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Chemical Elements: GENESIS—What Are We Made Of?

During this web seminar participants got an in-depth look at a hands-on activity, “What Are We Made Of? The Sun, Earth and You,” that integrates mathematics and physical science. In this activity students analyze data in a way similar to the method scientists used to analyze solar particles collected by the GENESIS spacecraft. In the web seminar participating educators learned how to guide students in using statistical sampling to estimate the chemical composition of the Sun.


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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