MCN Visits Northeastern's Marine Science Center

Science Center's view of the ocean

Science Center's view of the ocean

Main entrance of the Marine Science Center

Main entrance of the Marine Science Center

Two of MCN's summer interns, Wendy and Amanda, visited Northeastern's Marine Science Center on Friday, July 28th 2017. Located in Nahant, MA, the Center's scenic facilities is right by the ocean and only a thirty minute drive from Northeastern's main campus in Boston, MA. The Science Center is the perfect place for a college student obsessed with the city and crazy about the ocean!

Northeastern Marine and Environmental Sciences professor Brian Helmuth generously invited MCN to tour their Nahant facilities and chat with students about exciting research projects happening at the site. One of many ongoing projects at the Center is a collaboration with the Museum of Science in creating visualizations to help stakeholders understand climate adaptation.

Mark Patterson with an AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). Fun Fact: the poster in the back of this photo shows the longest continuously running underwater robot (AUV)! 

Mark Patterson with an AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). Fun Fact: the poster in the back of this photo shows the longest continuously running underwater robot (AUV)! 

The opportunity to see first-hand what a facility that focuses on research and advocacy for the oceans looks like while connecting with students was phenomenal as MCN works with undergraduates students and is currently promoting the Oceans Campaign.

Observing the heart beat of a muscle! 

Observing the heart beat of a muscle! 

Barbecues are held every Friday in the summer at MSC!

Barbecues are held every Friday in the summer at MSC!

Highlights from the tour of the labs include getting to view video footage taken from Mission 31 via 3D virtual reality (VR) goggles, being shown an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), checking out a "coral reef microcosm" inside a repurposed World War 2 bunker, and connecting with faculty & students at a barbecue hosted on site (the Center throws a barbecue lunch every Friday in the summer!).

Taking a peek into Mission 31! Links to all of their virtual tours, both video and still, are on their web site. 

Taking a peek into Mission 31! Links to all of their virtual tours, both video and still, are on their web site

World War 2 bunker repurposed into a laboratory

World War 2 bunker repurposed into a laboratory

Checking out a "Coral Reef Microcosm"!

Checking out a "Coral Reef Microcosm"!

Faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, high schoolers, and volunteers alike at the Science Center were all passionate about the marine sciences and the various projects & research happening on site. MCN highly encourages all the undergraduate students to carry that passion with them and consider applying for the $5,000 Millennium Oceans Prize!

MCN is proud to have Northeastern University as one of its Millennium Campuses and is very excited to continue its new partnership with the Marine Science Center.

Beach Sisters is a collaborative program between MSC and Girls Inc. of Lynn to help pave the way for high school girls to develop scientific inquiry and citizenship skills, and to learn about academic and career opportunities in marine and environmental science.

Beach Sisters is a collaborative program between MSC and Girls Inc. of Lynn to help pave the way for high school girls to develop scientific inquiry and citizenship skills, and to learn about academic and career opportunities in marine and environmental science.

Navigating a virtual tour in the ocean! Try it out yourself on their web site. 

Navigating a virtual tour in the ocean! Try it out yourself on their web site