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– Partnerships with Leading Companies, Non-Profits and Advocacy Organizations Provide Supplemental Classroom Resources and Sweepstakes to Inspire and Engage Students –

Silver Spring, Md.Discovery Education has partnered with a variety of like-minded companies, non-profits and advocacy organizations to create a full slate of free classroom resources and sweepstakes. Designed to empower educators nationwide with new and creative ways to engage their students, these joint efforts include K-12 curriculum programs, interactive classroom lessons, webinars, teacher resources, sweepstakes and more. Partnerships include:

  • Nature Works Everywhere
    Launched in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Nature Works Everywhere is designed to help students explore nature`s fantastic factory by learning the science behind how nature impacts our everyday lives and the importance of environmental conservation. Winner of ComputED`s 2012 EDDIE Award for `Best Science in Nature Website,` the online destination provides middle school teachers, students and families with free tools and resources to explore and understand how nature works. Three new interactive lesson plans added this fall cover ecotourism and population management in Kenya, and the positive effect fire can have on an ecosystem. In addition, a virtual field trip featuring M. Sanjayan, The Nature Conservancy`s lead scientist, is available to help students understand how nature works to support East African communities by balancing the needs of wildlife, grazing cattle and ecotourism.
  • New Teacher Survival Central
    Created alongside Elmer`s® Products and the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, New Teacher Survival Central is an online destination through which both new and veteran teachers can find valuable resources, including free tech tools, blogs, parent communication resources, advanced degree program opportunities and more. Now open for entries, the `New Teacher Survival Central Sweepstakes` for K-12 educators in partnership with Elmer`s® Products will award one grand prize winner an all-expense paid luxury trip to Costa Rica with Discovery Student Adventures, an Elmer`s® Classroom Survival Prize Pack containing more than 400 items and a DVD collection from Discovery Education. The teacher who refers the grand prize winner will be rewarded as well with an Elmer`s Classroom Prize Pack and an all-expense-paid trip to a professional development conference of their choice. Entries are due by December 13, 2012.
  • Science Fair Central
    In partnership with Elmer`s® Products, Science Fair Central is an online portal, which offers parents, students and science fair coordinators free resources for planning a stress-free science fair project from start to finish. New this fall, the website includes an interactive `Science Fair Project Idea Board` where students can choose from 20 popular topics to discover a science fair project idea that matches their interests. Additional resources include timelines, printable shopping lists, judging criteria, sample projects and more.
  • Siemens Science Day
    A joint effort with the Siemens Foundation, Siemens Science Day enters its fifth year in 2012, and offers teachers hands-on classroom activities to help re-energize and invigorate science class for grades K-6. Each activity is partnered with an exciting Discovery Education video. Teachers also have access to a special `Teacher Support` area, new how-to videos, related websites and a teacher toolkit. In addition to the digital content, teachers have 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. Entries for the sweepstakes will be accepted through February 28, 2013.
  • To learn more about the free programs offered through Discovery Education and its partners, visit

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    Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world. Explore the future of education at