Daily Archives: February 9, 2012

Properties of Living Things: Fingerprints of Life Web Seminar – Feb 14, 2012

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 Feb. 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. 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


NSTA Podcast Talks Zombies and Science

A zombie

How can this zombie help teach science?

Zombies. The shuffling undead. Smelly pests or teaching tools?


Dr. Steven Schlozman, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Lecturer in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education talks to us about his start in teaching, his recent book “The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse” and how to use zombies to teach science.

The podcast is available at the bottom of the following URL. http://laboutloud.com/2012/02/episode-74-theres-a-zombie-in-my-classroom/

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