"Project Shiphunt": Titanic

Yer Vang, a 10th grade student from Arthur Hill High School, looks on as Dr. James Delgado points out a potential shipwreck from side scans of the Lake Huron sea bed in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary as part of Sony and Intel's Project 
Photo Michelle McSorley

By Eric Dresden - The Saginaw News


Five Arthur Hill High School students are searching for shipwrecks in Lake Huron with the chief scientist who mapped the Titanic.

Thanks to “Project Shiphunt” at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, sophomores Tiesha Anderson, James E. Willett and Yer Vang and juniors Tierrea Billings and Cody Frost are hunting for a shipwreck, investigating the identity of the ship and creating a 3-D documentation of it.

They will be on a ship throughout the next week, using computers to scour the lake’s floor.

“By exposing them to this aspect of science ... (it will) inspire them to take the technology to the next step and next generation,” said James Delgado, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration nautical archaeologist.

Delgado was also chief scientist for the mapping the Titanic shipwreck.

“We are giving them data and having them make decisions,” he said.

The fivesome won the opportunity after they expressed interest in it to a school counselor. They are searching for ships that sank from the 1830s through the 1930s.

The youths were the only students chosen from a statewide field of applicants seeking to embark on the shiphunt, said Safiya Mosley, spokeswoman for the Saginaw School District.

New York City-based Radical Media, a developer, producer and distributor of TV shows, selected the five youths from the Saginaw district, according to Mosley.

“This is going to be an internationally released documentary” played on the Science Channel, Mosley said.

“The equipment they’re using, the 3-D technology, is amazing,” Mosley added. “It’s the experience of a lifetime.”

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