Breck School, Golden Valley, Minnesota
9, 10, 11, 12
Ms. Johnson has been with the program since it was called Spitzer Space Telescope Research Program for Teachers and Students.
Many NITARP alumni helped us out with reviewing the NITARP 2016 proposals! Scientists who helped include Chris Gelino, Patrick Lowrance, Rafael Millan-Gabet, Charles Steinhardt, and Sean Carey. Thanks to all!
Both NITARP 2014 teams submitted research proposals. Several NITARP alumni helped review them.
Ms. Johson, along with Ms. Hoette, got some nice news coverage by the UChicago folks.
All four main NITARP 2013 teams submitted research proposals. Several NITARP alumni helped review them.
Ms. Johnson flew on SOFIA!
Ms. Johnson sent along this link to a news item about last year's team's work being published.
One of our NITARP/Spitzer alumni -- Chelen Johnson -- hae been selected to be part of the second SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program! Way to go!! (and NITARP stuff appears in this local tv segment!!)
Ms. Johnson has been asked, with her students, to present at her school's Board of Trustees meeting.
We are officially announcing our 2011 class! Here they all are.
The 2010 class has been selected!
This spring, eight sophomore girls have joined Team Spitzer at Breck. Once they become more comfortable with the software and vocabulary of the project, they will embark on their studies. At this point, we're not quite sure in which direction their ideas will lead but hopefully we will know more in the near future.
Listening to Ferdowski talk about his work as a NASA flight director at his young age of 36 sparked some intrigue in many students. How can someone so young be in charge of such a critical object on another planet?
Real astronomy involves working as a team to find an answer. The NITARP program provides a unique, real-life experience in real astronomy to the teachers and students involved.
Many science teachers begin the year with a discussion of the “scientific method.” Our group modeled just that … Starting with a problem, researching background papers, submitting a research proposal, analyzing authentic data, and drawing conclusions models the scientific process in real life.
Of all the professional development programs in which I have been involved, NITARP continues to rank among the top few. The opportunity to work with a world-class astronomer and alongside teachers and students across the country on a real research project is amazing!
Of all the professional development programs in which I have been involved, NITARP continues to rank among the top few. The opportunity to work with a world-class astronomer and alongside teachers and students across the country on a real research project is amazing! Watching the project evolve from a seed of an idea in January into a two professional posters presented at the AAS the following January is fulfilling and satisfying. To think that eighteen people can work together over twelve months and thousands of miles is a true reflection of what authentic research is all about.
Standing by the poster nearly all day, my three girls described our [research]. To say that I was proud would be a gross understatement.
Wednesday was poster day for the Breck group. Standing by the poster nearly all day, my three girls described our search for young stellar objects in the CG4 region of the southern sky. To say that I was proud would be a gross understatement. Talking with Dr. Rob Gutermuth and Dr. J. Serena Kim, our collaborators, my students accurately talked about re-discovering six YSOs and discovering 19 other YSO candidates. Whew. I am still tired thinking about this.