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Spotlight on X-STEM Speaker Dr. David Gallo!

X-STEM – presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune – is an Extreme STEM symposium for elementary through high school students featuring interactive presentations by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These top STEM role models and industry leaders are sure to ignite your students’ curiosity through storytelling and live demonstrations.

Our spotlight on our X-STEM Speakers continues with Titanic Explorer Dr. David Gallo!

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The world deep beneath the surface of the ocean is a dark, mysterious, and fascinating place. Renowned oceanographer David Gallo should know — he’s been there numerous times.

“Sea life at those depths — two to three miles down– is also bizarre, resilient, beautiful and shockingly abundant,” he adds.

A pioneer in ocean exploration,  David (who participated in the exploration of the legendary Titanic) is one of the first scientists to use a combination of manned submersible vehicles and robots to map and study the undersea world with clarity and detail. In his work, he’s traversed and plumbed the depths of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, and the Mediterranean Sea.

“It’s absolutely amazing to consider that the Earth’s surface is covered 75 percent by water, yet we’ve explored only 3 percent of the oceans and seas thus far,” David muses. “This tells us we don’t know much yet about this planet at all.”

As the Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, he has taken part in some of the most adventurous deep sea exploration projects of this era, including: serving as co-expedition leader during the exploration of RMS Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck (using Russian MIR submarines), as well as a recent expedition to find the lost WWII submarine USS Grunion.

Read Dr. Gallo’s full biography by clicking here. 

We thank  Dr. David Gallo  for participating in our new X-STEM Extreme Symposium! We look forward to X-STEM becoming a new school tradition!

For a full list of our X-STEM Speakers click here.

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