National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars

This Web Seminar took place on November 30, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Marti Phipps, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist. In this Seminar, Ms. Phipps discussed the characteristics of life and explained how NASA uses that information in looking for life on other planets.

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 second presentation of the Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars program and it will be repeated throughout the academic year (click here to find the next date) Ms. Phipps gave an overview of classroom activities that help students investigate the characteristics of life. She also talked about ways scientist use probes and other devices to search for life on other planets, focusing on the equipment used to explore Mars.

Forty-seven (47) 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, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. In addition, four participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Germany, Israel, Puerto Rico, and Romania.

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:

  • “Good way to connect life and space - I like to interconnect content.”
  • “This content gave me a viable activity for different grade levels and access to other activities through "Mars for Educators.”
  • “Thank you! I am looking forward to using this information in my class activities.”
  • “I'll be using the ideas presented in the webinar and provided resources for classroom activities. It's great to see hands-on investigations for space exploration.”

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

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