Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration - Is there Water on
This Web Seminar took place on June 20, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. The presenter was
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
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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