New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Emperors in Danger

Team: 23

School: Chaparral Mid-Chaparral

Area of Science: Environment

Interim: Emperors in Danger

A project on the arctic and the largest living population of penguins

Hello we are in the eighth grade and we are working on emperor penguins and their habitats. Our project is named emperors in danger. There are three members currently participating in this project. Their names are as following:
Jonathan Uriquidi
Alex Dehlavi
Dahlila Blanco

Well personally speaking here most people know about penguins through movies like “Happy Feet”. But just like in the movie the penguins dance and perform tricks to save their lives. Truth is I really don’t think that penguins are going to start dancing and perform tricks to save their live in the real world and then later to become the next you tube sensation. I truly believe that penguins may be in danger do to the fact that the arctic is melting and every year they have less and less ice on which they can place their eggs. The Emperor Penguin is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is endemic to. Antarctica The male and female are similar in plumage and size, reaching 122 cm in height and weighing anywhere from 22 to 45 kg. ("Emperor Penguin Wikipedia")

This project is to simulate the amount of snow that falls each year in Antarctica and then show how low the temperatures in Antarctica may get then compare it to how the temperatures in the summer can rise and how they manage to survive in such heat.

We hope that our project can demonstrate how much our dearest penguins suffer due to harsh weather caused by dramatic weather changes. Many people think that global warming is just affecting bear, squirrels, and animals with thick fur but truth being it affects all animals globally and humans to. The Arctic is global warming's canary in the coal mine. It's a highly sensitive region, and it's being profoundly affected by the changing climate. Most scientists view what's happening now in the Arctic as a harbinger of things to come. The polar ice cap as a whole is shrinking. Images from NASA satellites show that the area of permanent ice cover is contracting at a rate of 9 percent each decade. If this trend continues, summers in the Arctic could become ice-free by the end of the century. ("Global Warming Puts the Arctic on Thin Ice 1.Why are global warming specialists watching the Arctic so closely?")

And this is what our project is about, why we want to do this project in particular, and what our motives behind our project are.
P.S. So far we do not have a mentor.

"" Global Warming Puts the Arctic on Thin Ice 1.Why are global warming specialists watching the Arctic so closely? NATIONAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, 1ST 2005. Web. 9 Jan 2013

" penguin&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=iw&ei=mlfuUJeDELCE2QX8jICIAg." Emperor Penguin Wikipedia. Wikipedia/Google. Web. 9 Jan 2013.

Team Members:

  alex dehlavi
  dalilah blanco
  Johnathan Urquidi

Sponsoring Teacher: Carl Bogardus

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