Presentation Abstract

Presentation Number 248.13
Presentation Time: Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011, 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Title Multi-Sensory Approach to Search for Young Stellar Objects in CG4
Author Block Vivian L. Hoette1, L. M. Rebull2, K. McCarron3, C. H. Johnson4, C. Gartner5, J. VanDerMolen5, L. Gamble6, L. Matche5, A. McCartney5, M. Doering6, R. Crump4, A. Laorr4, K. Mork4, E. Steinbergs4, E. Wigley4, S. Caruso4, N. Killingstad4, T. McCanna4
1University of Chicago, Yerkes Observatory, 2SSC/IPAC/CalTech, 3Oak Park and River Forest High School, 4Breck School, 5Wisconsin School for the Deaf, 6Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Abstract Individuals with disabilities - specifically individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) and/or blind and visually-impaired (BVI) - have traditionally been underrepresented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The low incidence rate of these populations, coupled with geographic isolation, creates limited opportunities for students to work with and receive mentoring by professionals who not only have specialty knowledge in disability areas but also work in STEM fields. Yerkes Observatory scientists, along with educators from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf, the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Breck School, and Oak Park and River Forest High School, are engaged in active research with a Spitzer Science Center (SSC) scientist. Our ultimate goals are threefold; to engage DHH and BVI students with equal success as their sighted and hearing peers, to share our techniques to make astronomy more accessible to DHH and BVI youth, and to generate a life-long interest which will lead our students to STEM careers. This poster tracks our work with an SSC scientist during the spring, summer, and fall of 2010. The group coauthored another AAS poster on finding Young Stellar Objects (YSO) in the CG4 Nebula in Puppis. During the project, the students, scientists and teachers developed a number of techniques for learning the necessary science as well as doing the required data acquisition and analysis. Collaborations were formed between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers to create multi-media projects. Ultimately, the projects created for our work with NITARP will be disseminated through our professional connections in order to ignite a passion for astronomy in all students - with and without disabilities. This research was made possible through the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Project (NITARP) and was funded by NASA Astrophysics Data Program and Archive Outreach funds.