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Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars

This Web Seminar took place on December 19, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist. In this Seminar, Ms. Kashiri talked about the discovery of ice caps on Mars and the tools NASA scientists used to determine their composition. She also shared lessons, extension activities, and an online simulator that can help teachers engage students with these concepts.

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 was the third presentation of the Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars program and it will be repeated in 2012. In the web seminar, Ms. Kashiri discussed how scientists used a Gamma Ray Spectrometer to discover buried water ice on Mars. She shared videos, websites, and hands-on activities that give students a chance to work with the data gathered from the Odyssey and Phoenix missions.

Twenty-three (23) 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, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. One person joined the program from a location outside the United States: Germany.

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:

  • “I teach an after school robotics class with a Mars Science Lab theme, so anything about Mars exploration is helpful to my class.”
  • “I really appreciated the interactive web tools designed to give the students a visual picture.”
  • “Great way to apply understanding of both electromagnetic radiation and radioactivity in an interesting way!”
  • “I enjoyed learning of a new way to introduce students to astronomy and the spectacular qualities of water. This is a great real-world scenario for biology students when discussing requirements for life.”

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

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