Plomet invasion, Space Day 2004
Creationist homeschoolers win ‘Best Overall’
Space Day (6 May) is an international event sponsored by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and celebrated by ‘millions of students, teachers, parents and space enthusiasts’ across North America.1 At special ceremonies in Washington, D.C., pioneering astronaut/senator John Glenn honored two young homeschoolers—unabashed believers in God’s recent creation—who won ‘Best Overall’ in their age group.
Two remarkable kids, one remarkable website
Competing against over 350 entrants, Grant (grade 5) and Samantha (grade 7), students at Foster Home School in Germantown, Maryland, submitted an ‘electronic journal’ about their imaginary journey to the comet Chiron and their search for the Oort Cloud (the alleged ‘nursery of comets’). They posted their humorous, imaginative journal entries and ‘findings’ on a cool website of their own making, plomet.com.
Prominent among the ‘daily reports’ was ‘The Undiscovery’—the discovery that there is no Oort Cloud, as evolutionists so desperately want to believe.
The Foster children based this report largely on information they found at [this] website, and they unashamedly included [this ministry] in their list of web sources, as the source of ‘Information on Creationist view of solar system, comets and the Oort Cloud.’
‘We did research about the creationist point of view on your website.’ Cathy Foster, mother and teacher of winning team, wrote to us. ‘From [this] website, we learned about the Oort Cloud theory that is presented as fact in most of the books we read. But we learned on [this] site that it might not (probably does not) exist.
‘So, my children included this point of view in their project. I was concerned that the judges from the scientific community (NASA) might be put off by creationism in the project, but we won BEST OVERALL for what we did. …
‘To God be the glory and many thanks for the resources you provide.’
The problem with comets is that these ‘dirty snowballs’ should burn up within a few thousand years, but evolutionary/long-age ideas say the solar system formed billions of years ago. (See Comets—portents of doom or indicators of youth? and More problems for the ‘Oort comet cloud’.)
As to why we still have comets, Samantha asks in her report, ‘Wouldn’t it make more sense to think that the universe is less than 10,000 years old … ?’ Of course, there’s no need to conjure up an Oort Cloud if God created all heavenly bodies only 6,000 years ago!
Who’s next? What next?
Astronaut John Glenn himself,2 who co-chairs Space Day, writes that the purpose of the competition was to promote a spirit of inquiry that produces good science:
‘The Design Challenges give students opportunities to use the power of inquiry so essential to good science and to find solutions for the problems of living and working in space [emphasis added].’
The winning entry of the Foster Home School is a testament to Christian students’ ability to do good science. Starting with a biblical worldview is no hindrance to excellence in any field of scientific investigation (see Famous creation scientists). It’s exciting to see how Christians are creatively using science and the Bible to ‘pull down strongholds’ against the Gospel (2 Corinthians 10:3–5) by answering the scientific questions of our day.
Inspired by the Fosters, who knows what other Christian students might consider submitting a Space Day project next year, exposing another great ‘mystery’ that defies belief in ‘billions of years’ but makes perfect sense within the creation model. Could it be you?
‘An impressive job’—Evolutionblog comments on plomet.com
[Posted 24 May 2004]
An avid evolutionist blogger named Jason (at Evolutionblog.blogspot.com) had this to say in a 12 May report about the Fosters’ award-winning website, confirming that even ‘the opposition’ recognizes the remarkable work that these young people have done.
References and notes
- Devillier Communications, Inc., Local students receive national recognition for ‘stellar’ Space Day 2004 Design Challenges project, Press Release, 13 April 2004. Return to text.
- Senator Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth.Return to text.