Using Earth to Explore Mars
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar was developed in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Arizona State University’s (ASU) Mars Education Program. The event took place on April 3, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The presenters were Dr. Joshua Bandfield, Research Specialist at the Mars Spaceflight Facility at Arizona State University and Brian Grigsby, Director of the ASU Mars Education and Outreach Program at Arizona State University. Dr. Bandfield used images to compare Earth with Mars, highlighting the similarities of the two planets and Mr. Grigsby provided an update of current and future NASA's missions to Mars.

Dr. Bandfield used photos of geological features found on Earth and Mars to compare the planets. The images included features like volcanoes, canyons, deltas, ice sheets and glaciers, sand dunes, planet-wide dust storms, dust devils, gullies, etc.

Twenty-six (26) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina. All participants received a one-year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuides for completing the evaluation at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "The comparisons between Earth and Mars formations were especially
  • “Very, very nice. Well paced. Very applicable. Terrific media images.
    Great application for class.”
  • “Being my first web seminar I am delighted at the simplicity of the
    program. I was very worried.”
  • "The comparison of Earth geology to that of Mars was wonderful!
    This really helped me understand the processes that created the
    Martian landscape.”

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


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