping educators start these conversations in the classroom, while aligning lessons to core curriculum.”

“We’ve all seen the news of vaping-related lung illnesses and other health risks,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Partnerships, Discovery Education. “This partnership between Discovery Education, CATCH Global Foundation and the CVS Health Foundation will expand access to turnkey materials to aid educators in supporting the fight against this growing epidemic.”

Be Vape Free also features two Supplementary Lesson Bundles for CATCH My Breath, with resources that can be introduced into everyday 5th grade classroom curricula. These lessons offer an interdisciplinary approach, tying to social studies, math, language arts, and other subjects to teach students about state laws regarding cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and the toxic chemicals found in both.

“Since CVS Pharmacy pulled cigarettes from its shelves more than five years ago, the CVS Health Foundation has worked to help create the first tobacco free generation through our Be The First initiative,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Health Foundation. “We know that young people who vape are at a higher risk of becoming cigarette smokers, which is why we are so proud to work with the CATCH Global Foundation and Discovery Education to bring these meaningful prevention resources to classrooms across the country.”

The Be Vape Free initiative will help ensure that everyone—students, parents, educators, and other community members—has access to no-cost, preventative resources to help educate and empower young people. Additional community resources are scheduled to be released in 2020, along with expanded resources for the existing versions of the CATCH My Breath middle and high school program.

With the support of educators and all community members, the Be Vape Free initiative is on a mission to foster the first vape-free generation.  For more information visit BeVapeFree.com.

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CATCH Global Foundation
CATCH Global Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity founded in 2014. Our mission is to improve children’s health worldwide by developing, disseminating and sustaining the CATCH platform in collaboration with researchers at UTHealth. The Foundation links underserved schools and communities to the resources necessary to create and sustain healthy change for future generations. https://www.catch.org 

CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K–12 classrooms. Through award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, 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:

CATCH Global Foundation
Brooks Ballard
brooks@catch.org

CVS Health Foundation
Erin Shields Britt
Erin.Britt@cvshealth.com

Discovery Education
Jackie Kavege
jkavege@discoveryed.com

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The Tech Interactive and Discovery Education Launch ‘Tech for Tomorrow’

Program equips classrooms with engaging resources for Design Challenge Learning and STEAM instruction

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, December 12, 2019)The Tech Interactive and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, have partnered to create Tech for Tomorrow, an education program providing virtual access to exhibits from The Tech Interactive, Design Challenge Learning activities and interactive classroom resources for students in grades 4-8.

Tech for Tomorrow is an education program designed to highlight the ways technology and innovation can better our world. The program provides no-cost resources that aim to introduce students to today’s cutting-edge technology and inspire them to create enduring innovations for the future.

“The Tech Interactive is on a mission to power curiosity, and introduce every student to the ways that technology can make an impact,” said Gretchen Walker, vice president of learning at The Tech Interactive. “We’re proud to partner with Discovery Education to provide classrooms across the country with free, engaging resources for Design Challenge Learning, STEAM instruction and more.”

Through Tech for Tomorrow’s digital resources, students will explore technology’s role in solving some of the world’s greatest challenges. Design Challenge Learning is a dynamic way for learners to become problem-solvers by engaging with real-world problems.

“Design challenges have definitely had a positive impact on my students, especially for those who are tactile learners and whose learning style may differ from traditional instructional pedagogy,” said Billy Aguilar, a sixth-grade teacher at Brownell Middle School.

On February 6, 2020, Tech for Tomorrow will launch its first Virtual Field Trip. In addition, a ‘Tech for Global Good’ resource will be released for Earth Day in March 2020.

Tech for Tomorrow prepares students to think differently about ordinary and extraordinary problems,” said Lori McFarling, president of corporate partnerships at Discovery Education. “Through this partnership, we can ensure that every student can receive the benefits of Design Challenge Learning and experience how the limitless possibilities of technology can make an impact upon our future.”

Tech for Tomorrow resources are available at no-cost at www.techfortomorrow.com and within Discovery Education Experience, a comprehensive digital service that helps build critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills needed for success beyond graduation.

