Discovery Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of America for Great Futures Campaign

July 31, 2014 | by kdelmonico

Every day the ring of the final school bell at 3:00pm leaves 15 million kids in America with nowhere to go.  Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) wants to draw attention to critical issues facing America’s youth and the increased risk that comes with being unsupervised and unguided after school hours.

In an effort to reverse negative trends such as obesity, drug use, and violence exacerbated by unstructured out-of-school time, today BGCA launched their Great Futures Campaign. As a partner on this initiative, Discovery will join BGCA on their mission to mobilize the country to empower America’s youth by raising awareness about the importance of after school resources and programs.

Here are some fast statistics from the campaign:

  • 15 million school-age children are home without adult supervision after school.
  • 3 out of 10 kids are obese or overweight.
  • 1 in 5 kids won’t graduate on time.
  • 1 in 5 young people lives in poverty.

But with the influence of BGCA:

  • 57% of alumni say the Club “saved my life.”
  • 97% of Club teens expect to graduate from high school.
  • 71% of Club teens volunteer at least once a year.
  • 80% say the Club had a positive impact on their health & fitness.

Through the campaign, BGCA hopes to develop new programming and increase their reach to help more youth stay on track and improve their trajectory for a healthy, productive and happy lifestyle. You can check out the campaign video below and get involved at GreatFutures.org.

Lookin’ Good, TestTube, Revision3 & Animalist!

July 29, 2014 | by kdelmonico

TestTube.com Gets Site RedesignDiscovery Digital Networks is looking a little bit better today, thanks to newly-launched site redesigns across Revision3, TestTube and Animalist.

Not only are they much prettier (technically speaking, of course) the sites are now fully responsive across mobile, tablet and desktop and have made discovering content a breeze. Fans can also check out what’s hot with trending videos featured on the homepage and new content buckets allow for easier content sorting (I can neither confirm nor deny that I got lost down a rabbit hole of Animalist’s content tagged “cute” earlier).

Check out some of the great new features at Revision3.com, TestTube.com and Animalist.com…and enjoy!

This Week In…Discovery Buzz

July 25, 2014 | by akowalczyk
Discovery BuzzIt’s Friday, Discovery! We’ve had a busy week, with some exciting programming announcements as well as a new face for TLC and the premiere of a few favorite shows. Check out the stories below and then join Animalist’s Catie Wayne for a fun exploration of the world’s ugliest animal.

Science Channel Brings ‘The Unexplained Files’ to Comic-Con

July 24, 2014 | by akowalczyk

Comic-Con LogoWith the kickoff of Comic-Con International, the world’s premier comic book and popular arts style convention, just around the corner, Science Channel announced it will give fans an exclusive first-look at the second season of the network’s hit series, The Unexplained Files, at a screening on Friday. Following the screening, Science Channel will present a panel with eye-witness accounts of strange happenings including the location of a possible paranormal superhighway, evidence of the Mexican Chupacabra, and the real story of the exorcism that inspired the film The Exorcist.

Science Channel’s presentation will be held on Friday, July 25 from 7 to 8pm in Room 7AB.

The panel includes various experts –  Ken Gerhard, a Crytozoologist who will speak to the “Mexican Chupcabra” phenomenon; Troy Taylor, a noted author, writer and supernatural historian who has studied exorcisms extensively; and Chuck Zukowski, Paranormal Freelance Investigator and Comic- Con veteran who has been researching and investigating the paranormal superhighway for nearly 30 years – as well as Linda Blair,  star of the 1973 classic film The Exorcist 

In season two of Science Channel’s The Unexplained Files, 12 all-new episodes will launch viewers into another gripping exploration of the unknown by investigating more of the most puzzling, global incidents from the United States and Russia to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mexico and more. Using dramatic reconstructions, riveting never-before-seen footage, first-hand eyewitness accounts, and expert interviews, The Unexplained Files takes a scientific look at the inexplicable, uncovering paranormal activities that have mystified scientists, inspired legends, and captured the human imagination for centuries. Many of the stories featured will reveal new evidence and bring forward previously undisclosed eyewitness accounts to shed light on stories that have baffled experts for years.

Season two of The Unexplained Files makes its world premiere on Science Channel Tuesday, July 29 at 10PM ET/PT.

Get a taste for the paranormal with the Unexplained Files extra below, and we hope to see many of you in San Diego!

 

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