National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Chemical Elements: GENESIS--What Are We Made Of?

This Web Seminar took place on October 20, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Marti Phipps, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist. In this Seminar, Ms. Phipps talked about the chemical elements that make up life and the importance of elements to the GENESIS mission.

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 is the first presentation of the Chemical Elements: GENESIS - What Are We Made Of? program and it will be repeated throughout the academic year. Ms. Phipps introduced participants to the GENESIS mission and talked about its efforts to collect atoms of different elements from solar wind. She went on to show several videos about chemical elements and described activities for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Forty-eight (48) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. In addition, three participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Mexico, Puerto Rico and Turkey.

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:

  • “My physical science students will benefit from the information about the elements, including which ones make up the human body, the Earth, and the Sun.”
  • “The hands on activity were really interesting with the tie between the science of the elements and the math.”
  • “New information and ideas for use in teaching about the origin of the solar system in introductory Earth science courses.”
  • “New activities to use when discussing element origins.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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