3M and Discovery Education Announce First-Ever Young Scientist Virtual Field Trip

Students Will Be Introduced to Top Scientists and Technologies at 3M’s World of Innovation; Co-Hosts include MythBusters: The Search’s Kyle Hill and 2015 Young Scientist Challenge Winner Hannah Herbst

“I think kids are going to geek out on seeing the 3M Innovation Center and meeting real 3M scientists at this Virtual Field Trip as much as I did when I first came here. The energy is infectious!” ― Hannah Herbst

Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn. (Feb. 13, 2017) – Today, Discovery Education and 3M announced the launch of the first Young Scientist Global Virtual Field Trip for kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms with exclusive access to 3M Headquarters’ ‘World of Innovation’ in St. Paul, Minn. Broadcast live on February 23, 2017, at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST, classrooms can register to attend this unique event by visiting https://www.youngscientistlab.com/vft. This Virtual Field Trip is part of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier competition recognizing scientific thinking and imagination in curious students in grades 5-8. This year, the Young Scientist Challenge celebrates its 10th anniversary.

During the 40-minute no-cost experience, students will be introduced to 3M scientists and engineers who are applying science to everyday life. 3M’s Vice President, New Platforms – Growth & Commercialization, Dr. Gayle Schueller, will kick off the event and introduce 3M scientists who will answer students’ questions live about STEM careers, scientific processes, and more.

Plus, the materials and scientific thinking behind various innovations will be highlighted ― from ion batteries that power smartphones to solar panel technologies. Students will see material that helps protect computers in a fire and learn how smart phones stay brighter, last longer and stay in one piece when you drop it. In addition, a number of hands-on experiments will be conducted, such as dunking a tablet in a special engineered liquid that can clean electronic components, douse fires and still allow you to still take a selfie.

Co-hosting the event is Kyle Hill, host of The Science Channel’s MythBusters: The Search, science editor at Nerdist.com, and host of YouTube’s Because Science. Joining him is 16-year-old Hannah Herbst, the 2015 Young Scientist Challenge winner. Herbst was also a 2016 White House Science Fair Presenter, a United Nations Guest Speaker, and was recently profiled in Wired Magazine.

“The 3M World of Innovation is a dynamic backdrop that highlights how 3M science helps improve lives,” said Dr. Schueller. “This Virtual Field Trip is a natural extension of our partnership with Discovery Education, allowing 3M scientists to bring their excitement and passion for science directly into classrooms to inspire the next generation of inventors.”

“Virtual Field Trips like this help me introduce my class to locations and people we might otherwise not ever get the chance to meet,” said Jessica Donaldson, a teacher at Cane Bay Middle School (Moncks Corner, SC), in the Berkeley County School District. “I look forward to participating in this free event and explaining to my students how science really is a part of their everyday lives.”

“We're thrilled to take students across the country on a virtual journey to explore 3M Headquarters’ ‘World of Innovation,’" said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer, Discovery Education. “3M continues to be a leader in bringing innovative experiences to classrooms that make science relevant to young people and, through our partnership, this live event will introduce thousands of students to interesting and unique STEM careers and demonstrate how to think like a scientist working in a lab --- applying science, critical-thinking and creativity to solve real-world problems.”

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge offers young inventors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored by a 3M Scientist, compete for $25,000, and earn the title of “America's Top Young Scientist.” For more information, and to learn about submission guidelines, tips from previous winners and complete rules, see https://www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge.

And for more information about other virtual field trips and initiatives from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.