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

This Web Seminar took place on February 14, 2012 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 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 was the final presentation of the NASA: Properties of Living Things: Fingerprints of Life program for this academic year. Ms. Kashiri showed the participants a number of online resources for astrobiology and lessons that focus on related topics, such as the diverse conditions where life can be found on Earth, by featuring the ‘It’s Just Right’ activity. Participants were also able to look at websites that contained additional lessons and comment on the appropriateness for those lessons in their classroom.

Fifty-nine (59) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. In addition, three participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Mexico, Nigeria and 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 learned about how to make the science content more reachable to my students.”
  • “It gave me tools to make a better understanding of science with my students.”
  • “The content provided activities and online resources that will be useful in my classes.”
  • “I teach Biology/Cells. We study what is meant by "life” I will use one of the resources mentioned when covering that part of the course. One of these days, I may teach Astrobiology and will refer back to this seminar for ideas/resources.”

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

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