Fingerprints of Life? Extremophiles: It’s Just Right
During this program, educators learned how to introduce students in grades 5-8 to
the exciting world of astrobiology. Seminar participants received strategies for
guiding students in exploring why NASA scientists conduct research on extremophiles
living on Earth as they search for clues in astromaterials and map Earth-like features
on other planets. Teachers received information on the It’s Just Right activity,
an inquiry-based lesson where students conduct an experiment to determine a range
of tolerance for temperature extremes in samples of bakers' yeast.
This web seminar is part of a series of electronic professional development experiences
sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project. NES is NASA's classroom-based
gateway for middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) classrooms
providing authentic learning experiences inspired by NASA's unique missions. NES
provides free teaching and learning resources that promote student engagement in
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and opportunities for teachers
and students to participate in NASA's mission of research and discovery through
inquiry-based experiences directly related to the work of NASA scientists and engineers.
For additional information about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.
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