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NASA's LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) Mission: Science Results and Hands-On Classroom Activities from the LCROSS Science Team
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 took place on January 31, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Jennifer Heldmann and Brian Day from NASA Ames Research Center. In this Seminar, the presenters talked about the LCROSS mission and shared images and data from the mission with participants. In addition to the mission itself, the presenters also talked about NASA educational resources related to LCROSS and other ongoing lunar studies.

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This program provided an in depth look at the LCROSS mission and the search for water on the moon. Dr. Heldmann talked about the questions that the scientist had asked in preparation for the mission and how they prepared the spacecraft to answer some of those questions. She also shared some of the recently obtained data with participants and talked about the current approaches to studying the data and what the data revealed about lunar water. Mr. Day talked about a large number of online resources for teachers and students and highlighted some of the projects like “Moon Zoo” that allow students and teachers to participate in real science.

Nineteen (19) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Two participants attended the Web Seminar from locations outside the United States: Germany and Nicaragua.

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:

  • “It opened my mind to a lot of possibilities in terms of exploration and everything about the moon.”
  • “Teaching Astronomy and AP physics it is best to have current and relevant information to discuss with students.”
  • “Lunar missions are very interesting and informative to share with students.”
  • "Moon conditions are covered in one grade's state standards.”

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

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