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

This Web Seminar took place on January 10, 2012 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 on Earth and explained how NASA uses that information to look 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 third presentation of the Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars program and it will be repeated throughout the academic year. Ms. Phipps gave an overview of classroom activities that help students investigate the characteristics of life. She also talked about the probes and other devices scientists use to search for life on other planets, particularly the equipment used to explore Mars.

Forty-three (43) 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, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. In addition, four participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Brazil, Dominica, Puerto Rico, 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 believe I need programs like this to encourage my little future STEM professionals to become excited about working towards their goal(s) and completing those goals."
  • "Added resources to use in my astrobiology unit, and especially the soil testing activity. I plan to look into joining Explorer Schools."
  • <"Awesome connections to earth science."
  • "I love learning about all of these lessons dealing with Mars. These lessons are wonderful."

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

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