Itron and Discovery Education Present the 'Internet of Things' Virtual Field Trip Amplifying the Connections Between Innovation and Conservation

June 5th No-Cost Virtual Experience Helps Educators Engage with Students on the Topic of Sustainability in the Era of Remote Learning and Observe World Environment Day
May 27, 2020 9:00 AM ET
Press Release

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 27, 2020 /3BL Media/ - In celebration of World Environment Day, Itron and Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—present the Internet of Things: Infinite Possibilities Virtual Field Trip, premiering on June 5, 2020. Students and families can register for the no-cost field trip here.

During the completely virtual experience, students in grades 6-9 gain an exciting look at how the internet they use in their everyday lives can conserve natural resources, protect ecosystems, and create safer, more sustainable communities. During this event, students will also dive into the world of cutting-edge smart technology and sustainable innovation by meeting talented real-world STEM professionals.

The United Nations’ World Environment Day dedicates time for the global community to reimagine human’s relationship with nature. This year’s theme, Time for Nature, empowers students to connect the dots between natural resources and human impact by focusing on innovative solutions to today’s most pressing challenges.

“In line with the ethos of the Itron and Discovery Education Conservation Station program, the new Internet of Things Virtual Field Trip was filmed and produced 100% virtually, as to accommodate for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marina Donovan, Vice President of Global Marketing and Public Affairs at Itron. “On World Environment Day, and every day, we are thrilled to amplify the power of technology as a tool to build innovative sustainability solutions by presenting the future’s leaders with new ideas and real connections.”

“This World Environment Day Virtual Field Trip demonstrates the power of the internet to foster connectivity and unite forces for the betterment of the planet,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate & Community Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We are proud to partner with Itron to present a dynamic digital learning experience that amplifies the important role young people play in using STEM skills to support the creation of a more sustainable world."

The Itron Internet of Things Virtual Field Trip builds upon the suite of no-cost virtual learning resources offered from the Itron and Discovery Education educational program, Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World. Through Conservation Station, middle school educators, students and their caregivers receive access to hands-on, innovative, engaging, standards-aligned resources encouraging the exploration between water and energy through the lens of conservation. Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World resources are available at learntoconserve.com and through Discovery Education Experience’s Corporate & Community Partnerships channel and the Virtual Field Trips channel.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Discovery Education is offering schools and school systems not currently using the company’s digital services free access to Discovery Education Experience. Schools accepting this offer will have access to Discovery Education’s dynamic K-12 learning platform and its ready-to-use digital lesson plans, activities, and standards-aligned resources through the remainder of the school year. In addition, Discovery Education is offering a suite of no cost resources for parents and caregivers called Daily DE that can be used at home. For information, visit Discovery Education’s comprehensive Virtual Learning resource center dedicated to helping educators adapt their instruction to meet today’s need.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit DiscoveryEducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Itron
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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contacts
Grace Maliska, Discovery Education, gmaliska@discoveryed.com