Ripon High School science teacher Nick Goeldi takes a selfie at Santa Monica Pier. Behind him are, from left, Ripon seniors Connor Schueller, Dylan Schattschneider, Kea Gustavus and Ross Barnett.
Ripon High School science teacher Nick Goeldi takes a selfie at Santa Monica Pier. Behind him are, from left, Ripon seniors Connor Schueller, Dylan Schattschneider, Kea Gustavus and Ross Barnett.

   Connor Schueller was sitting in German class when he received an email from his science teacher, Nick Goeldi.

   He opened the email and read it.

   “The German teacher was in the middle of a sentence, and I jumped up out of my chair and screamed ‘Yes!’ — and that brought the class to a screeching halt.”

   The email that caused Schueller’s excitement informed him Goeldi had been accepted into a rare NASA research program, and Schueller, along with three other students, would join him.

   Ripon High School seniors Ross Barnett, Kea Gustavus, Dylan Schattschneider and Schueller accompanied their science teacher Goeldi on a research trip to participate in the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program at the California Institute of Technology, home to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

   Goeldi was one of nine teachers from the country chosen to participate in the program.

   From June 18 to June 22, he and his students met with other team members to study stars in the Milky Way galaxy that produce readings of excess infrared wavelengths.

   Read the full story, which includes more detail on their research and the students' future career interests, in the August 9, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.