Pictured from left to right: Blake Jordan. Trey Polk, Jack Kinsey, Patrick Bonham, Dr. Nick Zoller, Mary Siems, Dr. Daryl Cox, Angela Zanotti, Dr. Lisa Crow, Dr. Mark Winslow, Bre Simmons, Dr. Brent Eskridge, Ryan Elmore, Kaitlyn Orwig
Contemplating their summer activities...
Taking some time off, the Summer Research Team 2011 enjoys some dinner at Dr. Cox's house. Southern Nazarene University's Summer Research Program does more than just supply students with an opportunity to learn, but values community life as well.
Enjoying their time outside the lab, Dr. Zoller and some of the summer researchers try their hand at Phase 10. Dr. Zoller is the mentor for the mathematics research team this summer.
Looking through the window, the summer researchers get to see exactly how Braum's ice cream is manufactured. It's a rare thing to be able to see a product make its way all the way from the farm to the market.
The team was able to see the whole Braum's farm riding on a cow bus that moo'ed when the doors opened. It was quite an exciting adventure!
Displaying how cold liquid nitrogen is, Dr. Cox puts on a science show for the local children at Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene's Vacation Bible School. He was even able to make up a story to go along with their space theme and told the kids to imagine going to Neptune where the temperature is -320 degrees Fahrenheit.
Excited to see what's coming next, the OKC First Church's children were a captive audience throughout the entire science show.
Displaying how AMAZING pressure is, Dr. Winslow tries to pull apart two hemispheres after he has taken the pressure out of between them. Because of the lack of pressure between the hemispheres, the normal air pressure is too great for him to be able to pull them apart.
Further displaying the AMAZING properties of pressure, Dr. Winslow demonstrates the bed of nails with the "Winslow Sandwich": a bed of nails, Dr. Winslow, another bed of nails, a concrete block, and Dr. Cox's sledgehammer.
Witnessing Dr. Cox strike a concrete block on top of Dr. Winslow's "Winslow Sandwich," this OKC First Church child was worried for Dr. Winslow's life. Luckily Dr. Winslow was kind enough to leave the ketchup packets out of the trick, so the children weren't scared for life.
Having finished the deed, Dr. Cox walks off proudly after noticing the continued up and down motion of the bed of nails signaling Dr. Winslow was still alive and breathing.
Finishing off the show, Blake Jordan assists Dr. Winslow shoot off the "Candy Cannon." After the fire of the cannon, candy shot out all over the sanctuary and the kids went crazy. Note: Apologies to Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene for the destruction of the planters on the left side of the sanctuary. It was all for the entertainment of the children.
Enjoying s'mores at Dr. Winslow's house, Bre Simmons and Angela Zanotti take a break from the research and enjoy a beautiful summer night with the rest of the team.
Having accepted the "Chubby Bunny" challenge, Dr. Zoller makes it to 6 marshmallows until he has to throw in the towel.
Not wanting to be shown up by the Mathematics professor, Dr. Cox has his stab at Chubby Bunny and makes it to 8 marshmallows until the bag is empty and he is forced to quit. Luckily everyone was done eating s'mores before the challenges were taken.
Teaming up in a game of Quelf, Dr. Cox and Dr. Zoller complete an action card as part of the game. Supposedly having a finger in your ear, one in your nose, and a third in your mouth "feels so good."
Enjoying Subway sandwiches, Bre Simmons and Angela Zanotti listen to Dr. Zoller explain the research on which his team and he have been working.
Balancing their lunches on their lap, Blake Jordan, Ryan Elmore, and Patrick Bonham listen to the conversation around the gazebo. Thank you to NASA Space Grant for the sandwiches!
Discussing further summer plans, Mary Siems and Kaitlyn Orwig finish off their sandwiches.
Perfecting the art of bocce ball, the summer researchers enjoy an afternoon out of the lab. After a gruesome game, the guys pulled it out and won the game. Don't worry girls, you'll get them next time.
June 22 - just one day after the Summer Solstice. It was around noon (1:30 pm) when this picture was taken and the Sun was on the meridian (halfway between east and west in its journey) and highest in the sky. Notice the short shadow thrown by the trash can. It will not be shorter than this again until about the next summer solstice.