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