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About The Tech Interactive
The Tech Interactive is a family-friendly science and technology center in the heart of downtown San Jose. Our hands-on activities, experimental labs and design challenge experiences empower people to innovate with creativity, curiosity and compassion. The Tech is a world leader in the creation of immersive STEAM education resources to develop the next generation of problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally. We believe that everyone is born an innovator who can change the world for the better.

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:

The Tech Interactive
Tara Komar
tkomar@thetech.org
(408) 795-6346

Discovery Education
Jackie Kavege
jkavege@discoveryed.com
(202) 304-7785

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Discovery Education Launch ‘Speak Truth to Power’ Educator Master Class Series

New video series encourages educators to bring human rights content into their classrooms.

Silver Spring, Md. (Dec. 10, 2019) – In celebration of Human Rights Day, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (RFK Human Rights) and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, have announced the addition of new resources to the ‘Speak Truth to Power’ program, including a five-part Master Class video series and expanded classroom activities.

“’Speak Truth to Power’ was created to share the power and importance of covering human rights issues in the classroom, and equipping students with the tools to become involved in social justice issues,” said President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Kerry Kennedy. “This video series ensures that teachers feel at ease teaching Human Rights topics to their students by aligning instruction to important trends in education.”

Topics covered in the video series include:

  • Real world applications of ‘Speak Truth to Power’: How stories told through the program are relevant in students’ lives and how they can gain insight and inspiration to take action.
  • Cross-curricular ties to academic expectations: How human rights issues relate to science, mathematics, language arts, the performing arts, and other academic areas.
  • Applications within the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards: How instruction in human rights issues helps students develop questions, plan inquiries, apply disciplinary tools and concepts, evaluate sources and use evidence, communicate conclusions, and take informed action.
  • Social and emotional learning: How Speak Truth to Power aligns with CASEL competencies: Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making.
  • Alignment with 21st Century skills (critical thinking, communication, collaboration & creativity): How educators can expand students’ skills to prepare them for life and careers of the future.

The series has been created to demonstrate how educators can implement ‘Speak Truth to Power’ in their classrooms, as well as show how the program aligns to current education trends.

“Discovery Education is humbled to work alongside Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to create resources that support educators when covering a topic as important as human rights,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We look forward to sharing this impactful video series with teachers across the country and empowering them to bring these critical lessons back to the classroom.”

To encourage educators to bring human rights content into the classroom, the video series will feature five ‘Speak Truth to Power’ teachers who are leading the way in Human Rights education, including:

  • Estella Owoimaha-Church / Los Angeles, CA
  • Robin DeLuca-Acconi / Stony Brook, NY
  • Mona Al-Hayani / Toledo, OH
  • Chris Buckley / Brookfield, CT
  • Michelle Haddix / Indianapolis, IN

“’Speak Truth to Power’ has given both me and my students the courage to fight injustice,” said Michelle Haddix, an educator featured in the series. “I hope that by creating this Master Class, I have inspired fellow teachers to take a stand with their students and join a community of dedicated human rights educators.”

In addition to the video series, ‘Speak Truth to Power’ will be releasing three new defender classroom activities that are aligned to the stories of the the Dalai Lama, Gabor Gombos and Loune Viaud.

‘Speak Truth to Power’ offers immersive educational experiences and unique, multi-platform online learning tools, including: standards-aligned digital resources, video vignettes, a virtual field trip, an interactive map, biographies and thought-provoking classroom activities to tell the unforgettable stories of established human rights activists with the goal of helping students further explore pathways to become champions of justice in their own communities.

Resources are available at no-cost at http://speaktruthtopowerinschool.com/ and within Discovery Education Experience, an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas.

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About Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights:
Led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has advocated for a more just and peaceful world since 1968. We work alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations. Whether in the United States or abroad, our programs have pursued justice through strategic litigation on key human rights issues, educated millions of children in human rights advocacy and fostered a social good approach to business and investment.

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:

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Minhee Cho
mcho@rfkhumanrights.org

Discovery Education
Jackie Kavege
jkavege@discoveryed.com

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Discovery Education and Business Leaders Launch First-of-Its-Kind Initiative Focused on Accelerating the Growth of America’s STEM Pipeline

–New STEM Careers Coalition to Bridge STEM Industries and Classrooms at Scale by Providing Access to STEM Experiences and Instructional Resources in Schools Nationwide–

Silver Spring, MD (November 8, 2019) Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, content, and professional development for K – 12 classrooms nationwide, announced today the launch of the STEM Careers Coalition.  With a focus on equity and access, the STEM Careers Coalition unites the business community with the shared goal of accelerating the growth of America’s STEM pipeline. The STEM Careers Coalition aims to prepare 10 million students for the future of work by 2025 by providing no-cost access to digital content and experiences that engage students in instruction, build foundational STEM knowledge, and develop the critical 21st Century skills students need for college and career success.

