National Geographic
Family Event

Adventures in Exploration | Mind of a Genius

Photograph by Rebecca Hale

  • May 19, 2018

  • 11 AM - 1 PM
  • Adult: $15.00

  • Child (7-12): $10.00

  • Annual Pass Member: FREE

  • National Geographic Campus

About this Family Event

In this activity-filled event, families will play Kahoot!, watch the fun-filled film Dog Genius, and learn how National Geographic Explorers Steve Ramirez and David Moinina Sengeh are tinkering with memories and exploring how artificial intelligence can improve the lives of people around the world.

About the film:

Just how smart is man's best friend? There’s so much more to our favorite canine friends than we know! Scientists and trainers explore canine intelligence in surprising new ways, unlocking new clues about our faithful companions. From the edge of canine science we discover the true genius of the dog.

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Photograph by Sora DeVore

Steve Ramirez


National Geographic Emerging Explorer and neuroscientist STEVE RAMIREZ creates and deletes memories in the brains of rodents. His eventual goal: to use his current work to wipe out bad memories and enhance good ones in humans to help alleviate symptoms associated with PTSD and depression. Steve is an assistant professor of neuroscience at Boston University and a former Junior Fellow at Harvard University. He received his B.A. in neuroscience from Boston University and went on to receive his Ph.D. in neuroscience at MIT. Steve has received the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Award and been recognized on Forbes' “30 Under 30” list and MIT Technology Review’s "35 Innovators Under 35”; he has given two TED talks.

David Moinina Sengeh


National Geographic Emerging Explorer DAVID MOININA SENGEH, Ph.D., is a research scientist at IBM Research Africa; he leads the Data Driven Healthcare team in Johannesburg, South Africa, which creates next-generation healthcare solutions for the developing world using artificial intelligence. David is also president and co-founder of Global Minimum, an international nongovernmental organization that develops platforms to foster innovation and learning through making, focusing on high school students in Sierra Leone and Kenya. David completed his Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab where his research was at the intersection of medical imaging, computer-aided design, and multi-material 3-D printing. He invented low-cost, wearable mechanical interfaces that improved prosthetic comfort for amputees. David is also a Senior TED Fellow, recording Afrobeat artist, clothing designer, and proud father of a precocious 2-year-old.

Photograph by Sora DeVore

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