National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars

This Web Seminar took place on April 3, 2012 from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at Langley Research Center. In this Seminar, Ms. Kashiri shared a classroom activity that allows middle school and high school students to collect data and draw conclusions about buried water ice on Mars.

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 fourth and final presentation of Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars for this academic year. In the program, Ms. Kashiri discussed NASA’s explorations of the ice caps on Mars. She talked about the use of remote sensing instruments, including a gamma ray spectrometer, to determine the characteristics of the ice. Ms. Kashiri introduced educators to an online simulator that students can use to work with real data collected from NASA’s missions to Mars. She also shared information about the NASA Explorer Schools program for teachers.

Forty-four (44) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. In addition, one participant joined the presentation from a location outside of 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:

  • "I am a NES school teacher, and I enjoy the hands on opportunities to explore lesson plan ideas using NASA resources - the web seminars also offer great insight into classroom ideas within the online chat forum."
  • "It gave me hands-on activities to do with my students to show them real-life scientific concepts, as opposed to just teaching/lecturing about concepts with no relation or starting point. This presentation also gave me numerous resources for future lessons and activities."
  • "I really like the simulator. I think that is going to help my students have a better understanding of what we are doing out in space and how we get the information we have."
  • "This content was a great way for me to understand how this lesson should be presented to my students. My students need practice in data analysis and this is great."

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

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