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2015–2016 Student Presentations

Students participating in the Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program experience multiple steps of the scientific process. The ability to communicate is essential to the process of science. All students give two presentations during their ExMASS experience — Moon/Asteroid 101 and a poster showcasing the results of their research. After posters are judged by a panel of scientists, the top four teams are given an opportunity to present their research to this panel and take questions from the judges. The recording of the “Final Four Presentation” is posted on this page.

Poster Presentations
"Final Four" Presentation

Moon/Asteroid 101

During the first six weeks of their research experience, students familiarize themselves with lunar or asteroid science and exploration. Students read articles and answer guiding questions to build a foundation of lunar or asteroid science. After finishing the readings, student teams apply their new knowledge to a presentation in which they characterize the geology seen in three images of the lunar surface or three images of asteroids.

Image of Moon's surface Academy of the Holy Angels
Moon 101
Asteroids Commack High School
Asteroid 101 Presentation
Image of asteroid Academy of the Holy Angels
Asteroid 101 Presentation

Planetary evolution Horace Mann School
Moon & Asteroid 101 Presentation
Image of asteroid Bellaire High School
Asteroid 101
Image of asteroid Indian Springs School
Lunar and Asteroid Image Analysis
Image of Moon's surface Clear Lake High School
ExMASS Moon 101

Moon images Kickapoo High School
A Geologic Characterization of Hadley Rille and the Appennine Mountains
Image of Moon's surface Clear Lake High School
ExMASS Asteroid 101

Image of asteroid Millard South High School
Asteroid Analysis
Asteroid image Cliffside Park
Asteroid 101
Moon surface Upper Darby High School
Moon 101, Asteroid 101
Image of Moon surface Commack High School
Moon 101 Presentation


2015–2016 Poster Presentations

Academy of the Holy Angels poster Academy of the Holy Angels
Using the Least Square Method to Obtain the Absolute Magnitude of Ceres from the Light Curve
Indian Springs High School poster
Indian Springs School
Crater Density and Latitudinal Dependence: 10 km and 100 km Craters
Bellaire High School poster Bellaire High School
Approximation of Asteroid Family Ages

Kickapoo High School poster Kickapoo High School
Excavation Depths as Indications of Magnesium Spinel Formation via Impact Melting
Cliffside Park High School Cliffside Park High School
What are the bright spots on Ceres?
Millard High School poster Millard South High School
A Comparative Study of Bennu, B-Type Asteroids, and Itokawa with Implications for the OSIRIS-REx Mission
Commack High School poster Commack High School
Resolving the Primary Cause for Floor-Fractured Craters on the Moon Using GRAIL and LOLA Data
Upper Darby High School poster Upper Darby High School
Basalt Thickness of Mare Tranquillitatis using Two Methods
Horace Mann School poster Horace Mann School
Influence of Temperature and Pressure Stress On Compactness of Lunar Regolith Simulant

2015–2016 “Final Four” Presentations

Commack High School
Kickapoo High School
Millard South High School
Upper Darby High School


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