ExMASS Research Program Announces Student Winners

May 1, 2015

BHS ExMASS Team (left to right): Sue Ann Davis, Kevin Nguyen, Jennifer Wang, Afton Widdershins, and Steven Zhou-Wright. Credit: Jimmy Newland.

BHS ExMASS Team (left to right):  Sue Ann Davis, Kevin Nguyen, Jennifer Wang, Afton Widdershins, and Steven Zhou-Wright. Credit:  Jimmy Newland.

The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE), a member of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), has concluded the first year of the Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program. The ExMASS program supports student scientists in their quest to understand the Moon and asteroids, as they are immersed in the process of science and exposed to science careers. The program’s predecessor, the High School Lunar Research Projects, supported lunar research conducted by high school students from 2009 to 2013.

This year, 11 high school teams, comprising 43 students from across the nation, embarked on a standards-based, data-rich, authentic lunar/asteroid science research project that aligns with CLSE research objectives and the National Research Council science priorities.

Bellaire High School students Sue Anne Davis, Kevin Nguyen, Jennifer Wang, Afton Widdershins, and
Steven Zhou-Wright presented their research, entitled “Hypothesizing Existence of Zhuque Family in the 5:2 Kirkwood Gap,” to a panel of planetary scientists. Their project ranked highest on presentation and research among all competing schools. As a result of their top score, the students and their teacher, Jimmy Newland, are invited to attend and present their research at the NASA Exploration Science Forum at NASA Ames Research Center in July 2015.

The team’s mentor was Dr. Maitrayee Bose of Arizona State University.

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Bellaire Students Find Possible Asteroid Family

Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS)

Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE)

 

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Last updated May 1, 2015