Discovery Education, which provides curriculum-aligned digital resources and professional learning for primary and secondary schools, has acquired Mystery Science, which offers multimedia science and STEM lessons for primary-school children.

Each Mystery Science lesson begins by posing a question commonly asked by youngsters, which is followed by a series of brief videos and prompts used to guide class discussion. The lesson concludes with an activity incorporating basic supplies commonly found in a classroom or at home.

Examples of the sort of questions answered include: Where do rivers flow? Could a volcano pop up where you live? Why do the stars come out at night? and How far can a whisper travel? 

Mystery Science claims its resources are used in more than 50% of US elementary schools each month.

Discovery Education president of K12 education Scott Kinney said: “The extraordinary team developing and delivering Mystery Science share Discovery Education’s dedication to helping students understand and make sense of the natural world around them.

“Together, we are better positioned to deepen our impact by providing all learners endless opportunities to investigate real-world problems, uncover understanding, inspire innovation and pursue unlimited possibilities.”

Mystery Science co-founder Doug Peltz added: “Mystery Science was created to help educators turn the conventional approach of answering children’s questions on its head.

“Our core goal, also shared by Discovery Education, is to help as many educators as possible nurture students’ natural curiosity through the Mystery Science resources, and we look forward to expanding our impact together.”

K&L Gates was counsel to Discovery Education in connection with the transaction, and Fenwick & West was counsel to Mystery Science.

In August last year, Discovery Education acquired virtual and augmented reality provider Inspyro and in July this year acquired learning platform Spiral. 

Discovery Education is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Mystery Science is headquartered in San Francisco.

Date published: 2 November 2020

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