This past Tuesday we went to the Kauffman Center for the first lecture in the 2020 National Geographic series. These lectures have been such a valuable and interesting activity for the kids to attend – they are hearing from scientists, researchers, photographers, and videographers about their travels to locations around the world learning more about and helping us better understand nature.
This week’s program was led by Andy Mann, a photographer who has used his experience working in fisheries, climbing mountains, and diving to capture some amazing photographs of all kinds of different animals – polar bears, seals, walruses, and multiple species of sharks – as well as coral reefs, arctic terrain, and on and on. His stories were entertaining and informative, and gave them so much to talk about later. His work was even featured in an iPhone ad!
The kids had a wonderful time learning about how Mr. Mann progressed from a fisheries major who wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do, to an expert climber, how he learned to dive (they loved his story about his scuba instructor & the faux shark fin!), and most especially when the shark tried to steal his camera (clip is included in the video below). His stories were entertaining and informative, and gave the kids so much to talk about later!
Many thanks to the Kauffman Center, National Geographic, and Andy Mann for providing yet another wonderful educational event for local students. We had a great time, and look forward to the next one!