National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The Curiosity Rover: Robotic Geologist and Explorer

This web seminar took place on May 21, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenter was Jordan Evans from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this program Mr. Evans provided an in-depth look at the development of the Curiosity Rover, its spaceflight to Mars, and its explorations of Martian geology.

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.

Mr. Evans began the web seminar by providing information about NASA engineers’ development of the Curiosity Rover. He shared images of the design and production process and showed a video featuring highlights of Curiosity’s landing on Mars. Mr. Evans talked about the rover’s explorations and shared photographs taken by Curiosity of the landscape of Mars. He also discussed the scientific instruments built into Curiosity and described the kinds of data it has been able to collect. Participants had a chance to get their questions answered, including inquiries about the geology of Mars, the capabilities of Curiosity, and how students can prepare for careers in engineering.

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 loved seeing Curiosity's instruments and hearing how they are being tested.”
  • “Great information and pictures. It is always wonderful to have an opportunity to learn from and interact with the scientists and engineers in the field.”

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

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