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Cousteau's grandson visits LI, talks up science

Philippe Cousteau, the grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau,

Philippe Cousteau, the grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, speaks with teachers Tuesday in Bethpage. (Aug. 25, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

The grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau Tuesday told a gathering of more than 150 local educators that science education is the key to avoiding disasters such as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Philippe Cousteau Jr. spoke at a professional development event in Bethpage sponsored by Discovery Education and Power to Learn, an initiative developed by Cablevision, Newsday's parent company. The event was designed to help teachers engage students in STEM - science, technology, engineering and math.

Cousteau spoke of the visits he's made to the Gulf after the BP oil spill in April and how the struggles there illustrate the importance of science education. 

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