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Christina Scripps, Discovery Education

Chanika Colbert, Siemens Foundation



— Winning Schools Receive Once-in-a-Lifetime Interactive Assembly Led by Discovery Education Science Guru —

— Idaho Assembly Broadcast Live as Virtual Field Trip for Classrooms in All 50 States —

SILVER SPRING, Md., (May 20, 2014) – Siemens Foundation  and Discovery Education will present interactive science assemblies to two lucky schools in Idaho and Ohio, whose educators – Christina Valiquette, from Ramsey Magnet School of Science in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Monica Ketler, from Regina Coeli/St. Joseph School in Alliance, Ohio – won this year’s Siemens Science Day Ultimate Cool School Sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes is part of Siemens Science Day, an initiative created by the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education to bring fun, hands-on learning techniques into the classroom. Providing teachers with exciting classroom materials and lesson plans, the program’s resources are designed to promote science literacy and reinvent the traditional science classroom.

"We are very excited that Regina Coeli/St. Joseph School was one of the schools selected to host a Siemens Science Day Assembly through Discovery Education and the Siemens Foundation,” said Monica Ketler, librarian and IT coordinator at Regina Coeli/St. Joseph School. “As part of our STREAM education (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) our students will participate in hands-on activities. There are also many free resources available on the Siemens Science Day website available to teachers, parents and students with many hands-on, fun learning activities and videos."

Discovery Education’s well-renowned science guru Patti Duncan, who has spent the past ten years presenting workshops and institutes for fellow educators on the local, state and national level, will host each of the assemblies in May. Duncan will lead students through “Bending the Elements: Exploring the Way the World Works,” an interactive, spellbinding assembly, underscoring the significant role science plays in our daily lives. Here, students will have the opportunity to participate in a series of fun and highly visual science demonstrations that illustrate properties of the earth’s elements: fire, air and water.

Ramsey Magnet School of Science’s grand prize assembly will touch even more educators and students, as it will be broadcast live as part of a planned Virtual Field Trip for classrooms across the country on Wednesday, May 28. The Virtual Field Trip will become part of the Siemens STEM Academy monthly STEM Connect virtual event series. Siemens STEM Academy, another collaborative effort between the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, is the premier online professional development community for STEM educators from across the United States. Here, they exchange and download resources, participate in and view virtual events including monthly STEM Connect events, obtain up-to-date STEM news and network with peers. 

“The Ultimate Cool School Sweepstakes is a great tool to get young students excited about the real-world application of math and science, sending the message that it is never too early to become a scientist,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation.  “The Siemens Science Day program emphasizes the crucial role that science literacy plays in elementary education and reinforces the need to give our future scientists resources to be successful in school and prepare them for the workforce.” 

The Siemens Science Day website offers teachers a variety of original tools and resources including hands-on activities, supplemental videos and teacher support materials with monthly themes aimed at bringing fun back to science. Each year, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education hold The Ultimate Cool School Sweepstakes to give educators nationwide the chance to bring their schools an ultimate science assembly filled with spellbinding demonstrations and interactive projects. Two winning educators, one from grades K-3 and one from grades 4-6, are chosen at random.

For more information on Siemens Science Day or to register for the virtual field trip, visit:


Siemens Science Day

Siemens Science Day offers lesson plans and hands-on activities to K-6 teachers to help reinvent their science class.  Each lesson plan is partnered with an exciting video from Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital educational services to schools nationwide.  In addition to the digital content, teachers had the opportunity to win an "Ultimate Cool School Assembly." These assemblies are not only fun and interactive, but also underscore the importance of science literacy and the need for science resources among schools.  For more information visit the Siemens Science Day website:

About the Siemens Foundation

The Siemens Foundation supports educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. Its signature programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a sustainability challenge which encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues and the Siemens STEM Academy, a national educator professional development program designed to support educators in their efforts to foster student achievement in STEM fields. The Foundation’s mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens’ U.S. companies. For further information, visit or follow @sfoundation.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at