Archive: Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars, January 10, 2012

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This Web Seminar took place on January 10, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Marti Phipps, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist. In this Seminar, Ms. Phipps discussed the characteristics of life on Earth and explained how NASA uses that information to look for life on other planets.

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  • on Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:18 PM

There are three of these archived web seminars in "The Properties of Life: Searching for Mars" series, Sept. 15, 2011, being the first, followed by Nov. 30, 2011, and finally Jan. 10, 2012. These web seminars are all the same seminar. Teaching Middle school, I found this seminar's activity could be used very easily in the classroom. The activity had the students observe three different soil samples, using 6 criteria of what constitutes life. It then had them apply these criteria to the three suggested soil samples to determine if they were considered "alive". I found this seminar both interesting and one that I would recommend to teachers for their use in the classroom.

Sue Garcia
Sue Garcia

  • on Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:14 PM

Searching for Evidence of Life in Mars has always been an interesting learning. This particular lesson offers wide range of resources to conduct investigative learning in the classroom on properties of matters that are foundation to life forms.

Ronaldo Relador  (Bowie, MD)
Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD)

  • on Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:50 PM

From the part I read, I think it wold not be very clear to the students about living things---ofcourse it depends on teacher's expectation.

Pratima Roy
Pratima Roy

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