AMNH Milstein Science: Ocean Technology event for families

On Sunday, February 25, The American Museum of Natural History’s will host their next Milstein Science Series: Ocean Technology, where families can take turns maneuvering several remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) in a large pool under the big blue whale, view microscopic specimens in three dimensions, and so much more!

photo credit is ©AMNH/D. Finnin

Current underwater technology allows us to explore the ocean beyond our wildest imagination. Advanced devices such as submersibles, robotics, and sensors enable scientists to descend to depths unfit for divers, transmit data more quickly, and collect samples of unexplored ecosystems.

Attendees will learn more about the explorers and equipment that make today’s investigations possible.

Underwater Robots

Extreme ocean conditions have challenged engineers to develop technologies that reach undersea depths unsafe for divers. Check out the newest and coolest underwater technologies designed for aquatic work environments. Kids can take turns maneuvering several remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) built from PVC pipes in a large pool under the big blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Also in the pool, experts will demonstrate a robotic fish used to gather underwater data.

Tag, You're It!

Scientists use satellite tagging and buoy technology to better locate species and study their behaviors. Practice gathering data from tagged sharks with the New York Aquarium. Also view an acoustic buoy used to gather whale sounds and make some electronic whale songs of your own.

Virtual Ocean

Unleash your inner aquanaut and discover a vivid underwater world full of life with the immersive experience Ocean Rift, and view microscopic specimens in three dimensions with the Jaffe Laboratory for Underwater Imaging.

Blacklight Puppet Performance - 11am and 4 pm

Make a splash with Professor Nautilus and Spyglass Theater during a special puppet performance of S.C.U.B.A. (Super Cool Underwater Blacklight Adventure).

Meet the Experts - Noon and 2:30 pm

Join scientists Mercer Brugler, Beth Orcutt, and Fritz Stahr as they share stories of deep-sea research and the technologies making these explorations possible. Q&A moderated by Curator Mark Siddall.

For more information about AMNH exhibits, call 212-769-5100 or visit

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