Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Study of Earth-Moon distance wins Silver for Gary graduate at NAACP's annual ACT-SO awards

Anita Thomas of Gary Indiana, 2009 graduate of Lake Central High School, brought home a silver medal the Annual NAACP Afro-American Cultural, Technological and Technological Olympics, this week.

Her project's title was "The Model Relationship," of the dynamics of the Earth-moon system.

"The purpose was to examine the effects of lunar distance deviation on Earth -- or in simpler terms, if the moon was closer or farther away, how would that affect Earth?" she said.

She said she chose the project after reading an article in the Scientific American. "I came across evidence that the moon is pulling away from Earth as time goes on," she said.

Her study took seven months.

According to Lisa DeNeal of Gary's Post Tribune, Thomas now is attending an intense mathematics camp at Illinois Institute of Technology.

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