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

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Prestigious Awards Program Recognizes Outstanding Educational Technology Products and Companies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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