Lakeside Students at Cal-Tech

Earlier this year, Mrs. Laura Wommack was accepted into the NITARP program (NASA-IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program) which allows teachers and their students an opportunity to participate in authentic astronomy research. About 8 teachers were selected across the country. Each teacher involves up to 2 students in a week-long summer study opportunity at Cal-Tech. Emma Daniels and Glory Olson were the two students in our school who volunteered to take a week of their summer to learn to do data archives astronomy research including making SEDs (spectral energy distributions) and doing photometry to identify potential new young stars, in the Herschel mission data, in the L-1688 region of the Ophiucus cluster. They will be presenting about their research, along with their team, at the AAS (American Astronomy Society) conference in January. They have met astronomers and planetary scientists and toured NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. They are the only two students in our state who have had this opportunity and have been doing some mind-numbing work this week and should be congratulated for their efforts!

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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