National Geographic
Student Matinee

Extreme Ocean

Courtesy of Mission 31

  • April 10, 2018

  • 10 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Regular $5.00

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Student Matinee

Friend of rays, sharks, octopi, and other marine life she’s encountered while living underseas, ocean engineer and aquanaut Grace Young develops technologies that help us better see and understand the ocean and all that live there. She is currently using artificial intelligence to 3-D model coral reefs and collaborating with NASA. Students will learn why ocean exploration is crucial to preserving life on Earth as we know it and how to get involved.

THEMES: oceans, STEM, conservation


Photograph by Allegra Boverman

Grace C. Young


An ocean engineer, aquanaut, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, GRACE C. YOUNG has developed technologies that help us better understand the ocean, including underwater robots and camera systems that record fish populations, 3-D map ice shelves and coral reefs, and photograph marine life in ways the human eye cannot see. She’s developed technology for NASA, CERN, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She's currently refurbishing a deep-sea submarine for manned expeditions into the ocean's unexplored depths. A graduate of MIT with a degree in mechanical and ocean engineering, Grace is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Oxford University. In 2014, she spent 15 days living underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base as the youngest aquanaut on Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31.

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