Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration—Is There Water on Mars?
In this web seminar for educators of students in grades 9–12, participants will receive
an overview of a NASA inquiry-based lesson, “Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration
– Is There Water on Mars?” Participating educators will have the opportunity to
refresh their knowledge of concepts such as how atmospheric pressure and vapor pressure
affect the boiling point of water and how scientists use that information to deduce
if there could be, or ever has been, liquid water on Mars.
Among our discoveries about Mars, one stands out above all others: the possible
presence of liquid water on the Red Planet, either in its ancient past or preserved
in the subsurface today. Water is key because almost everywhere we find water on
Earth, we find life. If Mars once had liquid water, or still does today, it's compelling
to ask whether any microscopic life forms could have developed on its surface. Is
there any evidence of life in the planet's past? If so, could any of these tiny
living creatures still exist today? Imagine how exciting it would be to answer "Yes!”
The featured activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national science,
technology, and mathematics learning standards into the curriculum as well as addressing
the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Next Generation Science Standards addressed in this web seminar:
- MS-PS1 Structure and Properties of Matter
- Science and Engineering Practices
- Developing and using models
- Disciplinary Core Ideas
- Structure and properties of matter
- Definitions of energy
Title: Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration—Is There Water on Mars?
Target audience: Educators of grades 9–12
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT / 5:30 p.m. MT / 4:30 p.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes
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in 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for an introduction to NSTA web
Presenter: Marti Phipps
This web seminar will be repeated on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. ET. Registration will open on the day following the first offering.
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