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Ben Kennedy

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“I am a kid who never grew up, I always loved smashing rocks with hammers and hunting for fossils and blowing stuff up, and I still do. I have my dream job”

Ben is a volcanologist, meaning he studies what happens inside of volcanoes. Being a volcanologist allows Ben to travel the world collecting lava and pumice, to then go back to his lab and do crazy experiments with his students. Including creating real lava in a machine and using a volcano canon that is powerful enough to smash a house! What sounds like a crazy playground actually helps make New Zealand’s volcanoes a safer place to visit.

Another big part of Ben’s job is teaching, where he loves to bring the fun and excitement of volcanoes to the next generation of scientists.

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