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.
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.
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!).
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.