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Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars

This Web Seminar took place on August 24, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Coordinator. In this new program from NASA Explorer Schools, Ms. Kashiri talked about the ice caps on Mars and how satellite sensing using different wavelength of light gives scientists insight into their composition.

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 talks about some of the science that is used in discovering the composition of the Mars ice caps and introduces a number of activities teachers can use in the classroom. Ms. Kashiri led the participants through the steps of one of the related activities and showed web site resources that included a simulation as well as some informational videos.

Fifty-seven (57) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Five participants attended the Web Seminar from locations outside the United States: Germany, India, Mexico, Romania and 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:

  • “Very helpful especially for middle school science. I like the interactive learning.”
  • “The information about gamma ray spectrometry will help me teach my students about the pursuit of life through discovery of water using gamma rays.”
  • “Information can be used to show importance of spectrum analysis.”
  • “The activities and applications of multispectral remote sensing will help students better understand the nature of the E-M spectrum.”

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

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