Published: March 15, 2007
Ms. Sepulveda met with the IC 2118 & M81 teams at the January AAS. The teams presented a second science poster for IC 2118 and an educational poster for M81. The IC2118 team met again at the Mt. Palomar Observatory where they did follow up observations (spectral analyses) of several young star candidates in IC 2118. They are planning a conference call in the near future to discuss a project in which students will be making observations of several of the young stars over an extended period to monitor their changes in brightness.
Babs Sepulveda has been working on the curriculum for the new research-based astronomy class being offered at Lincoln High School this fall. As part of the course students will be learning how to work with Spitzer data. Unfortunately, she will not be able to purchase MaxIm DL for the classroom therefore she is currently evaluating other image processing programs.
Ms. Sepulveda and Esseim Sharma are planning to make a presentation at Dinner with a Scientist, a meeting organized by the San Joaquin County Office of Education. Each year, students and teachers from local schools are invited to attend a dinner at which scientists are invited to discuss their careers or the research they are working on.
Ms. Sepulveda and Theresa Roelofsen submitted a proposal to present at next year's NSTA national convention in Boston. If it is accepted they will share their experience with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Observing Program for Teachers and show teachers how to integrate it into the classroom. They will give specific instructions and demonstrate techniques for working with Spitzer data.