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

This Web Seminar took place on February 27, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Marti Phipps, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this Seminar, Ms. Phipps talked about the chemical elements that make up life. She also discussed the relationship of elements to the GENESIS mission and solar wind.

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 was the second and final presentation of the Chemical Elements: GENESIS--What Are We Made Of? program for this academic year. In the seminar, Ms. Phipps provided background on the GENESIS mission and its work to collect atoms of different elements from the solar wind. She went on to show several videos about the chemical elements and described activities for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Sixty-three (63) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. In addition, five participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Germany, Dominica, India, 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:

  • “I am excited to take the activity back to the class for my students!”
  • “I think the combination of hands on activities for students plus video make it a nice ‘doing + multimedia’ experience for students which is always more engaging.”
  • “The activities were wonderful and I will definitely use them this summer.”
  • “This was a nice tie-in between elements and space science.”

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

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