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Discovery Communications Announces - "Connect The Dots" - A New National STEM Education Initiative To Inspire The Next Generation Of Innovators, Problem Solvers And Game Changers

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery Communications today announced "Connect the Dots," a new multimedia, national STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education initiative designed to provide pathways for kids to achieve today and lead tomorrow by inspiring interest in STEM subjects and careers within industries looking for highly skilled workers. By connecting kids, parents and schools with all of Discovery's STEM programs across its networks, education and digital platforms, "Connect the Dots" will help make STEM a critical part of kids' lives, prepare them for the jobs of the future and inspire the next great discovery.

Programs under "Connect the Dots" include: the launch of the Discovery Education STEM Camp program, offering after school and summer resources for educators and parents at no cost; the new science-focused series THE BIG BRAIN THEORY: PURE GENIUS searching for the next great innovator and premiering May 1 at 10 p.m. E/P on Discovery Channel; a partnership between Science Channel, its cornerstone series HOW ITS MADE and America's manufacturers to promote careers in the skilled trades; and the Lumosity Education Access Program (LEAP), a no-cost program for K-12 schools that seeks to study the effects of cognitive training in the classroom.

"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," said David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications. "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."

"As President Obama said at the latest White House Science Fair, when we inspire students to excel in math and science, we are investing in American jobs and industries of the future," said John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. "I applaud Discovery's longstanding commitment to the Administration's 'Educate to Innovate' initiative to help improve science, technology, engineering, and math education in the United States."

The announcements were made today by Discovery Communications President and CEO David Zaslav at a STEM education event hosted by Benjamin Banneker Middle School in Burtonsville, Maryland. Also speaking at the event were Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, and Kal Penn, host of Discovery Channel's THE BIG BRAIN THEORY: PURE GENIUS.

"Our greatest asset is the talents, skills, creativity, and ingenuity of our people," said Governor O'Malley. "Preparation for becoming the future leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is essential in pursuing the better future we all prefer.  The primary ingredient of innovation is education, the STEM disciplines in particular.  We are pleased to have partners like Discovery Communications to help provide more of our people with the education and skills to be successful."

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