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Discovery Cube Announces Partnership with PFMG Solar Who Will Provide $500,000 in Funding for Next Generation Science Standards to Orange County Teachers

SANTA ANA, CA – January 6, 2016 – Discovery Cube and PFMG Solar today announced a partnership to assist Orange County school districts in meeting the coming requirements of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). PFMG Solar has pledged a $500,000 teacher training fund to help school districts meet the Next Generation Science Standards using Discovery Cube’s professional development workshops.

All teachers in California must meet the new NGSS requirement in 2016. Discovery Cube currently offers teacher professional development programs that explore the methodologies and strategies associated with teaching NGSS. PFMG Solar has pledged to help offset the cost of these professional development workshops for Orange County school districts who implement a solar energy program with PFMG.

Discovery Cube sees an estimated 500 educators every year in professional development workshops, which are designed by the Cube’s Vice President of Education, Janet Yamaguchi. She has served on each of the California Department of Education’s NGSS Science Review Team, Science Expert Panel, and currently sits on the NGSS Strategic Implementation Team.
This partnership brings together the next generation of education with the next generation of energy. By combining on-site renewable energy generation along with the professional development program, PFMG Solar and Discovery Cube are working together to save schools money, prepare students for the future, and improve the quality of education for all Orange County children.

“We are excited to be partnering with an innovative and community focused company, like PFMG Solar,” said Joe Adams, CEO of the Discovery Science Foundation and president of Discovery Cube Orange County. “Through this partnership, we will be able to train a higher number of educators, thus creating long-term impact in the classroom and on Orange County students.”

“PFMG Solar, the number one solar energy provider for Southern California schools, recognizes the significant value provided by Discovery Cube. Our mission of enriching our local school districts is in complete concert with the Cube and we are thrilled about our new partnership,” said Paul Mikos, President of PFMG Solar.

About Discovery Science Foundation

The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original nonprofit Taco Bell Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube Orange County, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Center was named one of the ten “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In November 2014, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a second nonprofit museum offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, opened in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit Follow the Orange County and Los Angeles campus on Twitter (@DiscoveryCubeOC and @DiscoveryCubeLA).

About PFMG Solar

Based in Huntington Beach, CA, PFMG Solar provides turnkey solar solutions to its clients by utilizing a combination of engineering expertise, private investor financing, and federal and state subsidies. The company has also completed over 45 MWs of projects for Southern California public agencies including the County of Orange, City of Palmdale and City of Lancaster. Additionally, the company is under contract to develop another 14 MWs of solar projects for the Simi Valley Hospital, Chaffey Joint Union High School District, San Gabriel Unified School District, Alta Loma School District, Sulphur Springs School District and Central School District.

For more information contact Paul Mikos at (714) 465-4904 or visit


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