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Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars

This Web Seminar took place on November 15, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist. In this new program from NASA Explorer Schools, Ms. Kashiri talked about ice caps on Mars and discussed how satellite sensing using different wavelengths of light gives scientists insight into the composition of those ice caps.

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 focused on the science used for discovering the composition of the Mars ice caps and introduced a number of activities teachers can use in the classroom. Ms. Kashiri led the participants through the steps of one activity and shared related web site resources, including a simulation and some informational videos.

Forty-three (43) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. Three participants attended the Web Seminar from countries outside the United States: Israel, Nicaragua, and Romania.

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 search for life on Mars is an important topic in teaching Biology.”
  • “Learning about how remote sensing is used to study Mars and how students can explore that.”
  • “I will use this wonderful information to improve my lessons and to integrate the Astronomy in my Physics class.”
  • “Interested in increasing real-world applications in my classroom. The use of NASA data for students to evaluate is excellent.”

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

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