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

This Web Seminar took place on April 5, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Marti Phipps, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this Seminar, Ms. Phipps talked about NASA’s missions to Mars and shared a hands-on activity that reinforces student understanding of the properties of living things and the environmental conditions for life.

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 fourth and final presentation of Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars for this academic year. In the program, Ms. Phipps discussed NASA’s search for possible conditions for life on Mars. She shared an activity that allows elementary and middle school students to collect data on growth of yeast in soil samples and make conclusions about what living things need in order to exist. Ms. Phipps also talked about extension activities and additional resources available on the NASA Explorer Schools website.

Thirty (30) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. In addition, two participants joined the presentation from locations outside of the United States: Philippines 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:

  • "Wow! The material presented is both useful and will engage the students in the classroom while satisfying several of the learning objectives."
  • "This content fits perfectly into my astronomy section. It is a great way to engage my students in this material."
  • "Great new ideas for keeping lessons current as well as great ideas for future family science night lessons."
  • "Excellent resources to use with activities."

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

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