NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is collaborating with the National Science Teachers Association to develop a series of free Web seminars for 5-12 science educators on the topic of Mars Exploration.
The Web seminars are 90-minute, live professional development sessions that use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts, scientists, engineers and education specialists from NASA. The Web seminars are conveniently scheduled so that educators from all U.S. time zones may participate, and no travel is required. Each web seminar is a unique, stand-alone program. Archives of the Web seminars and the presenters' PowerPoint presentations will be available online.
Upcoming JPL/NSTA Web seminars are listed below. Online registration for each is now open. All web seminars are scheduled from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Oct. 4, 2007 -- JPL/NSTA Web Seminar: Using Earth to Explore Mars
Join Dr. Michael Meyer, Senior Scientist at NASA Headquarters, and Brian Grigsby from the Arizona State University Mars Education Program as they compare and contrast Earth and Mars. The seminar will highlight ways to familiarize students with planetary processes and landforms by integrating non-Earth examples. A Mars mission update will also be included.
Oct. 16, 2007 -- JPL/NSTA Web Seminar: How Science REALLY Gets Done
Join Dr. Philip Christensen, Regents Professor in Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration, as he shows teachers how scientists approach complex problems and ways to engage students' curiosity to help them think like scientists.
Nov. 29, 2007 -- JPL/NSTA Web Seminar: Robotic Engineering: Big Toys, Big Fun
Join Kobie Boykins, one of the engineers responsible for building the enduring Mars Exploration Rovers, for a look "behind the scenes" of what it was like to build the twin Mars rovers that are still exploring the surface of Mars.
Dec. 6, 2007 -- JPL/NSTA Web Seminar: Are We Alone?
Join Dr. Jack Farmer as he talks about astrobiology, extreme environments, some of the extreme places life has been found and the applications of these subjects to Mars exploration.