||Floods and Flows: Exploring Mars Geology on Earth
is a NASA-sponsored training workshop for science teachers being held July 1017, 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).
| FOR WHOM?
||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.
| WHERE AND WHEN?|
||Floods and Flows: Exploring Mars Geology on Earth will be based at the University of Montana in
Saturday, July 10 "Icebreaker" (with introductions and overview) at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday and Monday, July 1112 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 1315 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 1617 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
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.
| CONTACT INFORMATION|
||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
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