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

This Web Seminar took place on June 20, 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 shared a lesson that allows students to explore the implications of finding water 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 second presentation of Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration - Is There Water on Mars? for the 2011-2012 school year. Ms. Keil discussed NASA’s missions to Mars, including research efforts to gain understanding about the climate of Mars and the composition of its landscape. Participants learned about strategies for implementing a related lesson that gives students a chance to discover the real-world implications of NASA’s research by experimenting with the boiling point of water. Ms. Keil provided educator resources, including a materials list, pre-assessment questions, discussion prompts, and extensions. She also shared links for videos featuring students engaged with the lesson.

Thirty-three (33) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

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:

  • “Great videos about how to use inquiry!!!”
  • “This will be a wonderful enhancement to the chemistry area of 8th grade science. Activities are great.”
  • “The lab was a good, safe demonstration on how pressure affects boiling point. Relating it to Mars is a good real life application.”
  • “Great ideas to use in the classroom setting.”

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

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