NASA's LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite)
Mission: Science Results and Hands-On Classroom Activities from the LCROSS Science
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.
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 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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