Posts Tagged ‘STEM’

‘We the Geeks’ Google+ Hangout Celebrates Black History Month

February 25, 2014 | by akowalczyk

Science Channel LogoAs America celebrates Black History Month, Discovery talent and friends will be at the White House for “We the Geeks,” a Google+ Hangout highlighting some of our nation’s most prominent and promising African American science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) achievers.  The event shines a light on the importance of ensuring the Nation’s next generation of inventors, discoverers, and innovators fully reflects the diversity of America.

Launching at 3PM ET today,  the live discussion, moderated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Knatokie Ford and Marlon Marshall, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, will feature inspiring personal stories and thoughts on how we can all help to ensure that America’s next generation of inventors, discoverers and innovators fully reflects our nation’s diversity. 

Discovery friends Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, Science Channel host and Assistant Professor in Physics/Space Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology, as well as Ms. Crystal Brockington, winner of Siemens/Discovery Education’s “We Can Change the World Challenge,” will be contributing to the conversation alongside the following guests:

  • Dr. Paula Hammond, David H. Koch Professor in Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mr. Calvin Phelps, Jet Engineer Designer, Pratt & Whitney
  • Evan Jackson, Alec Jackson, Caleb Robinson, Kid Inventors, Winners of Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Competition, and participants in the 2013 White House Science Fair
To join the conversation, follow the hashtag #WetheGeeks on Twitter and on Google+.  See you there!




Discovery Education to Host Second Future@Now on February 26

February 21, 2014 | by akowalczyk

Future@NowOn Wednesday, Discovery Education will host Future@Now: Roadmap to the Digital Transition from 9am-5:30pm at Discovery’s headquarters here in Silver Spring.

Streaming live to a worldwide audience, this second annual event will focus on one of the most critical issues in education today – implementing effective, district-level digital transitions that prepare students for citizenship, college and careers.

At this year’s event, attendees will hear from a variety of education leaders about creating actionable roadmaps for transforming teaching and learning through educational technology, dynamic digital content, and job-embedded, sustained professional development. Speakers this year offering valuable insight include Sujean Lee, Vice President of Philanthropy at Chobani and Commander Brent Phillips, Director of Marketing & Outreach for the U.S. Navy Recruiting Command. The conference also will welcome educational leaders U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Congressman George Miller, sponsor of the Transforming Education through Technology Act to help lead the dialogue. Additionally, Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho of Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance of Baltimore County Public Schools; Chancellor Kaya Henderson of District of Columbia Public Schools; and Superintendent of Schools/CEO Chris Kennedy of West Vancouver School District, Canada, will share their perspectives on the digital transitions they are leading in their school systems.

Panel discussions throughout the day will share with participants strategies they can implement as districts to create their own roadmaps for digital transitions.  Discussion topics will include how students are affected by the digital transition, how to plan for the transition, how to implement change and how to fully integrate digital resources into the classroom.

Wednesday’s conference will culminate with a virtual field trip, hosted by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to a digital classroom in Washington, DC, as part of Discovery Education and the White House’s “Of the People” webinar series. “Of the People” offers middle and high school students unique access to White House professionals, experts and personalities in a series of 30-minute virtual events broadcast live from the White House and open to all classrooms nationwide.

For more information on Future@Now: Roadmap to the Digital Transition or to register, please visit And, throughout the day, join the conversation on Twitter using #FutureNow.

Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Open ‘Siemens STEM Academy’ Applications

December 10, 2013 | by akowalczyk

The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, along with their partner Oak Ridge Associated Universities, are inviting educators from across the country to submit applications for the 2014 Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) and Siemens STEM Institute programs, prestigious professional development programs offered to middle and high school educators during the summer.

The STARs program selects 40 educators to attend one of two programs held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for two weeks to study and conduct research with some of the country’s top scientists. The Siemens STEM Institute selects 50 educators from around the nation to attend a hands-on, i mmersion program promoting STEM education at the Discovery Communications headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. Both programs are part of the Siemens STEM Academy, a national professional development community designed to advance the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States.

For the two prestigious STARs professional development programs, 40 educators will work in small groups and collaborate with scientific teams from world-renowned labs to conduct individually-designed research projects that will give them real-world experience they can bring back to their classrooms. In the past during these in-depth research experiences, STARs fellows have tackled a variety of STEM project topics, including the production, characterization and uses of nano-particles, examining the thermal performance of building materials and studying neutron scattering techniques.

The 2014 STARs programs will take place June 8-20, 2014 and July 20-August 1, 2014 – both at ORNL. In addition to the two-week, hands-on learning experience, each teacher will receive a grant to purchase equipment and/or supplies for their classroom.

