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 October 4, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The presenters were Dr. Michael Meyer, Senior Scientist at NASA Headquarters and Brian Grigsby, Assistant Director of the ASU Mars Education and Outreach Program at Arizona State University. Dr. Meyer used images to compare Earth with Mars and Mr. Grigsby provided an update of current and future NASA's missions to Mars.

In this presentation Dr. Michael Meyer used photos of features found on Earth and Mars to compare the planets. The images included volcanoes, canyons, deltas, polar regions, sand dunes, planet-wide dust storms, dust devils, gullies, etc. Some of the features on the Red Planet are truly spectacular, for example, Olympus Mons, an inactive volcano, is as big as the state of Arizona. Mariner Valley, a canyon on Mars, is as long as the United States is wide, approximately 3,000 miles!

Fifty (50) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. One participant attended the program from Colombia. All participants received a copy of NSTA’s SciGuide: A Close-up Look at the Red Planet.

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

  • "The seminar leads me directly to top information, web page links, and images that enrich my lesson planning. I study the slides and notes right away and then go to the suggested sites to fine tune my approach with my students."

  • "I loved learning how the dating, using craters, was done. Great facts, and current knowledge application on earth used to decipher Mars! It is concept application at work."

  • "I loved how the images can be used with students so they can use their observations to make a hypothesis about the surface of Mars. Great way to use technology."

  • "It is very exciting to listen to these scientists and get the latest information on project and future missions and to be able to bring it into the classroom the next day."

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


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Underwritten by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory