Hangout With NG Engineers at Maker Camp on Google+

Click on the video above for a tour through the National Geographic Remote Imaging shop where engineers design and build Crittercams, octocopter cameras, underwater exploration tools and more.

This tour is part of Maker Camp from Google+ and MAKE Magazine, a virtual summer camp for teens focused simply on “creating, building, and discovering.” Every day for a month experts post a project online and then join a group video chat Hangout in the afternoon to answer questions and look at photos, videos, and more from campers who built the project that day.

In addition every Friday there’s a “field trip” where campers get an inside look at some of the most exciting and creative projects going on today.

Today, National Geographic joined the adventure by hosting the Friday Field Trip in our Remote Imaging shop, where engineers design and build the innovative technology used on some of our most exciting expeditions. Veteran team-members Eric Berkenpas, Alan Turchik, and Mike Shepard will also  demonstrated inventions like the Crittercams that allow animals to film their world, the DropCam which films at the bottom of the ocean and then returns to the surface, helicopters and balloons that take cameras where photographers can’t go, and the SunSphere full of LEDs that can turn the night to day.

Filled with LED lights, the SunSphere illuminates an entire swimming pool. Photo courtesy NG Remote Imaging.


Tune in to the video above for a first-person view of the shop and a Q&A between Maker Camp campers, the guys behind OpenROV and the engineers themselves. Then start trying some Maker projects of your own!



Meet the Author
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.