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Partnering with Discovery Education means collaborating with some of Discovery’s biggest and most inspiring names in science and environmental education.
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Engaging Discovery Personalities Connect Learning to the World

  • Philippe Cousteau - Environmental Education

    Philippe Cousteau is the son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr., and the grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. As a member of the legendary family, Philippe is continuing the work of his father through EarthEcho International, the non-profit organization he founded with his sister and mother and of which he serves as CEO.

    Philippe has worked on various ocean and environmentally-focused programs for Animal Planet and Planet Green.  In September 2010, he hosted Your Green World  for CNN International and CNN en Español.  Philippe and his sister Alexandra are hosts of Planet Green’s annual Blue August initiative, an entire month of programming that celebrates our oceans.  Philippe hosted Oceans Blue, a High Definition Discovery networks/BBC series which premiered in the U.K. in 2008 and in the U.S. on Planet Green in August 2010.

    Philippe is committed to telling the important environmental and human stories impacting our planet. His goal is to engage and empower people to take action for a brighter future.  His tools are simple—education, balanced advocacy and a commitment to action.

    This commitment to encourage and inspire serves Philippe in his Environmental Education role.  Discovery Education has partnered with Philippe on various initiatives that extend beyond the walls of the classroom.  Cousteau has spoken at FETC, NECC, NSTA, CoGCS and countless other key industry events.  In addition, Cousteau hosted the winners of the Siemen’s We Can Change the World Challenge in Yellowstone National Park.

    Cousteau has been a tireless advocate for the people, wildlife and the environment.  Speaking out about environmental issues through documentaries, media appearances, congressional hearings, books, articles and speeches, he provides perspective and compassion.
    Twitter: @pcousteau
    Network Link: Oceans Deadliest

    Company/Projects: Join Philippe, EarthEcho, Discovery Education and Planet Green today in the Water Planet Challenge!

    The Water Planet Challenge will foster tomorrow’s conservation leaders by filling a critical need in America’s classrooms that currently lack unified ocean and fresh water systems education and service-learning content.  It will revolutionize the environmental movement by pioneering the development of technologies that measure the collective impact of service experiences.

    Water Planet Challenge: Water Planet Challenge
  • Reed Timmer - Chief Meteorologist, Discovery Education and Storm Chasers, Discovery Channel


    Reed Timmer is best known as a star on Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers.  In 2008, Reed became the first person in history to capture High Definition video inside a tornado while filming for Discovery.  
    Reed’s “hands-on” experience with a vast assortment of hazardous weather and natural disasters, as well as his extensive education in the science of meteorology, have made him one of the world’s most respected experts on severe weather forecasting, safety and survival.
    Reed is a strong advocate for extreme weather and disaster education, making him the perfect partner for Discovery Education.  Bringing to life for children of all ages the fury and havoc extreme storms create, Reed is passionate about educating students.  Reed has conducted keynote presentations at key industry conferences such as FETC, NCCE.  Most recently, Reed hosted the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in Minneapolis, MN.
    In addition to his work with Discovery Education, Reed conducts storm spotter seminars for the National Weather Service, emergency managers, and the general public.  He is a published author, Into the Storm and has also appeared on all major news networks, including Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, CNN with Wolf Blitzer, CBS, NBC, and The Weather Channel.
    In addition to storm chasing year-round, Reed is currently working toward a PhD in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. 
    Talent Projects/Companies:
    Twitter: @reedtimmerTVN
    Facebook ReedTimmerTVN: ReedTimmerTVN
    Facebook StormChasers: StormChasers
    Show Site: Storm Chasers
  • Danny Forster - Chief Architecture and Engineering Expert, Discovery Education and Host, Science Build it Bigger


    Best known as host of Science series, Build It Bigger, Danny Forster loves architecture, from the gorgeous curve of a building's roofline to the mathematics at its foundation. Forster has built a career out of ingenious architectural solution: celebrating it as a television host, lecturing about it as a speaker and professor, and finding it himself as a practicing architect.
    Additionally, Forster is one of the Executive Producers for Discovery Channel’s Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero series from award winning Producer, Steven Spielberg.  The new World Trade Center may well be the most complex, demanding and detailed construction project ever attempted.  The vision behind it requires a place to remember as well as to welcome the future' it calls for both an open, inviting layout and safety measurements above and beyond the highest standards.
    Forster partners with Discovery Education on various initiatives.  His intoxicating passion for educating and inspiring students is both infectious and compelling.  Forster travels doing school lectures and educational conferences on behalf of Discovery.  In 2008 and 2009, Forster hosted the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge - the nations’ premier science competition for students in grades 5-8.  Most recently, he presented at the Council of Great City Schools conference in Boston, MA.
    Forster first studied architecture as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, where he received a BA in Architectural History in 1999. After several years in New York City, he entered Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He received his Master's degree in architecture in 2006, and went on to open his own firm, DANNY FORSTER Design Studio, based in Brooklyn. 
    Forster's passion for great architecture and his exceptional ability to share that passion have made him a sought-after speaker and a popular teacher. In 2008 he joined the faculty at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, in addition Syracuse University asked him to bring the course to its School of Architecture.

