Posts Tagged ‘STEM’

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

Kal Penn’s ‘The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius’ Premieres Tonight on Discovery Channel

May 1, 2013 | by akowalczyk

Could the next Einstein be in our ranks?

On The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius, premiering tonight on Discovery Channel at 10pm ET/PT, host Kal Penn launches his search for the next great innovator that could change the future of our world.

In each episode, Penn will present contestants with a seemingly impossible engineering challenge that must be solved in just 30 minutes. The judges will then choose the best engineering concept and select two captains to lead a team in execution. The team with the best execution will receive immunity, and judges will choose one member of the losing team to be eliminated.

This season, contestants will be challenged to detonate explosive bombs on the back of speeding pick-up trucks, create a portable bunker that can be deployed in five minutes and is able to withstand fire, pressurized water and high-speed winds; and construct a robot capable of competing in three different athletic events.

The final winner of the competition will receive a one-year contract to work at WET, the industry leader behind some of the world’s most innovative water-based designed environments and experiences.

Still not convinced? We’ll turn it over to Kal. He has five reasons for you to tune in tonight.

Discovery Announces ‘Connect the Dots’ National STEM Education Initiative

May 1, 2013 | by kdelmonico

As a company launched on the tenets of curiosity, Discovery has long supported STEM education and its importance in shaping our future leaders (a point I most recently witnessed in action while attending the White House Science Fair last week). Today, Discovery Communications announced a new multimedia, national STEM education initiative called Connect the Dots, designed to inspire students’ interest in STEM education and career paths.

The initiative was announced today by David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications at the Benjamin Banneker Middle School in Burtonsville, Maryland. “Our kids are the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and game changers, and we need them to take on the planet’s challenges and shape a bright, healthy future by embracing STEM careers,” Zaslav said. “Through its unique position as a company founded on igniting curiosity across generations, and with science, technology, engineering and math in our DNA, Discovery is proud to utilize its platforms to help connect the dots between learning and living, theory and practice, algebra and video game design – and inspire the next generation of innovators and leaders in STEM.”

To learn more about Connect the Dots, click here for the full press release. You can also check out some photos of the event below and a video shown at today’s announcement, giving more insight into the Connect the Dots initiative.


Students pose with Discovery Communications President & CEO David Zaslav, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Discovery Channel’s Kal Penn


David Zaslav Speaking at Connect the Dots Event


Kids Day 2013: Get Curious!

April 26, 2013 | by kdelmonico

Kids explored scientific mysteries at Discovery’s Kids Day 2013.

In honor of Take Your Child to Work Day yesterday, Discovery invited the youngest in our ranks to come experience life at the office…or maybe just how we wish every day was!

Discovery’s Kids Day 2013 kicked off with mug decorating, face-painting and monster hair styling, and then the kids settled in for a morning of wild science shows, featuring interactive science experiments and lots of foam! After a lunch break and some time spent shadowing their parents, the kids returned for another round of wacky entertainment, spotlighting a few favorite HowStuffWorks podcasters visiting from the Atlanta office.

During  a presentation on “How Monsters Work,” Ben and Matt of Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know introduced the kids to a monkey named Gwyneth. Stuff You Should Know podcasters Josh and Chuck treated the kids to cotton candy creations with “How Clouds Work?” and “How Slime Works?” left kids with a gooey gift to bring home.

As the day came to a close, we said a final farewell to the kids, sending them off with a sweet treat from Georgetown Cupcakes. Although life at Discovery doesn’t always involve mad scientists, monkeys and cotton candy, it was such a fun day to have the kids of Discovery invade our office space for the day. For a peek into Discovery life, follow us and #InsideDiscovery on Instagram.


HowStuffWorks’ Ben and Matt explain “How Monsters Work”

Kids color between wacky science presentations

Discovery Attends The White House Science Fair

April 23, 2013 | by kdelmonico

As I have mentioned on the blog many times, working at Discovery Communications has some major perks, but yesterday may be an all-time high point for me. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the White House Science Fair yesterday, with students from all across the country exhibiting their incredible projects for President Obama and Science Fair attendees.

When I arrived at the White House, I was immediately blown away by the projects the students were exhibiting. We had Discovery Education and 3M’s Young Scientist Challenge winner Deepika Kurup exhibiting her innovative, cost effective and sustainable water-purification system. As well, the Pinelands Eco Scienteers, winners of the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, had the opportunity to exhibit their project to President Obama as he came into the briefing.

Another Discovery family member, Kal Penn, of Discovery Channel’s upcoming  Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius, was on site at the event, making the rounds with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, to learn more about the student’s projects. Also in attendance were Bill Nye the Science Guy, LeVar Burton, NASA’s Leland Melvin and, my personal favorite as a New York Giants fan, Victor Cruz.

I’ve included some photos of the event below and for more, check out our Facebook album.  And of course, for more science awesomeness, tune into Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius on May 1 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel. The event was an exciting example of the amazing  and we were honored to have been a part of the White House Science Fair 2013!

President Obama addresses the crowd at the White House Science Fair


Valerie Jarrett and Kal Penn Pose With a White House Science Fair Team


Deepika Kurup, Winner of Discovery Education and 3M’s Young Scientist Challenge






Calling All Young Scientists!

January 11, 2013 | by kdelmonico

Do you know any curious kids who have a flair for science? If so, they could be the winner of the next Discovery Education 3m Young Scientist Challenge. The annual competition recently announced its 15th iteration, in which students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to embrace their love of science by creating a video explaining how we could solve a real-world problem that falls into the category of How We Work, How We Live or How We Play.

Evaluated on their creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall presentation, ten finalists will be selected to participate in an exclusive summer mentorship program working directly with a 3M scientist, culminating in a trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN for the chance to win $25,000 and the title of America’s Top Young Scientist. For more information, click here and to all the young scientists – good luck!