SmarterEveryDay: Celebrity science YouTuber visits Fairbanks, talks Arctic adventure

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Destin Sandlin, a famous YouTuber who runs the channel SmarterEveryDay was in Fairbanks on Thursday as he made his way toward Deadhorse to take part in the ICEX 2020 military training exercise.

Famous YouTuber Destin Sandlin stopped by Fairbanks on his way to take part in a Navy exercise under the Arctic Ocean. (John Dougherty/KTVF)

“I am here because of the Navy. There is a major operation going on up north, north of Prudhoe Bay, called ICEX and I am here for that,” Sandlin said.

As part of the biennial exercise, the Navy takes a submarine under the ice and then surfaces at the North Pole.

“It’s fascinating because you got the Navy doing these operations, but you have all these researchers and professors that are giving them the information they need to [do] activities,” Sandlin said.

Sandlin, who has nearly eight million subscribers on his YouTube channel, is known for his videos where he travels the world exploring all kinds of science subjects. He said he is looking forward to learning all about how submarines work.

“I went down to Beaver Sports and talked to those guys and bought this little doodad [that] measures barometric pressure, and so I am going to measure the pressure on the inside of the sub while I am on there because I want to know, when you dive down to deeper depths, do they regulate the pressure on the sub,” Sandlin said. “I just want to know all the science about being on a submarine.”

He also said that he wanted to know if there was northern hospitality.

“I am used to southern hospitality, and my question was 'is there such thing as northern hospitality?' And I show up, and yeah it is. I went and ate lunch with a guy that I just called. I didn’t know him, he didn’t know me, and it was great,” said Sandlin.

He also met with some of the robotics club students at the university and learned about the robot they are making for a NASA competition.

According to a press release for the Navy, they will conduct a temporary ice camp on the Arctic Ocean. They said it is an, “opportunity to assess operational readiness in the Arctic… and maintain regional stability while improving capabilities to operate in the Arctic environment.”

The operation will last for the next three weeks. Sandlin says that he hopes to bring his family to Fairbanks some day and spend more time up here.

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