The anchor partner organizations who have provided initial seed funding and support to power the initiative’s launch include Chevron, The Manufacturing Institute, the American Petroleum Institute (API), Boeing, Microsoft, and Best Buy. These industry leaders depend on a strong pipeline of STEM-ready students to drive their businesses and the American economy forward, and thus are aligned on a shared mission to accelerate the elevation of STEM career pathways for students, parents and guardians in public, private, charter, and tribal schools nationwide.

Coalition member companies are catalyzing and engaging in regional approaches to workforce development by creating connected pathways for students through K-12, postsecondary education, and the STEM workforce. In addition to providing no-cost STEM experiences and career resources to schools nationwide, Coalition members will also underwrite Discovery Education STEM Connect in local communities identified by the partners. Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering, STEM Connect is an interdisciplinary resource that enhances core curriculum and helps students build valuable problem-solving skills as they develop and apply solutions to important real-world challenges. Rooted in authoritative research, users become part of a global student laboratory to share data and collaborate with others around the world. District leaders and educators may now apply online to be considered for Coalition scholarships, with preference given to schools in under-resourced communities.

The initiative officially launched today with an event at the Carnegie Institution for Science, featuring a keynote address by former astronaut, science advocate and NFL player Leland Melvin and a panel discussion focusing on STEM solutions and workforce preparedness. In his remarks, Melvin shared his experiences as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer, and musician to reinforce the necessity of closing the inspiration gap and supporting the next generation of students in pursuit Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) careers. Guests included leaders from education, industry and government who are invested in preparing the next generation of solution seekers and leveraging the power of technology to close the awareness gap.

“The STEM Careers Coalition will connect classrooms to careers at unprecedented scale, said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Partnerships, Discovery Education. “We believe that through direct investment in schools with a focus on equity of access, engagement of Coalition member employees, and exposure to digitally immersive STEM career experiences, more students will have the opportunity to envision their future in STEM and emerge as the STEM leaders of the future to fill the ever-growing careers pipeline.”

The Coalition will provide no-cost resources to engage both educators and students in effective STEM instruction. “Through the generosity of the Coalition partners, students will have access to an array of STEM-focused resources, such as virtual field trips, digital instructional assets, career exploration videos, and more,” said Marla Wilson, Senior Director of the Coalition.

Over time, the efforts of the Coalition are expected to result in increased awareness as it relates to STEM and STEM careers. During its first five years, there will be a dedicated effort to study the execution and impact of the initiative’s efforts, anchored by a multi-year study conducted by McRel International will explore the implementation of STEM resources in classrooms supported by the Coalition.

For businesses and organizations interested in learning more about joining the STEM Careers Coalition and school districts interested in learning more about the scholarship process, please visit https://stemcareerscoalition.org/.

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Access to STEM Careers Coalition Media Resources

About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Serving more than 5 million educators and 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

Discovery Education
Stephen Wakefield
Email: SWakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (240) 463-2894

Jackie Kavege
Email: jkavege@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 304-7785

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USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education Bring the Power of Story to Life in ‘Our Stories are Stronger Than Hate’ Virtual Field Trip

— Virtual Event Empowers Students in Grades 5-12 to Take Action
Against the Growing Wave of Racism and Intolerance in our Nation —

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, November 5, 2019) – 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, invite students in grades 5-12 to take part in a powerful virtual experience this afternoon.

Based on the idea that everyone has a story to tell – from filmmakers, to survivors of genocide, to artists, to middle and high school students – ‘Our Stories are Stronger Than Hate’ gives students tools to counter bullying, prejudice, and the growing hate in our schools by listening to stories and testimonies that build empathy, understanding, and human connections. Premiering at 1 p.m. EST on Nov. 5, 2019, educators are encouraged to register their class for this impactful event here.  ‘Our Stories are Stronger Than Hate’ will be available on-demand at teachingwithtestimony.com/virtual-field-trip.

