– December 2003 –

A Teacher Training
Floods and Flows:
Exploring Mars
Geology on Earth


Presented by —
Lunar and Planetary Institute

Sponsored by —
NASA's Office of Space Science

  Floods and Flows:  Exploring Mars Geology on Earth is a NASA-sponsored training workshop for science teachers being held July 10–17, 2004. It will give you hands-on, real-world experience and classroom materials to enhance your teaching about space science, especially about the Mars Exploration Rover missions and the search for possible ancient life.

At field sites in Montana and Idaho, you will examine the effects of planetary events like catastrophic flooding, volcanic eruption, sedimentation, glaciation, and earthquake faulting.

In the classroom at Missoula, Montana, we will help tie your field experiences to the geology of Mars (and other planets) through talks by planetary scientists and discussions between you and them. We will share proven, hands-on, standards-based classroom and laboratory activities for your students.

Our field/classroom format will give you the personal experience and the knowledge base to teach about Mars and other planets in new, effective ways. See for yourself — Explore the Web sites of our last two workshops: Extremities (Geology and Astrobiology of Yellowstone National Park), and the The Great Desert (Geology and Life on Mars and in the Southwest).

  Middle and high school science teachers!

Pre-service teachers, school librarians, informal educators, early college instructors, and junior college instructors are welcome!

  Explore science content with the scientists!  Drs. Allan Treiman and Walter Kiefer, scientists from the Lunar and Planetary Institute, will be there in the field, lab, and classroom. Get to know them, see how they work, and ask all the questions you want!

Invigorate your classroom curriculum!  Participants from previous workshops have been enthusiastic about the workshop and materials. Most teachers report that their curriculum is energized with new ideas, activities, materials, and images.

Participants will receive 60 hours of professional development credit.

  Floods and Flows:  Exploring Mars Geology on Earth will be based at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.

Saturday, July 10 —   "Icebreaker" (with introductions and overview) at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday and Monday, July 11–12 —  Field explorations (by bus) will focus on ancient glacial lake Missoula — the glaciers that formed it, the sediments in it, and the catastrophic floods that emptied it. Classroom activities and resources about floods and lake sediments on Mars support the field work.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 13–15 —  Field explorations (by bus) ranging into Idaho will encompass volcanic processes of the Snake River Plain and Craters of the Moon National Monument, pre-Cambrian-age lake sediments, and mountain-building processes. Lodging will be at Arco and Idaho Falls (Idaho) on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, respectively.

Friday and Saturday, July 16–17 —  Lab and classroom discussions and excercises will take place at the University of Montana, Missoula. We will compare features and processes observed in the field with those on Mars, and will explore ways to bring the processes and the content information behind them into the classroom. We will connect with NASA Mars missions and with the hunt for life on Mars. Following your evaluation of the workshop, we will close around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Note:  There will be several short hikes in hot weather. Participants should be prepared to participate in these conditions.

  Use the electronic application form to apply for Floods and Flows:   Exploring Mars Geology on Earth.

Registration is limited to 30 teachers. The application process will remain open until all participant slots are filled.

The registration fee is $625.00 per person and is due within two weeks of acceptance. Registration includes transportation during the workshop, lodging (double occupancy), meals, and classroom materials.

Participants are responsible for travel to and from the workshop and for snacks beyond the provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Assistance in funding participation can be sought from school districts, professional development organizations, NASA's Space Grant Consortium, and members of NASA's Office of Space Science Support Network in your region.

  For further information regarding the workshop, contact
    Ms. Meredith Higbie
    Fieldtrip and Workshop Coordinator
    Lunar and Planetary Institute
    3600 Bay Area Boulevard
    Houston TX 77058-1113
    phone: 281-486-2175;

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