National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Chemical Elements: GENESIS—What Are We Made Of?

This web seminar took place on May 1, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenter was Marti Phipps, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this program Ms. Phipps shared information on a four-part activity that teaches students about the chemical elements that make up 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 second presentation of Chemical Elements: GENESIS—What Are We Made Of? for the 2012–13 school year. In the seminar Ms. Phipps discussed NASA’s GENESIS mission and its work to collect atoms of different elements from the solar wind. She then shared details on a related lesson that gives middle school students a hands-on opportunity to learn about chemical elements and the chemical makeup of the human body, the Earth, and the Sun. Participants watched videos featuring supporting resources, including a song that helps students remember information about the elements and the periodic table.


Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. 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 will definitely check out the activities and use them during my chemistry unit next year.”
  • “This has been the best webinar yet!”
  • “Great ideas and resource links.”

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


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