Posts Tagged ‘STEM’

Science Channel Joins Silver Spring Maker Faire This Weekend

September 12, 2014 | by kdelmonico
Silver Spring Maker Faire
Science Channel will join Silver Spring’s second annual Maker Faire on Sunday, hosted by Washington D.C. children’s museum KID Museum. Discovery Communications is the lead sponsor of the free festival celebrating innovation and creativity,  featuring hands-on science, engineering, electronics, and arts and crafts activities for children and adults. 
From 12-5 at the Silver Spring Civic Center, Science Channel will host the How It’s Made: Dream Car Challenge at the fair, giving budding scientists the opportunity to build the fastest possible Lego car and race their derby cars on a 30-foot race track. 
Encouraging kids to think about air resistance and weight to build the fastest possible Lego car, derby participants can also win Science Channel prizes. Additionally, fans of the Science Channel show How It’s Made: Dream Cars will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes to learn more about how these incredible machines are designed and created.  
You can find more information on the Silver Spring Maker Faire here and we hope to see you on Sunday in Downtown Silver Spring!

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, SR 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

Discovery Hosts US2020 Representatives for “Day at Discovery” Conference

May 29, 2014 | by akowalczyk

US2020On Tuesday, Discovery Communications was named exclusive media partner for US2020, a new organization developed from a White House call to generate large-scale innovative solutions to our STEM education challenge, with a focus on increasing access to STEM careers for girls, underrepresented minorities, and low-income children.

As part of this commitment, Discovery yesterday hosted about 25 representatives from the US2020′s City Competition for a day-long conference focused on building successful marketing and communications campaigns and also announced a mentor program with Discovery’s STEM-focused employees slated to launch this fall.  Throughout the day, representatives attended sessions, led by Discovery leadership, on creative brainstorming, social media, effective communications, and the millennial generation. Additionally, attendees presented their projects for feedback from others, and the day concluded with a screening of Science Channel’s Through the Wormhole.

For more information on the partnership and program, visit, and best of luck to all of yesterday’s participants – looking forward to seeing the projects in action!


Discovery Education Partners with the Alcoa Foundation to Launch ‘Manufacture Your Future’

May 29, 2014 | by akowalczyk

Manufacture Your FutureAlcoa Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the US, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced yesterday the launch of “Manufacture Your Future,” a new online destination designed to inspire thousands of students in grades 6-12 to take the first step towards exploring and pursuing today’s manufacturing careers.

The program provides middle and high school educators, guidance counselors, students and families with hands-on resources that build excitement around post-secondary manufacturing career opportunities. Manufacture Your Future encourages the development of critical thinking skills through real-world application, and offers dynamic standards-based, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-focused lesson plans, a manufacturing career guide, family discussion starters and a Virtual Field Trip designed to give students an inside look at some of today’s exciting manufacturing careers.

Additionally, Manufacture Your Future will launch its first virtual field trip on National Manufacturing Day, October 3, 2014. Students who join virtually will get an inside look at careers in advanced manufacturing through an interactive event hosted live from an Alcoa facility.

For more information on the program or to access the site’s free resources, visit:

A Day of Innovation, Inspiration at the White House Science Fair

May 27, 2014 | by akowalczyk

The White House, young superstar scientists and a MythBuster – what more could a Discovery kid (at heart) want?

Today, I was given the incredible opportunity to to attend this year’s White House Science Fair to share this annual event, honoring national innovation in STEM, with our Discovery audiences on social media.

Throughout the day, as I explored the Science Fair, I met amazing students who not only proved their incredible intellect but also their inspiring passion for making our world a better place. From a student who fought cancer and is now dedicated to finding a cure to a group of girls that created an app to guide their visually impaired classmate through school hallways to Girl Scouts, only eight years old, developing ways to build stronger bridges – each exhibitor was more awe-inspiring than the next.

Discovery, a strong advocate for STEM education, also had a strong presence at the Science Fair, with MythBusters‘ Kari Byron leading a live broadcast and Discovery Education Virtual Field Trip. Additionally, Discovery Education competition winners (Peyton Robertson, winner of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, and Crystal Brockington and Aaron Barron, winners of the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge) proudly shared their exhibits with press and leaders in the STEM community.

While the day’s innovation and passion can hardly be captured in photos, I’ve included a few highlights below, and you can check out the hashtag #WHScienceFair on Twitter and Instagram for more coverage of the day! Congratulations to all of the day’s amazing students!

Members of Girl Scout Troop 2612 (the "Lego Queens") of Tulsa, OK and their "Flood Proof Bridge"

Members of Girl Scout Troop 2612 (the “Lego Queens”) of Tulsa, OK and their “Flood Proof Bridge”

Bill Nye and Kari Byron hosting the Live Broadcast with Cristen Dorgelo from the Office of Science Technology Policy at the White House

Bill Nye and Kari Byron hosting the Live Broadcast with Cristen Dorgelo from the Office of Science Technology Policy at the White House


Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Winner, Peyton Robertson

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Winner, Peyton Robertson

Winners of the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, Crystal Brockington and Aaron Barron

Winners of the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, Crystal Brockington and Aaron Barron

President Obama Speaking on STEM Education

President Obama Speaking on STEM Education

Discovery Gives Students A Front Row Seat to This Year’s White House Science Fair

May 23, 2014 | by akowalczyk

President Obama at the 2013 White House Science Fair

Last year, Discovery attended the White House Science Fair, and this year, we’re inviting fans to join in the fun with a live White House broadcast and Discovery Education Virtual Field Trip.

On Tuesday, President Obama will host the White House Science Fair, celebrating the remarkable achievements of student science fair winners and extraordinary kid innovators from across the country. As a strong advocate for STEM education, Discovery is involved in many elements throughout the day.

As the event kicks off Tuesday morning, Kari Byron, Discovery Channel’s MythBusters and Science Channel Star, will join Bill Nye on the White House lawn for a live tour of the Science Fair at 10am, broadcast on Winners of Discovery Education’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology and the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will have exhibits on the floor.

Later in the morning, Kari will help transport students from around the country to the White House for a virtual field trip as part of Discovery Education’s Of the People: Live from the White House webinar series. Open to classrooms nationwide, the webinar will inspire students nationwide to learn about STEM, highlight the valuable role of mentors in STEM education, and celebrate the remarkable achievements of America’s next generation of scientists, engineers, inventors and innovators.

Kari Byron will kick off the webinar with an exclusive clip from her show Head Rush, which was created to inspire and excite viewers about the wonders of science and show how science is a vital part of their everyday lives.

Following the demonstration, Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls, and Byron will lead a discussion between David Etzwiler, chief executive officer of the Siemens Foundation and student Frederick Lang, a national finalist in the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. David Etzwiler and Lang will discuss the critical role that mentors can play in students’ academic success, particularly in STEM fields.

The field trip will end with a panel discussion about the importance of STEM education featuring Byron, Lang, Etzwiler, Tina Tchen, and Eric Schwarz, Executive Chairman of US2020, a multi-year mentoring effort that aims to match 1 million STEM mentors with students at youth-serving nonprofits by the year 2020. During the live broadcast, young people across the country will have the opportunity to submit questions for the panelists on Twitter using the hashtag, #OfthePeople.

To register for this event or submit questions for the panelists, visit:

To follow the White House Science Fair, follow #whScienceFair on Twitter – we’ll also be sharing live updates from the Discovery Communications (@DiscoveryComm) and Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd) Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.