Creating New Tools for Exploration

Creating New Tools for Exploration

Video. National Geographic Fellow Corey Jaskolski and his team design new technologies—like color night vision—to open new worlds to exploration.


9 - 12+


Engineering, Experiential Learning

NG Live

This video was filmed on Thursday, June 14th at the 2012 National Geographic Explorers Symposium at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

National Geographic Fellow Corey Jaskolski is an engineer, specializing in creating technologies for some of the most challenging environments on Earth. He is currently developing new imaging solutions to help National Geographic explorers—and others—capture imagery that lets us all see the world in new ways.


  • Introduction: seeing the world in a new light (start-01:03 min.)
  • Why use technology in exploration? (01:04-04:04 min.)
  • Recent projects: Color Night Vision and image fusion (04:05-05:53 min.)
  • Color Night Vision prototype and first field deployment in the Serengeti (05:54-07:17 min.)
  • Video: Color Night Vision demo (07:18-08:26 min.)
  • Capturing the highest resolution image ever shot (08:27-10:29 min.)
  • Underwater Spherical Imaging (10:30-11:35 min.)
  • Video: Underwater Spherical Imaging demo (11:36-12:07 min.)
  • Engaging the public and the iPad Viewer (12:08-13:14 min.)
  • Video: King Tut's Tomb (13:15-13:49 min.)
  • Analyzing physical objects with 3D scanning technology (13:50-14:53 min.)
  • Creating 3D models of animals using camera traps (14:54-15:32 min.)
  • Video: 3D scanning demo (15:33-16:24 min.)
  • Next steps: continue developing new technologies (16:25-16:58 min.)

Strategies for Using Video in a Variety of Learning Environments

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  • Freeze the video on a relevant image. Have students observe details in the still image and jot down predictions of what the full video might address. Discuss students’ ideas before and after watching the video.
  • Pose an open-ended question before students watch the video, and have them discuss their ideas before and after in small groups.
  • Have students determine what they think the key message of this video is. Was the speaker effective in getting his or her message across?
  • Show a short clip to engage students during class, and then have students watch the full video at home and write a paragraph responding to the content or a question you give them.
  • Have students note statements that represent facts or opinions, including where it’s difficult to tell the difference. What further research might help distinguish facts and opinions? How might the speaker’s viewpoint compare with others’ viewpoints about a topic?
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Nina Page, National Geographic Society
Samantha Zuhlke, National Geographic Society
Last Updated

September 27, 2022

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