National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars

This Web Seminar took place on October 4, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Langley Research Center. In this program, Ms. Kashiri shared a lesson that gives students the opportunity to use remote sensing data to draw conclusions about the physical and chemical nature of Mars.

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This was the first presentation of Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars for the 2012-13 school year. In this seminar, Ms. Kashiri shared strategies for implementing an activity that allows students to investigate the composition and distribution of ices at the high latitude regions of Mars. She discussed how to guide students in analyzing data collected by Mars spacecraft using three different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum—visible light, infrared light, and gamma rays. Participants got to try out a web-based Gamma Ray Spectrometer simulator that can be used in the classroom to compare the composition of soils on Mars.

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:

  • “Great as always!! Love NSTA and NES. Really has helped me become a better Science Teacher!!”
  • “I learned something new today and I will use it with my students tomorrow.”
  • “This seminar is a great way for educators to connect and learn up to date information without having to go back to school or spending hours in research.”
  • “It is very helpful to me because I am learning STEM education to make my teaching more lively.”

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

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