Stanley Black & Decker, the world’s largest tools and storage company and leader in engineered fastening and security, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, have announced Innovation Generation: Making an Impact’s inaugural Concept and Create Virtual Field Trip. Nationwide, the digitally immersive experience is scheduled to premiere on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET from Stanley Black & Decker’s Makerspace based in Towson, Md. The Concept and Create Virtual Field Trip experience will transport students across the country beyond the walls of their classrooms, into Stanley Black & Decker’s Makerspace, where they will learn science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) concepts from industry experts – including how teamwork can lead to technological advancements. Viewers are encouraged to register for the event, and join @DiscoveryEd and @StanleyBlkDeckr for a LIVE Concept and Create Virtual Field Trip Twitter chat using the hashtag #InnovationGenVFT.
“Stanley Black & Decker is partnering with Discovery Education to challenge the nation’s most innovative and creative minds to build a STEAM-powered future,” said Stanley Black & Decker Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility Deb Geyer. “Stanley Black & Decker’s social impact strategy focuses on empowering the next generation of makers and doers, and we know that digitally immersive experiences expand access to youth regardless of their zip code. We’re excited about advancing 21st century learning opportunities and providing access for youth around the country.”
During the Concept and Create Virtual Field Trip, Stanley Black & Decker employees help students understand the process of building prototypes and walk them through core aspects of the Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace. Students will be challenged to develop Crash Test Cars and will engage with diverse STEAM careers in context – connecting them with examples of real-world applications. Exploring direct connections to vocational STEAM, young learners will also experience first-hand how math, science, technology, creativity and teamwork can lead to technological advancements in our everyday lives.
Innovation Generation resources are available at no-cost at www.innovation-gen.com and within Discovery Education Streaming Plus, an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. Discovery Education Streaming Plus empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom.
“Innovation Generation’s ‘Concept and Create Virtual Field Trip’ demonstrates Stanley Black & Decker’s dedication to empowering cross-disciplinary student learning and Discovery Education is a proud partner in this initiative to help students connect the dots between classrooms and careers,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marking Officer at Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “Together, we are excited to forge new pathways of access that invite youth to explore STEAM concepts that can help us build a better world.”
The Virtual Field Trip is part of Innovation Generation: Making an Impact, an initiative aimed to inspire educators and students in grades 6-10 to explore the innovation continuum. Powered by Stanley Black & Decker’s tools, including leading brands such as DEWALT, CRAFTSMAN, STANLEY, IRWIN and BLACK+DECKER, together with Discovery Education’s unparalleled classroom reach, Innovation Generation: Making an Impact fuels student learning and inspires the maker spirit within us all. Innovation Generation: Making an Impact complements Stanley Black & Decker’s existing maker-focused efforts, which include Makerspace collaboration initiatives with universities and other organizations, global apprenticeship programs, sponsorship of WorldSkills International, and the company’s Manufactory 4.0 initiative – an effort that encompasses job retraining efforts. Stanley Black & Decker also runs the STANLEY+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator program.
“The ‘Concept and Create’ Virtual Field Trip will give me tools and resources to share with my teachers, helping them to connect their students to new STEAM concepts as they uncover exciting new career possibilities,” said Conni Mulligan, Technology Facilitator at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education’s effort to bring this invaluable resource to classrooms nationwide will leave a lasting mark on how educators reimagine teaching and learning, and how students process the potential of innovation in making and doing.”
Innovation Generation resources help students build the important critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills needed for success beyond the classroom and support student achievement. Learn more about these no-cost tools at innovation-gen.com and at discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.