    Twitter: @dannyforster
    Facebook: BuildItBigger
    Show Site: Build It Bigger
  • Mythbusters: Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage - Hosts

    Adam Savage - Co-Host, Discovery Channel's MythBusters

    Most notably known one of the hosts of the award winning series on Discovery Channel, MythBusters, Adam Savage has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what’s in his brain and make it real.  He's built everything from ancient Buddhas to futuristic weapons, from spaceships to dancing vegetables, from fine art sculptures to animated chocolate — and just about anything else you can think of.
    Today, in addition to co-hosting MythBusters, Adam teaches, lectures and consults on a variety of topics to students, businesses and everyday Joes.  The MythBusters is a unique tool for Adam and his co-host, Jamie Hyneman, to touch the education environment in a very unique and engaging way.   Adam and Jamie are dedicated to fostering excitement and curiosity in children (and adults!) of all ages.
    Since 1993, Adam was concentrated on the special effects industry, honing his skills through more than 100 television commercials and a dozen feature films, including Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Galaxy Quest, Terminator 3, A.I. and the Matrix sequels. He's also designed props and sets for Coca-Cola, Hershey's, Lexus and a host of New York and San Francisco theater companies. 
    Not only has he worked and consulted in the research and development division for toy companies and made several short films, but Adam has also acted in several films and commercials — including a Charmin ad, in which he played Mr. Whipple's stock boy, and a Billy Joel music video, "Second Wind," in which he drowns. 
    Somehow he also finds time to devote to his own art — his sculptures have been showcased in over 40 shows in San Francisco, New York and Charleston, West Virginia. 

    Show Site: MythBusters

    Jamie Hyneman - Co-Host, Discovery Channel's MythBusters
    Most notably known one of the hosts of the award winning series on Discovery Channel, MythBusters, Jamie Hyneman is a multifaceted man.  He has been a wilderness survival expert, boat captain, diver, linguist, animal wrangler, machinist and cook, just to name a few.
    Jamie earned a degree in Russian languages and ran a sailing/diving charter business in the Caribbean for several years before he moved over to the visual-effects industry.  18 years ago, Jamie took over the shop and created M5 INDUSTRIES INC.  Jamie has worked on more than 800 commercials for major automobile manufacturers, soft-drink companies, athletic shoes and numerous other products. And in the midst of all this activity, Jamie's company diversified into toy prototyping and research and development in a variety of other areas as well. The holder of several patents and the winner of numerous industry awards, Jamie is also a long-standing Screen Actors Guild member. 
    The MythBusters is a unique avenue for Jamie and his co-host, Adam Savage, to touch the education environment in a very unique and engaging way.   Adam and Jamie are dedicated to fostering excitement and curiosity in children (and adults!) of all ages.
    Today, in addition to co-hosting MythBusters, Jamie’s company, M5 is actively developing cutting edge technologies for a variety of industries.  

    Show Site: MythBusters

    Twitter - Adam Savage - @donttrythis
    Twitter - Jamie Hyneman - @JamieNoTweet
    Twitter - show - MythBusters
    Facebook - Jamie Hymeman and Adam Savage - JamieandAdam
    Facebook - Show - Mythbusters
    Show Site: MythBusters
  • Kari Byron - Host, Science Head Rush and Co-Host, Discovery Channel's MythBusters


    Kari Byron is a born tinkerer and explorer. By the age of 5, she was experimenting on her sister, and using her dolls as crash test dummies. Luckily for her parents, they always caught her in time — right before her little sister took a ride down a laundry chute or recruited her for an "around-the-world" attempt on the playground swings.
    After graduating from San Francisco State University and traveling the world, Kari began her career as a sculptor and painter, holding successful exhibitions at some of San Francisco's leading galleries. "Artist" was only one of many hats she wore while searching for her place in the world. Her sculpting skills — and penchant for odd jobs — soon led her into the field of model-making and toy-prototyping, which led to a job with Jamie Hyneman at M5 Industries. It was at M5 that Kari got her big break with Discovery Channel's MythBusters …and the rest is history.

    Kari is thrilled to host Head Rush, an all new, one-hour, commercial-free program on Science, made for middle-school students, but fun for the curious kid of any age. Her aim is to inspire and excite us about the wonders of science and show science at work in our everyday lives. No subject will go unexplored! Kari dives into mathematics, science, technology, engineering, natural history and space with hands-on experiments, video shorts, viewer questions and answers, games, and special celebrity visits from other members of the Discovery TV family.
    In addition to Head Rush, Kari is also the Host of Large Dangerous Rocket Ships and Punkin Chunkin on Science.

    Twitter: @KariByron
    Show Site: MythBusters
    Show Site: HeadRush
  • Dave Salmoni - Large Predator Expert and On-Air Host, Discovery Education and Animal Planet


    Dave Salmoni is Animal Planet's apex predator expert and is host of a number of Animal Planet and Discovery Channel programs including Rogue Nature, Predator vs. Prey, Into the Lion's Den and After the Attack, all series that he hosts and produces.
    Salmoni, wears many hats. He's a zoologist, a renowned animal trainer, a television presenter and a producer with his own South Africa-based production company, Triosphere. And, Salmoni successfully has been able to marry all these titles, emphasizing one common denominator - his love for animals. 
    In early 2000, Salmoni was offered a life-changing opportunity to be the first to travel with two captive-bred Bengal tigers to Africa and train them how to hunt and survive in the wild. Salmoni combined his trainer and zoology techniques to achieve this conservation goal, which was documented in Discovery Channel's Living with Tigers. Following this experience, Salmoni lived among African lions for three months in an attempt to show that lions and humans can co-exist in the same area; this journey was captured in the documentary Into the Lion's Den, which aired on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel.
    Born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, Salmoni always surrounded himself with wildlife.  This lifelong love affair, curiosity and passion encouraged Dave to partner with Discovery Education.  Dave’s knowledge and personal journeys educates and inspires classrooms the world over.  Dave has recently partnered with Discovery Education on the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.
    Outside of his native Canada, Salmoni enjoys Yellowstone National Park and South Africa, where he has lived for five consecutive years and since then, he continues to visit three months out of the year.


    Twitter: @davesalmoni
    Show Site: Dave Salmoni

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