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NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer: Little Mission, Big Science
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 May 31, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Rick Elphic, space scientist with the Planetary Systems Branch, Space Science and Astrobiology Division of NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field and Brian Day, NASA contractor at Ames Research Center and at the NASA Lunar Science Institute. The presenters talked about the upcoming “LADEE” mission and the types of exploration it would engage in. Mr. Day provided a large number of web resources for teachers interested in similar topics and NASA missions.

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 was designed to make educators aware of a new NASA mission with a probe that looks to further explore the atmosphere of the moon. Dr. Elphic showed the participants what the current data suggests about the moon atmosphere and how the LADEE probe would help to further the current information about the moon’s atmosphere. Brian Day showed the audience a number of different websites related to lunar exploration, including ones in which teachers and students could participate in ‘citizen science’ types of activities.

Twenty-six (26) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. In addition, one participant attended the Web Seminar from a country outside the United States: Turkey.

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:

  • “The setup of this seminar was perfect! A scientist to provide details and an educator to give us ways to bring this information to the classroom.”
  • “Amazing research and useful information to share with our students.”
  • “I teach astronomy and appreciate opportunities to involve my students in NASA missions.”
  • “This content brought me up to part with some things that I am very excited to share with other educators, and was very informative. I got information about things I will be using in my classes.”

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

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