Presentation session this weekend!

Participants should plan to arrive between 12:30 and 1:15 pm this Saturday at Canaan Valley Institute for this weekend’s concluding YSDE session.  The address is 494 Riverstone Road, Davis, WV.  Directions are at, and Google Maps can point you there too.  I don’t recommend trusting your GPS–they have been known to send people astray.

Presentation notes

  • Each group will give a live presentation Monday morning and also create a poster that presents your methods, results, and directions for future work.
  • Shoot for about a 15 minute presentation including a little time for questions.
  • Each group member should contribute to the presentation.
  • Slides should support your verbal presentation, not duplicate it (keep slides simple and clear, don’t read from them).
  • Poster should elaborate more (stand alone without much explanation).
  • Make sure I get you poster in pdf format before you depart–these will be posted on the YSDE website.

Packing list

  • Laptop (The computer lab workstations have been removed, so each group will need at least one computer.)
  • Flash drive if possible
  • business-casual outfit for Monday’s presentations
  • shorts and tennis shoes for biking in case of good weather
  • You do not need to bring any bedclothes–lodging will be in hotel rooms this time around, so linens and towels will be available.
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Presentation Dates Set For April 26-28


The 2014 YSDE will have a final meeting April 26-28 to wrap up work and present research.  This meeting will take place at Canaan Valley Institute Research and Education Center near Davis, WV.  A colloquium will be held Monday morning, April 28th, at 10AM, and a poster version of each team’s work will be hosted on this website.  Family, friends, and the public are welcome to attend the presentations.

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Pringles Challenge – Results are in!


Pringle Instructions

During their last evening in Green Bank, YSDE students worked in teams of 3 or 4 to devise a package that would (hopefully) carry a Pringle chip through USPS first class mail to the camp director’s home without the chip getting broken.  The main factor was final condition of the chip, and packages were weighed upon receipt to distinguish the lightest, most efficient packaging in the event of multiple successful deliveries. Continue reading

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Heading home for now…

After five days of hard work and play, this spring YSDE crew heads home today.  They spent the morning analyzing and interpreting their data, making plans for work yet to be done, and looking forward to coming together again in late April to wrap up research and present their results to peers and advisors.  Thanks to Sue Ann Heatherly, Kathryn Williamson, and the NRAO staff for hosting and helping with this session, and thanks also to Joe Allen, Rachel Rosen, and Aaron Sutch for traveling to Green Bank to advise the student research projects.  NYSF is grateful for the opportunities to work with such dedicated science professionals.  We also appreciate the dedication of the teachers and students willing to make time in their busy schedules to come together for this experience.  More to come soon as the closing weekend and colloquium approach…

3-11Above, Team Becquerel gathers in the science center on their last morning in Green Bank.


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Last full day March session

3-11 18With tomorrow’s departure approaching, most teams spent the morning gathering their last data for the week.  The astronomy groups forged ahead with data analysis, Team Lyell made up for lost time after technical difficulties with the ground penetrating radar, Team Becquerel improved their experimental design for further tests, and Team Jacquard made some preliminary conclusions with more detailed analysis to come.

After four days of mental focus on research projects, today’s seminars offered some relaxing activities (crochet, Zumba, board games) in addition to more science-oriented options.   Continue reading

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Day Four – Jacquard Team

Today we finished collecting data for our project on benefits and disadvantages of multiple methods of cooling hot components. We collected data for liquid cooling and air cooling. At a glance, the data suggests that liquid cooling is better, but we have yet to analyze the data more in depth. We measured the difference by using a thermal imaging camera for the air and liquid cooling on the simulated CPU, and a computer script for measuring the temperatures for the actual CPU and GPU. Since we finished collecting data today, we will be able to analyze our data all of tomorrow morning before we have to depart. We hypothesize that liquid will cool more effectively than air, and will find that out tomorrow.



The first picture shows the Reber telescope. Reber was one of the fathers of Radio Astronomy, and built the telescope in his own backyard! The second shows NRAO public outreach coordinator Kathryn Williamson giving a talk about Newtonian gravity and how students understand it.

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Team Reber – Day 4

Today, Team Reber began analysis of some of their data which we received from the 20 meter radio telescope. Many of the observations were submitted the day before and were available to the group for analysis using excel.

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