NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer: Little
Mission, Big Science
This Web Seminar took place on May 31, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. Presenting was Dr. Rick Elphic, space scientist with
the Planetary Systems Branch, Space Science and Astrobiology Division of NASA Ames
Research Center at Moffett Field and Brian Day, NASA
contractor at Ames Research Center and at the NASA Lunar Science Institute. The
presenters talked about the upcoming “LADEE” mission and the types of exploration
it would engage in. Mr. Day provided a large number of web resources for teachers
interested in similar topics and NASA missions.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized
under the My Resource Collections tab.
This program was designed to make educators aware of a new NASA mission with a probe
that looks to further explore the atmosphere of the moon. Dr. Elphic showed the
participants what the current data suggests about the moon atmosphere and how the
LADEE probe would help to further the current information about the moon’s atmosphere.
Brian Day showed the audience a number of different websites related to lunar exploration,
including ones in which teachers and students could participate in ‘citizen science’
types of activities.
Twenty-six (26) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of
Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. In addition,
one participant attended the Web Seminar from a country outside the United States:
Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance
was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning
Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “The setup of this seminar was perfect! A scientist to provide details and an
educator to give us ways to bring this information to the classroom.”
- “Amazing research and useful information to share with our students.”
- “I teach astronomy and appreciate opportunities to involve my students in NASA
- “This content brought me up to part with some things that I am very excited
to share with other educators, and was very informative. I got information about
things I will be using in my classes.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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