‘Our Stories are Stronger Than Hate’ will transport students to USC Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles to hear from powerful voices including:

  • Steven Spielberg: Founder of USC Shoah Foundation and one of the most prominent storytellers of our time
  • Eva Schloss: Holocaust survivor, speaker, author as well as friend and posthumous stepsister of diarist Anne Frank
  • Samantha Grady: College student, musician, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor
  • David Kassan: Acclaimed realist painter whose artwork captures humanity and portrays the stories of Holocaust survivors

By listening to these transformative voices, students will feel inspired to take steps toward countering hate, whether at school, in the community, or in the world.

“Only when we proactively counter hate can we work to resolve it. Through Teaching with Testimony and today’s virtual field trip, we can empower students to find their voice and to confront hate in their communities,” said Dr. Claudia Wiedeman, Director of Education. “And now more than ever we need to share powerful testimonies of empathy and courage that can show we all have the innate potential to change the future.”

USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education will host a live Twitter chat during the premiere using the hashtag #StrongerThanHateVFT. Educators are encouraged to join the conversation and download the accompanying standards-aligned educator guide, which helps illuminate strategies for how to talk to students about these difficult topics.

“By giving students an opportunity to stand up against hate and find their voice, we reinforce the importance of building empathy and understanding for one another,” said Karen Wells, Library Media Specialist at Midland High School in Pleasant Plains, Ark. “Thanks to free resources like today’s virtual field trip and Teaching with Testimony, educators everywhere can ensure that students have access to meaningful and actionable curricula that has the power to impact real, positive change.”

‘Our Stories are Stronger Than Hate’ is part of Teaching with Testimony, an educational program designed for grades 5-12 that challenges students to employ empathy, build critical-thinking skills, and become inspired to create a brighter future after listening to firsthand accounts from survivors and witnesses of genocide. In addition to being deeply integrated into sections of Discovery Education’s Social Studies TechbookDiscovery Education Experience, and Espresso, the program includes digitally immersive classroom resources, an annual student video challenge, and activities that provide educators with the tools they need to teach students to ultimately counter hate and respond to injustice.

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

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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:

USC Shoah Foundation
Rob Kuznia
rkuznia@usc.edu

Discovery Education
Jackie Kavege
jkavege@discoveryed.com

 

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14-Year-Old Named America’s Top Young Scientist

–Kara Fan Wins Top Prize at 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her Nano-Silver Liquid Bandage Innovation–

St. Paul, Minn. and Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, October 30, 2019) –3M (@3M) and Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd), have named 14-year-old Kara Fan from San Diego, California, the winner of the 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). Kara invented a first aid liquid bandage using nano-silver technology to reduce the risk of superbug infections caused by antibiotic overuse.

Using the biosynthesis method—a multi-step, enzyme-catalyzed process where substrates are converted into more complex products in living organisms—Kara created a nano-silver (AgNP) solution using lemon leaf and silver nitrate to effectively kill and prevent the growth of bacteria. Her solution was tested using the Kirby-Bauer Method against Staphylococcus epidermidis, E. coli K12 and Bacillus subtilis on a Petri plate to measure the zone of inhibition (the circular area around the spot of the antibiotic use in which bacteria colonies do not grow). Finally, Kara mixed the nano-silver solution with a water-soluble polymer (PVP) to create the liquid bandage.

Kara formulated a nano-silver liquid bandage to replace the use of more commonly used over-the-counter antibiotics ointments and first aid treatments. With her invention, Kara hopes to reduce the number of incidents related to drug-resistant infections.

Kara, a ninth-grader at Westview High School, Poway Unified School District, competed against nine other finalists during a live competition at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. October 28-29. As the winner of this year’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge, Kara was awarded the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” as well a $25,000 cash prize and a surprise destination trip.

“Our communities want science to solve the world’s toughest challenges; we hear this in our research on the State of Science. This year’s finalists have truly inspired us with their ingenious efforts to think innovatively and solve real-world problems,” said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president, corporate affairs at 3M. “As a company that remains deeply committed to STEM education and advancement, we wish this next generation of science leaders the best on their continued journey. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Kara Fan, and all our Young Scientist Challenge finalists.”

