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Properties of Living Things: Searching for Fingerprints of Life on Mars

During this web seminar participants learned how to incorporate NASA’s goals of Mars exploration into life science lessons. The presenter provided a refresher on the characteristics of life on Earth and explained how NASA uses that information to look for life on other planets. The web seminar featured two lessons: one on extremophiles and the other on searching for life on Mars. After receiving an overview of each lesson, participants learned about strategies for using the activities and adapting them to suit students’ needs.


This web seminar is part of a series of electronic professional development experiences sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project. NASA Explorer Schools invests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators to inspire and engage a whole generation of future scientists, engineers and technicians that NASA needs to continue our journey. NES gives educators of grades 4-12 free access to NASA’s people, missions, research, and facilities. We take the work out of searching through thousands of materials on the NASA website and provide a comprehensive set of teaching materials for dozens of STEM concepts. For additional information about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

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