Hartnell Student Wins 2nd Place in NASA Art Contest

In Spring 2010, Hartnell student, Victor Zarate, entered his artwork titled “2018 Moon Base” in the NASA sponsored Life and Work on the Moon Art Contest as part of his semester long project in the Introduction to Astronomy lecture course.  Over the summer, Zarate was informed that he earned 2nd Place in the 3-dimensional artwork category for the college and university division.  There were more than 200 entries from colleges and high schools around the world.  Entries were received from countries including Bermuda, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Georgia, India, Italy, Pakistan, Poland, Slovakia, Thailand, United Kingdom and Venezuela.  Zarate received a plaque and certificate as part of his award, and his entry will be displayed in an online gallery on NASA’s website. 



Zarate has had a love of Astronomy ever since he was a child and has been participating in Astronomy related activities throughout high school and college.  In 2008, Zarate participated in the NSF grant funded Summer Undergraduate Math and Science (SUMS) Program at Hartnell College.  In this intensive program, a selected cohort of high school students spent five weeks (8 hours per day) learning about key topics in Math and Science.   In addition, Zarate participated in an internship administered by Hartnell’s STEM Internship Program at the Fremont Peak Observatory where he assisted with the observatory’s Public Nights program.  In 2009, Zarate continued his involvement in Astronomy by participating in another Hartnell STEM summer internship at the Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy (MIRA).   He worked with Drs. Whitney Shane and Arthur Babcock on a project involving monitoring gravitational lens systems. 

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