As part of the program, challenge finalists had the unique opportunity to work one on one with a 3M scientist to transform their ideas from concept to physical prototype as part of the competition’s mentorship program. Kara was paired with Sara Frisco, a 3M advanced product development engineer in the commercial solutions division.

At the final event, finalists presented their inventions to a panel of scientists and leaders from 3M and Discovery Education. In addition to presenting their prototypes, finalists were also paired up to compete in two mini-challenges in which they used 3M technologies and materials to solve, and were evaluated on skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication and problem-solving.

This year’s Young Scientist Challenge finalists received a variety of prizes from 3M and Discovery Education. The second, third and fourth place winners each received a $1,000 prize and one of a kind destination trip. These extraordinary students are:

In second place, Caroline Crouchley, an eighth-grader at Garden City Middle School from Garden City, New York, developed a sustainable method of public transportation that eliminates the need for a diesel engine or electric motor in trains.

In third place, Jordan Prawira, an eighth-grader at Altamont Elementary School from Mountain House, California, invented a wind turbine inspired by hurricane formation concepts to improve the performance and efficiency of current wind turbines.

In fourth place, Camellia Sharma, a seventh-grader at George H. Moody Middle School from Glen Allen, Virginia, developed a water leakage detection system to identify underground water leakage and reduce the estimated 48.6 billion cubic meters of water lost annually through current distribution systems worldwide.

The fifth through tenth place winners each received a $1,000 prize and a $500 excitations gift cardThese finalists, in alphabetical order by last name, are:

  • Samyak Shrimali from Portland, Ore., a ninth-grader at Jesuit High School
  • Reshma Kosaraju from San Jose, Calif., an eighth-grader at Harker Middle School
  • Jaya Choudhary from Canton, Mich., an eighth-grader at Canton Charter Academy
  • Nishant Lahiri from Corning, N.Y., a ninth-grader at Corning-Painted Post High School
  • Faraz Tamboli from Plainsboro, N.J., a seventh-grader at Community Middle School
  • Yosef “Joey” Granillo from University City, Mo., a sixth-grader at PEGS-Program at Rose Acres Elementary

“Discovery Education is so proud to partner with 3M on the Young Scientist Challenge and the Young Scientist Lab program,” said Lori McFarling, president of corporate partnerships, Discovery Education.  “We are all inspired by the finalists’ passion for solving real-world problems and making the world a better place through their curiosity, innovation and commitment.”

For the first time in competition history, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge named a recipient of the inaugural Improving Lives Award. This year’s winner is Reshma Kosaraju, an eighth-grader from San Jose, Calif., who was selected through an online public voting period from October 14-25, 2019. Reshma was recognized for her innovative solution to prevent and predict instances of forest fires using machine learning and neural networks. As part of this recognition, Reshma will receive a one of a kind destination trip.

The 3M Young Scientist Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists, and the 3M Young Scientist Lab program in partnership with Discovery Education has delivered much-needed science resources to millions of students, teachers, and families across the country. The challenge targets students during the years when research shows that their interest in science begins to wane, and instead encourages them to find creative ways to explore solving real-world problems using the scientific method. Winners have gone on to be featured in Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, speak in front of members of Congress and attendees at the United Nations, meet the President of the United States and demonstrate inventions on national television programs such as ABC World News Tonight, Fox & Friends, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

To download hi-resolution images of the 2019 science competition, click here. For more information on the 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge and to learn more about this year’s finalists, go to www.YoungScientistLab.com. 3M Young Scientist Challenge materials are also available through Discovery Education Experience platform.

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About 3M:
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 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’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
Rainah Chang-Faulk
rainah.chang-faulk@ketchum.com
(646) 773-7535

 
Discovery Education
Jackie Kavege
jkavege@discoveryed.com
(202) 304-7785

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CITGO and Discovery Education Introduce the CITGO Fueling Education™ Student Challenge

–Students in grades 5-8 invited to identify local issues and develop solutions created to make a world of difference in their community–

Silver Spring, Md. (Oct. 25, 2019) – CITGO Petroleum Corporation and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, announce the opening of the CITGO Fueling Education Student Challenge. The first-annual challenge invites elementary and middle school students to apply STEM skills to develop a solution for a better, more sustainable world.

