National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Properties of Living Things: Fingerprints of Life

This Web Seminar took place on October, 5 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Coordinator. In this Seminar, Ms. Kashiri focused the discussion on finding life in extreme environments, on the Earth, and possibly on other planets. She shared a number of online resources and activity suggestions to help develop lessons on this topic.

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 is the first presentation of the Properties of Living Things: Fingerprints of Life program and it will be repeated during this academic year. Ms. Kashiri showed the participants a number of online resources for astrobiology. She featured the “It’s Just Right” activity, one of several lessons exploring the diverse environments that support life on Earth. Participants viewed websites containing additional lessons and had the opportunity to comment on the appropriateness of those lessons for their classrooms.

Fifty-one (51) 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, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. One participant joined the Web Seminar from a location outside 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 got a lot of new ideas on how to teach concepts in a new way. I love Creature Feature.”
  • “I am teaching about living things and cells. I just did one of your NASA experiments in my class.”
  • “It was interesting and motivated me to want to learn about organisms living in extreme conditions. It also allowed me to build on prior knowledge of what life means and provided ways to implement the subject in the classroom.”
  • “The seminar investigated the characteristics of life, which I wanted my student who participated to understand.”

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

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