As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 5, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The student activity featured in this seminar will introduce grades 5-8 students to the exciting world of astrobiology. The seminar will review criteria for determining if something is alive — or not alive — and apply those criteria to determine if anything is living in any of three different soil samples. This type of analysis is similar to what the Viking landers used on Mars when looking for life.
For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar12.aspx .
To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.