Earlier in May, Discovery Education took over 160,000 students on field trips across North America – virtually. Through videos, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with producers and field crew members, Discovery Education brought to life the continent’s unique geography, diverse animal species and fascinating ecosystems. Missed the first round or want to go again? The trips are archived, and you can still register for a trip on May 30 (Explore Glacier National Park).
Education and Animal Care Staff from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo speak to students about the diverse wildlife in North America.
Additionally, Discovery Education gave over 180,000 students interactive North America kits that included lesson plans and a screening of the first episode, “Born to Be Wild,” as well as a family engagement guide with a poster, trekking map and animal trading cards.
Kids aren’t the ones having all the fun, though. Baseball fans of all ages will get a sneak peek into North America this weekend at four games this weekend: Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees.
Armchair adventurers can tune into the breathtaking premiere of North America on Discovery Channel, Sunday at 9pm ET/PT, but why wait? Check out a sneak peek below:
Buddy Valastro of TLC’s Cake Boss, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Discovery Communications President & CEO David Zaslav
New Jersey: Where only the strong survive.
We’ve all seen the phrase plastered on shirts and stuck on bumpers, but today we all learned the true definition of “Jersey Strong.”
As we began Day Two, with sore arms and bits fiberglass in our hair, excitement brewed – all of the volunteers (including me) were motivated by Day One’s progress and ready to see our families’ houses continue to return to being homes. While most of us began construction, some members of the Discovery Education team traveled to Sovereign Elementary School, just down the street from our work sites, to meet many of the children affected by the storm and share with them a preview of Discovery Channel’s upcoming series, North America (premiering this Sunday). The children were also treated to a visit from Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni, who brought along North American animals, and Jersey boy, Buddy Valastro, who brought sweet treats from Carlos’ Bakery for the students and staff to enjoy.
When we broke for lunch today, “Discovery Impact” came to life. In a special ceremony opened by a Habitat for Humanity leader and our own David Zaslav, volunteers heard from Jersey natives about the deep value of their work. Buddy Valastro shared his own passion for restoring the state he calls home and then welcomed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The Governor recounted the deep devastation experienced when Superstorm Sandy hit his state and shared hope for the future, as well as genuine appreciation for the volunteers who have joined his mission to restore all New Jersey families to their homes.
Nearly impossible to believe, tomorrow is our final day on site. We’re all excited to see what we’ve accomplished in three days and to bring home the stories of strength and hope we have experienced along the way.
I’ve included below a few photo highlights from the day, as well as an incredible video from two dedicated Habitat for Humanity volunteers – a true dose of inspiration! For more images and stories from today, follow us on Twitter, Instagram (#ourimpact on both!) and Facebook.
Richard and Richard Jr. Shared Their Story with Discovery Communications President & CEO David Zaslav
Last night, Discovery Channel brought an extra measure of magic to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City into with a special premiere event for the breathtaking natural history series, North America. This seven-part special turns the cameras on the continent we call home, showcasing North America’s diverse landscape, extreme weather and curious inhabitants.
The events’ 300 guests, including Founder and Chairman John Hendricks, board members of the National Forest Foundation, representatives from The Nature Conservancy and many more, were treated to a truly incredible experience in the museum’s Millstein Hall of Ocean Life. The premiere featured opening remarks by Discovery CEO David Zaslav and Executive Producer Andrew Jackson, and was followed by a reception of North American specialties, including New Orleans grilled shrimp, mini Maine-style lobster rolls, Alaskan salmon croquettes, Coney Island hot dogs and Texas jalapeño cornbread bites.
In Discovery fashion, guests left with fun mementos of the evening, including a plush bison and the series soundtrack, featuring a brand new song from Bon Jovi…not to mention a renewed love for the place we call home.
Check out a few more pictures from the evening below and mark your calendar for the debut on Discovery Channel on Sunday, May 19 at 9pm ET/PT!
Discovery Communications Founder and Chairman John Hendricks, Discovery and TLC Group President Eileen O’Neill and Discovery Communications President and CEO David Zaslav
The Feast for the Eyes, North America, Was Followed by a Feast for the Stomach
A Night at the Museum
Bison Keep Watch Over Guests’ Seats…Only at Discovery!
In each episode, Penn will present contestants with a seemingly impossible engineering challenge that must be solved in just 30 minutes. The judges will then choose the best engineering concept and select two captains to lead a team in execution. The team with the best execution will receive immunity, and judges will choose one member of the losing team to be eliminated.
This season, contestants will be challenged to detonate explosive bombs on the back of speeding pick-up trucks, create a portable bunker that can be deployed in five minutes and is able to withstand fire, pressurized water and high-speed winds; and construct a robot capable of competing in three different athletic events.
The final winner of the competition will receive a one-year contract to work at WET, the industry leader behind some of the world’s most innovative water-based designed environments and experiences.
Still not convinced? We’ll turn it over to Kal. He has five reasons for you to tune in tonight.
As a company launched on the tenets of curiosity, Discovery has long supported STEM education and its importance in shaping our future leaders (a point I most recently witnessed in action while attending the White House Science Fair last week). Today, Discovery Communications announced a new multimedia, national STEM education initiative called Connect the Dots, designed to inspire students’ interest in STEM education and career paths.
The initiative was announced today by David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications at the Benjamin Banneker Middle School in Burtonsville, Maryland. “Our kids are the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and game changers, and we need them to take on the planet’s challenges and shape a bright, healthy future by embracing STEM careers,” Zaslav said. “Through its unique position as a company founded on igniting curiosity across generations, and with science, technology, engineering and math in our DNA, Discovery is proud to utilize its platforms to help connect the dots between learning and living, theory and practice, algebra and video game design – and inspire the next generation of innovators and leaders in STEM.”
To learn more about Connect the Dots, click here for the full press release. You can also check out some photos of the event below and a video shown at today’s announcement, giving more insight into the Connect the Dots initiative.
Students pose with Discovery Communications President & CEO David Zaslav, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Discovery Channel’s Kal Penn