Participating as individuals or groups of 2-4, students in grades 5-8 are asked to identify a community problem that aligns to one of the four topic areas, and propose a solution that follows a 4Cs (critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity) framework. Challenge topic areas are created to align to four of the seventeen United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs): safety and well-being, quality education, sustainable cities and communities, and life on land.

Students will submit a 1–2-minute video that discusses their chosen problem, the topic area it aligns to and their solution to the problem. Students will use research, persuasion, organization, and communication to inform their solution to the problem. Fueling Education Classroom Resources are designed to help students brainstorm for the challenge. Entries will be accepted now through February 13, 2020.

“The CITGO Fueling Education Student Challenge will give learners the opportunity to apply the skills they are learning in the classroom to a real-world problem,” said Megan Brown, Curriculum Specialist – STEAM, Anaheim Elementary School District.  “The importance of hands-on learning experiences cannot be overemphasized, especially related to reinforcement of the STEM skills that will be vital to students’ future success.”

Prizes for the CITGO Fueling Education Student Challenge include:

  • Grand Prize: One team or individual receives a total of $20,000.
  • 2nd Place: One team or individual receives a total of $10,000.
  • 3rd Place: One team or individual receives a total of $5,000.
  • School Prizing: Schools with five or more entries will be put into a random drawing for a chance to win a $2,000 scholarship. One school will be eligible to win.

“The way we work, live and experience the world is evolving, and we must look toward our next generation of leaders to help solve tomorrow’s issues. By working with Discovery Education to launch this first-ever challenge, we aim to fuel imagination so students can explore the unique challenges facing their local communities,” said Kate Robbins, General Manager Corporate Communications. “We’re excited to see what’s possible when we provide students with the opportunity to become agents of change.”

CITGO and Discovery Education launched Fueling Education with a vision to supply educators with the resources to make STEM learning not only a priority, but a necessity. CITGO aims to inspire students to make positive impacts on their communities, promote student innovation and problem-solving and pave the way for the next generation of leaders.

“The Fueling Education program will serve to empower educators with resources to help upper elementary and middle school students practice STEM skills with a range of practical classroom activities, and open up new avenues for career exploration,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Partnerships, Discovery Education. “As the growth of STEM occupations continues to outpace overall U.S. job growth, it is vital that we are all working to prepare students for long-term success in the workforce of the future.”

Fueling Education resources are available at no-cost at https://www.fuelingeducation.com and within Discovery Education Experience. An award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, Discovery Education Experience helps build the important critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills needed for success beyond graduation.

For more information about the CITGO Fueling Education™ Student Challenge, please visit https://www.fuelingeducation.com/student-challenge/about-challenge.

About CITGO:

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is U.S.-based petroleum company with a rich heritage of more than 100 years. CITGO operates three refineries located in Corpus Christi, Texas; Lake Charles, Louisiana; and Lemont, Illinois, and wholly and/or jointly owns 48 terminals, nine pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,500 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 749,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the fifth-largest and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 4,900 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets in 30 states and the District of Columbia. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc. For more information, visit www.CITGO.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.

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Contacts: 

Citgo
Chad McGinnis
Email: cmcginnis@highlanterngroup.com
Phone: (202) 223.0991

Discovery Education 
Jackie Kavege
Email: jkavege@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 304-7785

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Discovery Education & Corporate Program Partners Recognize Red Ribbon Week with New Resources to Aid in Substance Abuse Prevention

–Comprehensive Instructional Tools Focus on Prevention of Underage Drinking and Opioid and Prescription Medication Misuse–

Silver Spring, MD (October 24, 2019) — Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K – 12 classrooms nationwide, continues to add to the portfolio of Corporate Education Partnership programs that provide students, families, and employees with cross-disciplinary, standards-aligned resources and fact-based evidence to support educating students about the dangers of substance misuse. Aligning with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme of “Send a Message. Stay Drug Free,” these programs provide proactive strategies to help ensure the health, wellbeing, and safety of our students and communities nationwide.

Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix, a program of Responsibility.org in partnership with Discovery Education offers no-cost, standards-aligned lessons and digital resources to teach students in grades 5-7 the science behind how alcohol affects their developing brains, bodies, and behavior. The program features a series of short videos, lesson plans, and parent resources to help kids say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking. A new interactive digital exploration coming this fall will dive into the science of how alcohol impacts the developing brain and strategies to navigate peer pressure. Students will meet Alex, a 6th grade student, who is invited to attend a party where there is likely to be alcohol. Students will learn refusal strategies from the tactics she uses to make smart, healthy, and safe decisions to say “NO” to underage drinking.

Created in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Operation Prevention provides students in grades 3-12 with an in-depth look at the science behind addiction and the extremely harmful impact opioid misuse has on lives of those that become addicted. Three on-demand virtual trips takes students inside opioid addiction and communities coping with the epidemic, and newly updated classroom resources, a self-paced module and parent resources give students in-depth lessons that aid them in making well-informed choices. New workplace resources to be released in the Spring will focus on providing employers with tools to educate and support their employees with information on the opioid crisis, including how opioids affect the brain and body, how to seek treatment, where to find preventative resources, and how to interact with those who have been directly affected.

Dose of Knowledge, a Pharmacists Teach program created in partnership with CVS Health and Discovery Education, officially launches in January 2020 and will feature a suite of digital resources for pharmacists, educators, and students grades 9 – 12, including classroom activities, digital lesson bundles, and student-led digital interactives. The program is aligned to UN Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being and is focused on the importance of healthy lifestyle choices and empowering students with the facts about prescription and illicit drug misuse.

“It is more important than ever that we provide educators, parents and communities with instructional resources to support their efforts to deliver these vital lessons about the dangers of substance misuse,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Discovery Education. “Public health is of key concern to Discovery Education and our partners, and we look forward to continuing the work to ensure that students are prepared to make healthy choices that will benefit their long-term goals and future success.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum, content services, and professional learning opportunities, 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’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 www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contacts:

Discovery Education

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

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Tata Consultancy Services Launches Second Year of ‘Ignite Innovation Student Challenge,’ Powered by Discovery Education

‘Ignite Innovation Student Challenge’ Invites Students to Use Computational Thinking to Create Digital Solutions to Real World Problems

NEW YORK, NY | SILVER SPRING, MD, OCTOBER 22, 2019:  – Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, are launching the second year of igniting innovation through computational thinking.

The TCS’ Ignite Innovation Student Challenge encourages sixth through eighth-grade students to use computational thinking to create digital solutions that improve the world and solve problems impacting TCS’ three social responsibility pillars: Our Planet, Health, and Education. Digital solution ideas will be communicated through 1-2-minute video entries submitted by April 9, 2020. The winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a virtual mentorship with TCS team members and partners.

“TCS is committed to preparing the next generation of young innovators by providing resources to foster their creativity so they can find solutions to societal challenges,” said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS. “We’re excited to see the fresh ideas, spirit and innovation that come out of this year’s TCS’ Ignite Innovation Student Challenge.”

Launched in 2017, Ignite My Future in School is an initiative that combines the best of digital content, lesson plans, career vignettes, and professional learning to help teachers prepare their students for careers of the future. The TCS’ Ignite Innovation Student Challenge launched in 2018 connecting computational thinking strategies and real-world problem solving.

Ignite My Future in School provides educators and students with useful resources that offer hands-on practice applying the concepts of computational thinking,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Discovery Education. “The ‘Ignite Innovation Student Challenge’ takes that practice a step further, empowering students to truly believe in their ability to solve real-world problems.”

Last year’s grand prize winner was eleven-year-old Ryan H. from The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach, CA, who received $10,000 and virtual mentorship from TCS technology experts. Ryan earned recognition for his invention, Early Wildlife Fire Detection Network, an early wildfire detection system that enables firefighters to activate an app on their mobile device using a low-cost wireless field module. In addition to Ryan’s winning innovation, nine other student winners were selected to receive prizes.  Three of the nine winners were recognized for Pillar Prizes in ‘Planet, Health and Education,’ and included

Shraman K. from Meyzeek Middle School in Louisville, KY who won Top Our Planet Pillar Winner for his invention titled Mobile App Foodle. Shraman created a software platform to provide accessible food to homeless people.

