Published: April 15, 2009
The three students on the CHHS Spitzer Team, Justin Boerma, Stephen Brock, and Trevor DeWolf, took what they learned at the AAS and completed a project that looked more closely at LDN 981 to determine if it had ongoing star formation. Their project, Star Formation in Isolated Dark Nebulae: YSOs in LDN 981, was entered in the MOISD Regional Science & Engineering Fair in March. They won Top Team and will be competing at the Intel ISEF in Reno, Nevada, in May. Their paper (of the same title) was submitted for publication in the 2009 RBSE Journal.
The students were interviewed by the local newspaper - the Big Rapids Pioneer. This interview was part of a larger article on the science fair. An article was also submitted to the Chippewa Hills School District Communicator, their district newsletter that goes out to all families living in the district. It will be in the May issue and is available at this URL: http://www.chsd.us/ under "Community".
Mr.DeWolf plans on continuing to use the software tools with students in his future astronomy classes and hope to have additional students interested in pursuing independent research projects next fall. There is a possibility that he will get enough enrollment in their Project-Based Science course that this could be a source of additional student projects as well.