The Siemens STEM Academy also offers the Siemens STEM Institute, a unique, week-long program that promotes real-world integration of STEM principles into the classroom. Occurring August 3-8, 2014, the select group of 50 middle and high school educators from across the country will attend an intensive professional development experience at the global headquarters of Discovery Communications located just outside of Washington, D.C.The Fellows will be exposed to leading scientists, thought leaders, personalities and innovators whose work across STEM disciplines shape and define our world today. In the past, STEM Institute Fellows have heard from guest speakers, including Dr. Roosevelt Johnson, deputy associate administrator for education at NASA and Camsie McAdams, senior advisor on STEM Education, Department of Education; have taken field trips to leading institutions of STEM innovation, such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space Museum and engaged in discussions with executives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on opportunities for educators to enhance classroom teaching techniques.

The call for applications for the STEM Academy programs is now open through February 4, 2014. Educators across the country can apply for the 2014 STARs programs or the 2014 Siemens STEM Institute by visiting, and check out the video below for an inspirational look at last year’s STEM Institute.

Discovery Education and 3M Announce 2013′s Top Young Scientist

October 10, 2013 | by akowalczyk

Discovery and 3M Young Scientist ChallengeEarlier this week, representatives from Discovery Education and 3M, a distinguished judges panel and this year’s class of Young Scientist Challenge finalists met in St. Paul, Minn., at the 3M Innovation Center, for the final competition in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. In this last step of the challenge, finalists presented the innovations they developed while working with their 3M scientist throughout the summer. Over the course of the two-day event, the finalists were also tasked with completing two additional challenges: 1) combine multiple 3M technologies to yield new solutions; and 2) build a machine designed to turn on a light bulb using science and engineering principles.

The panel of judges evaluated the students’ scientific knowledge, creativity and use of 3M technology, ultimately naming 11-year-old Peyton Robertson from Ft. Launderdale, FL as the winner. Robertson’s winning innovation, a new sandbag design that would better protect flood zones against salt-water damage, earned him the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist,” $25,000 and a trip to Costa Rica from Discovery Student Adventures. Chris Jacobs, host of Velocity’s Overhaulin’, served as emcee for the awards banquet.

The other nine finalists in the competition went home with $1,000 cash prizes and other exciting prizes from Discovery and 3M.

Check out a video recap below, and congratulations to all the Young Scientists!

Discovery Education and Siemens Foundation Kick Off Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

August 27, 2013 | by akowalczyk

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge LogoAs scientists and experts look to solve global environmental challenges, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education are once again looking to our country’s future leaders and problem-solvers for innovative solutions.

Last week, Discovery Education and Siemens Foundation partnered to launch this year’s Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. Since 2008, the Challenge has tasked K-12 students, under the guidance of an advisor, with identifying an environmental issue in their classroom, school, or community and creating a replicable green solution for the chance to earn more than $300,000 in scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, and more. Concepts are judged by a panel of environmental advocates and science educators who will judge teams based on their research, analysis and ability of the solution to be replicated on a larger scale.

To take the challenge, team advisors (who must be full-time or part-time school employees) can register for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, add their student teams and begin formulating their projects at Team advisors can take advantage of a robust free resource section, created by Discovery Education, that includes new lesson plans that address Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for K-12, e-books, virtual labs and more to accompany each stage of the Challenge for each grade level. The deadline for all entries is March 4, 2014. Finalists and winners will then be announced in April 2014.

Good luck to all the teams – we look forward to following the journey!

Discovery Education STEM Camp Boosts Summer Learning

July 29, 2013 | by akowalczyk

Discovery Connect the DotsWhen students stepped out of the classroom this summer, Discovery Education stepped in with the Discovery Education STEM Camp to ensure students continue to learn, even out of school. The Discovery Education STEM Camp is a dynamic series of standards-aligned STEM curricula that is available at no cost to schools, districts, non-profit organizations and parents. It features hands-on and virtual labs, engineering challenges, digital investigations, videos and career connections designed to inspire students to learn about STEM subjects and keep them engaged in learning when they are not in school.

This week, Collier County Public School hosted a STEM Camp for students in partnership with Discovery Education. The camp received two special visits from elected officials who believe strongly in STEM education and creating a skilled workforce: Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard and a member of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s (FL) staff.

Discovery Education STEM Camp supports President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign to encourage more students to pursue careers in STEM fields and is designed to keep students inspired and engaged in learning during the summer months and after school. To further its commitment to STEM, Discovery Education STEM Camp is part of Discovery Communications’ “Connect the Dots” campaign, which is designed to help students connect the dots between learning and life. Another initiative that is part of the campaign is a partnership between Science Channel and America’s manufacturers in support of Discovery’s ‘Discover Your Skills’ initiative to inspire STEM learning and careers in the skilled trades, among other programs.

Catch the photo below of the students hard at work, and stay tuned for more STEM updates as the year progresses!

Discovery STEM Camp