Calling All Students: It's Not Too Late to Combat Brain Drain with SOPHIA Summer Challenge

  Calling All Students: It's Not Too Late to Combat Brain Drain with SOPHIA
                               Summer Challenge

Two Weeks Remain to Complete Quizzes for Chance to Win an iPad®

PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS, July 18, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With more than half of the summer
break behind us, students only have two weeks left to participate in the
SOPHIA Summer Challenge – a free online contest where kids watch tutorials and
complete quizzes on for a chance to win an iPad® and fight summer
brain drain.

The SOPHIA Summer Challenge was developed by in partnership with
Bill Nye "The Science Guy" to keep students' minds active during the summer
months, when they can lose up to 40 percent of what they learned the previous
year. So far, more than 3,000 individuals have completed over 17,000 quizzes
for a chance to win an iPad®. Weekly winners have been chosen including Sue
from Maryland who is using SOPHIA with her son to review online math

"With more than 25,000 free tutorials, many of them sequenced to school
standards, SOPHIA is a great free tool available for teachers and students
throughout the year," said Steve Anastasi, president and Chief Technology
Officer for SOPHIA. "And we've partnered with Bill Nye to bring even more
science content and fun science activities that students can do alone, with
friends, or with their parents. The Summer Challenge is a great way for
students to have fun while staying fresh on what they've learned or work ahead
on the subjects they'll be studying in the coming school year."

Students are invited to visit to participate in the SOPHIA
Summer Challenge, learn about science through a variety of Bill Nye
experiments they can do at home and even learn about one of Nye's favorite
topics, the Mars Science Laboratory Mission that will be landing the Curiosity
rover on Mars in August.

SOPHIA is an innovative online social education platform that offers more than
25,000 free tutorials on a variety of subjects including math, science,
English and more taught by hundreds of teachers and education enthusiasts
using a mixture of text, audio, video and slideshows. It also offers learning
pathways in a variety of subjects that lead students on a learning journey
from one concept to the next, where they are quizzed to determine mastery
before progressing to the next topic.

To participate in the SOPHIA Summer Challenge, students 13 and older simply
register online, review a tutorial and complete a quiz for the chance to win
an iPad®. Prizes are awarded weekly during the challenge, which runs until
July 29, 2012. (Complete sweepstakes rules can be found at

Students also can experiment with science by visiting the Bill Nye library on that features 40 science experiments they can do at home. From
making a Twistin' Tornado and growing mold, to making marbled paper and
learning why things float differently in lakes than in oceans, the interactive
home demos provide visual representations of how science is all around us.

Nye also is the CEO of the Planetary Society and is raising awareness for the
latest Mars Mission, which has the Curiosity rover landing on the planet on
August 5. Nye and SOPHIA have developed content about the mission that will be
updated and expanded throughout the summer months so students can learn about
the mission and space exploration.

To learn more, visit

SOPHIA is a first-of-its-kind social education platform that offers students
many ways to learn by making free, credible academic content available to
anyone, anywhere, at anytime. The site offers more than 25,000 tutorials
created by hundreds of teachers and experts taught in a variety of ways. The
platform further enhances the learning process by offering quizzes, assessing
learning preferences and providing learning paths that lead students from one
topic to the next so students of all ages can learn the way they learn best.
SOPHIA is owned by Capella Education Company. For more information, visit

PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes ends 7/29/12. For Official Rules, prize descriptions
and odds disclosure, visit Sponsor: Sophia
Learning LLC, 110 N. 5th Street, Suite 520, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Contact: Laura Telander Graf


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