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Mars team presents results


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June 20, 2013
Grosse Pointe North High School’s Mars Team was selected as a national co-winner of this year’s Mars Exploration Student Data Teams Project. Five members of the initial 20-student team will present results of their research at the annual Planetary Geologic Mappers Meeting, held June 19 to 21, at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C.

The five students who completed most of the research and gave the winning presentation are Tanner Colborg, Zachary Kaiser, Chris Konen, Jamie Lackner and Joey Bejin. They created a PowerPoint for an online presentation and drafted a 94-page research paper, titled “Northwest Nili Fossae: A Possible Ancient Hot Springs Area,” detailing the team’s search for possible hot springs on Mars, areas that once could’ve hosted ancient life.

“Research involved using multiple specialized software tools to analyze data,” team advisor Ardis Herrold said in a press release. “Throughout the process, students were able to interact with scientists to get help and feedback on their research via participation in an online learning community, the MESDT Forum.”

More than 40 high school and community college teams were involved in the MESDT project. The top five teams made presentations to scientists and participating schools in April via an online meeting format.

The MESDT project covers travel, lodging and conference expenses for the D.C. trip.

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