Wisconsin’s Stevens Point Area Public School District today announced it has renewed its multiyear partnership with Discovery Education supporting science education in grades K-5. This continued collaboration ensures students and teachers in the district’s K-5 classrooms will continue to use the company’s award-winning Mystery Science service to deeply engage students in science instruction. Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports instruction wherever it takes place.
The Stevens Point Area Public School District lies directly in the center of Wisconsin, covering over four hundred square miles. While being one of the State's largest districts, in both area, and student membership, the district exemplifies excellence in education, as evidenced by the fact that Stevens Point’s students continually achieve higher percentages than the State average, of proficiency and advanced proficiency in the Wisconsin Forward Examinations.
Following a careful review of the district’s usage and success with the Mystery Science service, school administrators elected to renew for three additional years the partnership with Discovery Education that brings Mystery Science to Stevens Point’s K-5 classrooms. By doing so, the district believes they are leveraging students’ natural curiosity about the world around them to build the scientific fundamentals that will drive future success in the subject in middle school, high school, and beyond.
Mystery Science, which joined the family of Discovery Education services in 2020 and recently won SIIA’s Best Science Instructional Solution CODiE award for Grades PK – 8, provides K-5 educators simple to use, open-and-go, hands-on lessons that inspire students to love science. Each lesson begins by posing a question commonly asked by young students. Students then explore these questions through interactive videos featuring real-world visuals fostering a sense of wonder and actively supporting student engagement in the accompanying discussion prompts.
Then, students participate in easy to prepare hands-on labs that use simple science supplies commonly found in classrooms or at home. Mystery Science contains everything teachers need to get students engaged in hands-on science and make that subject the best class of the day.
Mystery Science simplifies prep for teachers, making the integration of this resource into classroom instruction simple. Plus, all K-5 science lessons are now available in Spanish, with accompanying videos featuring authentic Spanish narration and Spanish text-on-screen (for discussion questions, vocabulary words, and step-by-step instructions). Editable ready-to-use worksheets and assessments are also available in both English and Spanish.
“Finding a digital science resource that not only engages all students but is also simple to use and is popular with teachers is difficult, ” said Stevens Point’s Assistant Superintendent and Director of Elementary Education Christopher Nyman. “We are very excited to renew this important partnership with Discovery Education, as it is helping to prepare our K-5 students for future success at both the Stevens Point Area Public School District and beyond.”
All Stevens Point educators enjoy access to the Discovery Education Community. A global network of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable idea sharing and inspiration.
“Discovery Education is proud to deepen its relationship with Stevens Point Area Public School District,” said Sage Pintler, Discovery Education’s Mystery Science District Partnership Manager. “Stevens Point has created exciting digital learning environments that are building each student’s love of the natural world, and we are pleased to be supporting the work of this district’s talented team of educators.”
For more information about Discovery Education’s award-winning digital resources—which can be purchased with federal stimulus funds—and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 100 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.