Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS)
The Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program is managed by the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE), one of nine teams with the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). ExMASS is an academic year-long, national standards-based lunar/asteroid research program that envelops students in the process of science. Working alongside their teachers and a scientist advisor, students undertake authentic, open-inquiry research projects that engage them in the process of science. At the end of the year, student research is reviewed by a panel of scientists. The top four teams present their research to this panel of scientists, competing for a chance to present their work at the Exploration Science Forum held at the NASA Ames Research Center in the summer.
ExMASS Research Recognized at 2016 Exploration Science Forum
Two of the four ExMASS posters displayed at the 2016 Exploration Science Forum (ESF) were recognized with awards in the ESF’s student poster competition. Kickapoo High School’s (Springfield, MO) poster, Excavation Depths as Indications of Magnesium Spinel Formation via Impact Melting received an Honorable Mention. The poster presented by Commack High School (Commack, NY), Resolving the Primary Mechanism Causing Floor-Fractured Craters Using GRAIL and LOLA Data, placed Third. A total of 24 posters, mostly presented by undergraduate and graduate students, were entered into the competition.
2016–2017 ExMASS Program Schools
Academy High School, Little River Academy, TX
ExMASS Program Resources
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