Gitanjali R. from STEM School Highland Ranch in Highlands Ranch, CO was named the Top Health Pillar Winner for the invention titled Early Diagnosis of Opioid Addiction. Gitanjali created a kit that would arm physicians with an easy diagnostic tool to identify patients who are on the verge of addiction.

Alexandria C. from Charles P. Murray Middle School in Wilmington, NC was been named the Top Education Pillar Winner for her invention titled Sign Buddy. Alexandria created a cube that translates sign language into spoken English and also translates spoken English into ASL and ESL.

Ignite My Future in School offers educators instructional resources and year-round curriculum support to ensure that computational thinking is embedded into core subjects such as math, sciences, arts and social studies. This interdisciplinary approach helps students to obtain the necessary skills required for 21st century careers across all industries.

On a national level, Ignite My Future in School has a goal of engaging 20,000 teachers and one million US students by 2021. Since the program’s launch, it has reached more than 9,000 teachers and nearly 550,000 students in 100+ school districts across all 50 states. Ignite My Future resources are available at no-cost at ignitemyfutureinschool.org

For more information on the TCS Discovery Education Ignite Innovation Student Challenge, including idea starters, project flow, four-week road map, planning guide, templates, and complete rules, please visit www.IgniteMyFutureInSchool.org/Challenge.

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About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS):

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for the last fifty years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development.

A part of the Tata group, India’s largest multinational business group, TCS has over 450,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $20.9 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS’ proactive stance on climate change and award winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

To stay up-to-date on TCS news in North America, follow @TCS_NA. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News.

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. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

Contacts:

Tata Consultancy Services

Ben Trounson, Tata Consultancy Services, b.trounson@tcs.com

Marguerite Pinheiro, for Tata Consultancy Services, marguerite.pinheiro@fleishman.com

Discovery Education

Jackie Kavege, Discovery Education, jkavege@discoveryed.com

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3M and Discovery Education Announce ‘Improving Lives Award’: Nominate Your Favorite 3M Young Scientist Challenge Finalist

— First-Ever Voter’s Choice Award to Recognize Most Impactful Student Innovation as part of 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge —

Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn. (Tuesday, October 15, 2019) 3M and Discovery Education, today announced the opening of its inaugural Improving Lives Award as part of the annual 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). The Improving Lives Award, a public voting recognition, will celebrate the student innovation with the most potential to improve lives. The online public voting period is open October 14-25, 2019.

As part of the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier middle school science competition for grades 5-8, for the first time in competition history, the public will select one project from the 2019 top 10 finalists they feel will improve the most lives. In addition to the award, the winner will also receive a unique two-day destination trip. The Improving Lives Award exemplifies the ability of these young scientists to encourage innovation, promote the importance of science and continue their journey to reshape the lives of people in communities across the globe.

“3M employees are passionate about improving lives and the communities around us.  Now we are sharing that passion with these young scientists and it’s truly inspiring to see the commitment they have to making the world a better place,” said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president, corporate affairs at 3M.  “Through the Improving Lives Award, and in alignment with 3M’s commitment to advancing STEM equity and STEM education, we continue to underscore the importance of promoting science at a young age and showing the immeasurable impact it has. We’re excited to expand this year’s voting to the public and know that these 10 finalists will inspire everyone with their work.”

In addition to a chance to win the Improving Lives Award, all 10 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists will receive $1,000 and a trip to 3M’s Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn., where they will participate in the final competition on October 27, 28 and 29. They will be evaluated on a series of challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each project will be scored independently by a panel of judges to select the grand prize winner, who will receive $25,000, a unique destination trip, and the title of America’s Top Young Scientist.

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with 3M and administer a program that exemplifies what’s possible when we kindle the spark of wonder in kids. Over the years, we have seen finalists and winners alike forge new ideas in science, bring them to life and become advocates within their communities and beyond,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is excited to see what lies ahead for these young scientists — and the change that will result from their curiosity, innovation and commitment to bettering the world.”

The public can vote once per day during October 14-25 at https://www.youngscientistlab.com/competition/video_challenge/vote. The Improving Lives Award winner will be named on October 29.  To learn more about the Improving Lives Award and the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, materials are available at youngscientistlab.com and through Discovery Education’s digital curriculum services.

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About 3M:

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 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, 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
Rainah Chang-Faulk
rainah.chang-faulk@ketchum.com
(646) 935-4063 

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

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