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ASU Field Trip

Bobbie Munoz

While at ASU for our community outreach I was able to learn many interesting facts about outerspace and ASU’s space programs. When touring their main science building I was able to see many different types of samples of meteorites that were on display. When we were in the planetarium and watching the video I was able to learn about the satellites that hover around the Earth. Also I learned new information about each planet in our solar system. This trip made me have more appreciation for outer-space and the engineers that build the technology for more discovery by humans.

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ASU Field Trip

Dianne Mungula-Trujillo

For my community outreach I attended a trip to ASU. We went to their science department and learned about the types of majors they have in science to offer. I learned that they are involved in some major projects with NASA. They have many models in 3D that show us sizes of the rovers at Mars and on the moon. They showed us satellite sizes and how it looks from above. They showed us meteor that have hit the Earth and the craters they left. There was one that could’ve taken our whole capital because of how big of an impact it made on Earth’s surface. We also entered their planetarium and we learned about our universe. While learning that I learned how small we are compared to what’s out there. We pretty much are a spec in the universe and we learned about how in our solar system our sun is one of the smallest suns out there. And that other solar systems are even bigger than ours and are in bigger galaxies. There is one sun names beetle juice and it is huge in comparison to our sun. After the planetarium we ate and went back to YHS.

ASU Trip

McKenzie Hoover

I was able to go with the SNHS club to ASU to gain knowledge about space exploration. We were able to see a replica of the rover that was sent to Mars. All of us as a group walked around ASU space museum they have, we saw different kinds of rocks and labs. My favorite part of the trip was the 3D presentation we were given. During the presentation, we learned about satellites and what they do along with more information about Mars and the exploration taking place on it.

Study of Humans

Judith Beltran

Citizen Science Summary

On my trip to ASU I was introduced to anthropology. I was taught the basics of anthropology—Lucy; Lucy is one of If not the first of our ancestors to have been discovered by scientists. I was shown the similarities and differences between our skulls with primates who have been significant in the study of human development. I enjoyed seeing the different casts of animals on the tables; It allowed me to view and study their structure and compare it to my own, whether it was with my feet, hands, spine, or skull. One thing I learned that has stuck with me is the difference between human eyes and some other rather large eyes; humans had adapted to hunting and are still being active during the day, which is why we have grown to have much smaller eyes than other animals who hunt at night, showing how there are some similarities in our way of life even during the 21st century.  Anthropology is not only the study of human development from out flesh and bones, but also a study of cultural development and human nature. It is seeing how our way of life has changed as the centuries have gone by, ranging from thousands to hundreds of years ago. Overall, the trip to ASU greatly expanded my knowledge on the study of humans and gave me background information on the history of humans and anthropology and some of its milestones.

ASU Trip

Levi Wakeham

We recently took a trip to Arizona State University, where me and ten other SNHS members were educated on the fascinating science of anthropology, and discussed just what we can expect when we ourselves head off to college.

Arriving at the campus of ASU was a whole other experience in and of itself. Last summer, I had the opportunity to explore the ASU campus when I participated in the CCLI annual camp that goes on every summer at ASU. But the University this time around had a whole new vibe, due to all the college students traveling from class to class and the overall lively mood. The whole school had a great atmosphere that felt very welcoming and friendly.

For the first half of the session, the speaker, Amy, went into depth on all the different topics of anthropology, how still studying bones and fossils today is important, and how anthropology is still being used today. It was great learning about how we as the human race came to have the skeletal structure we have today. The whole lecture was extremely interesting and Amy was able to answer any questions we may have had.

The second half of the session we were able to ask questions ranging from how to study for a college exam, to what social life is like while living on campus. Amy responded with great answers and answered any questions we had very well. It was cool hearing it from someone who had just recently gone to college themselves. Overall, the whole thing was a blast and I learned a lot about the college experience, and the science of anthropology.

ASU Fun

Once again YHS SNHS students headed to ASU to talk with graduate student Amy Peterson about her work studying human origins. Eleven SNHS students listened as Amy talked about her research, her interest in human origins, and her experiences in college during the hour long meeting.

Arianna Paul, Emily Beringhelli, David Griffin, Fernanda Valenzuela Vazquez, Anastasia Battes, Levi Wakeham, Kiara Rivas, Tyler Adams, Takila Moore, Victor Serna, and Judith Beltran listening to Julie Russ talk about Lucy

When we first arrived at the Institute of Human Origins at ASU, assistant director Julie Russ introduced us to Lucy, or rather her origins and how her finding helped build the program at ASU.

Amy then took over and walked us through the different skulls she had out. She told us about their origins, their age, and how scientists are still working with some specimens to determine how they fall in our family tree.

She discussed her own interest in pelvic development in females as humans evolved and how our need for bipedalism needed to match our need for fitting shoulders and heads through a birthing canal. Her research sounds pretty interesting!

Students were allowed to touch and examine the skulls and casts to see the features for themselves.

Kiara Rivas examining a skull

Students also asked her questions about college, how college is different from high school, and what they should except. Amy gave them some great advice: it will be harder than high school but it is very fun once you figure it out. Also, go to class and really read the syllabus (seriously!).

Big thanks to Amy and Julie for taking time to talk to us! And big thanks to my dad ( pictured below in the red hat) for helping me chaperone!

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Levi Wakeham, Anastasia Battles, Fernanda Valenzuela Vazquez, David Griffin, Takila Moore, Emily Beringhelli, and Ray Doskocil listening to Amy Peterson talk about her research

ASU Trip 2016

Anthony Khalifeh

For the community project I went on the trip to the Department of Human Evolution at ASU. There we spoke to students and faculty members about what they do in their daily lives and what they do in their department. We learned about their research and how innovations in other fields help them in theirs and how they have to work with other experts to get more accurate information and how that will help them in the future. I learned a lot about the process of why they became students in their respective fields and why they love what they do. We put skulls from ancestors/relatives of the Homo sapiens in order and used key factors to determine the order of them. Their job is important because it allows us to learn about our past and how we got to the point we are today.