Emmy-Nominated ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Returns to TLC Tonight

July 23, 2014 | by aharris
Cynthia Nixon on TLC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Cynthia Nixon on Tonight’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

I have always been fascinated by history. As a kid, I preferred historical fiction to sci-fi and other genres of books and, as an adult, I have become even more aware of the value of understanding your family roots. So, it’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of Who Do You Think You Are? The Emmy-nominated series is back with a new season beginning tonight on TLC at 9pm ET/PT.

In tonight’s episode (which, of course, I had to watch as soon as I could), actress Cynthia Nixon explores the paternal side of her family tree…and uncovers an ancestor who spent some time in the big house (not the Big Apple). Watch a clip from the season premiere below, follow along on Twitter using the #WDYTYA hashtag as executive producers Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky live tweet tonight, and stay tuned for new episodes each Wednesday on TLC featuring Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kelsey Grammer and Rachel McAdams.

Discovery Education Hosts DEN Summer Institute (DENSI)

July 21, 2014 | by akowalczyk

Last week, Discovery Education’s Discovery Educator Network (DEN) hosted 150 educators from across the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom for an immersive, week-long professional development experience. The six-day DEN Summer Institute (DENSI), held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., focused on enhancing learning through the power of collaboration and educational technology.

DENSI 2014 featured a number of seminars and hands-on workshops designed to support educators as they use the latest technologies to create authentic digital learning environments that engage students and improve achievement. In addition, the DENSI provided an opportunity for participants to connect, collaborate and share resources, ideas and strategies for integrating digital resources into classroom instruction.

 The prestigious summer learning opportunity is exclusive to educators recognized by Discovery Education as STAR Discovery Educators. STAR Discovery Educators are active members of the DEN community and proven leaders in transforming teaching and learning. The DEN is the largest and most active community of educators who are passionate about teaching with technology and digital media, sharing resources, collaborating and networking.

During the DEN Summer Institute, educators heard from a variety of speakers, including Adam Bellow, Founder and President of eduTecher and eduClipper; Dr. Lodge McCammon, noted educational consultant specializing in curriculum-based music composition; Greg Siers, Director of Live Production and Technology at Discovery Communications; and Wyatt Channell, Executive Producer of Science Channel.

In addition to hearing from speakers, attendees participated in workshops led by the Discovery Education team and DEN Gurus about creating digital content and integrating mobile and web-based tools into instruction; collaborated with fellow educators on a variety of educational technology projects; and shared ideas and best practices with his/her peers.

Check out some fun photos from DENSI below, and for more information, visit http://www.discoveryeducation.com/what-we-offer/community/connect-with-the-den/den-summer-institute.cfm.

Group Jump at the Parthenon in Nashville

Group Jump at the Parthenon in Nashville


Supporting Local Charities

Supporting Local Charities


Wyatt Channel, Executive Producer of 'How the Universe Works' with DENSI Attendees

Wyatt Channell, Executive Producer of ‘How the Universe Works’ with DENSI Attendees

This Week In…Discovery Buzz

July 18, 2014 | by akowalczyk

Happy Friday, Discovery! As we kick off the weekend, we have a few big stories to share about our programming over the last week – including a big announcement from OWN. Catch up with the stories below, and then check out Animalist’s new show, CATastrophes!

Discovery Education and 3M Announce Finalists in 2014 Young Scientist Challenge

July 16, 2014 | by akowalczyk

Discovery and 3M Young Scientist ChallengeDiscovery Education and 3M have named the top 10 finalists in the annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for students in grades 5-8.

Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the following 10 finalists (in alphabetical order)*:

  • Mythri Ambatipudi, San Jose, Calif., Stratford Middle School
  • David Cohen, Dallas, Texas, Akiba Academy of Dallas
  • Sahil Doshi, Pittsburgh, Pa., Fort Couch Middle School
  • Ana Humphrey, Alexandria, Va., George Washington Middle School
  • Christopher Isozaki, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., St. John Fisher School
  • Anthony Kim, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Ridgecrest Intermediate School
  • Jai Kumar, South Riding, Va., J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
  • Andrew Masek, North Attleborough, Mass., North Attleborough Middle School
  • Nikita Rafikov, Evans, Ga., Riverside Middle School
  • Katherine Wu, North Potomac, Md., Takoma Park Middle School

* Schools listed are from time of competition entry (January – April 2014).

After submitting a short video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem, these budding young scientists rose to the top of the competition due to their science acumen, inventive thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos.

Each finalist will now have the exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M Scientist during a unique summer mentorship program, where they will be challenged to create an invention that solves a problem in society. As part of the world-renowned program, students will meet virtually with their mentors, who will provide guidance as the finalist develops his or her idea from a concept into an actual prototype. Students will then present their inventions during the competition’s final event at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. October 13th and 14th. Throughout the program, each student has access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education.

Finalists will receive $1,000 and be awarded a trip to 3M Headquarters to participate in the final competition where they will be evaluated on their creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall performance during a series of three different challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel of judges. The winner will receive $25,000, a student adventure trip to a destination such as Costa Rica, and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. Each January, students nationwide are asked to create a short video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem. In addition to the 10 finalists, 36 students have been selected as state merit winners in this year’s competition and each will receive a 3M innovation prize pack.

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists and a list of the state merit winners, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

Comedian Cats Take the Stage with Animalist’s ‘CATastrophes’

July 14, 2014 | by akowalczyk

Here come the cats!Catastrophes

Today, Animalist, Discovery Digital Networks’ destination for all things animal, launched CATastrophes, a weekly comedy show putting cats in the spotlight. In each episode, cats, many of whom are local Chicago rescues available for adoption, and human hosts, Alana Grelyak,of CatInTheFridge.com, and comedian Kris Flanagan,  share the best viewer-submitted cat stories and scripted content featuring cats in unexpected situations.

In CATastrophes’ first episode, celebrity cat Lil BUB stars as a time machine, and everyone who pets BUB is taken back in time.

Check out the CATastrophes trailer below, and stay tuned for more cat-tastic episodes!

This Week In…Discovery Buzz

July 11, 2014 | by akowalczyk

Discovery BuzzHappy Friday, Discovery! As we wrap up an exciting week of TCA and Emmy nominations, we have lots of news to share.  Check out our biggest stories of the week below, and then kick off the weekend singing with the mashup below, featuring some of our own Discovery Digital Networks talent at VidCon!