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Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration - Is there Water on Mars?

This Web Seminar took place on May 14, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Alissa Keil, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Johnson Space Center. In this Seminar, Ms. Keil talked about the search for water on Mars and shared related lessons that can be used with high school students.

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 first presentation of Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration - Is there Water on Mars? and it will be repeated during the 2011-2012 school year. Ms. Keil showed participants how to access information about the lesson and supporting resources via the NASA Explorer Schools website. She shared a number of striking images taken by NASA rovers in search of water on Mars. She also showed several videos featuring Mars missions, as well as examples of the lab being conducted in the classroom.

Thirty-one (31) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin, as well as Puerto Rico. Three people joined the program from countries outside of the United States: Germany 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:

  • “This is an excellent resource and I will be highly recommending it.”
  • “I learned a different way of presenting boiling point of water. I have done this as a demo, but this has given me an idea of how to create a student inquiry lesson.”
  • “Detailed videos are very helpful.”
  • “I am teaching Ecology, and it is always helpful to find larger perspectives!”

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

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