Earth's Extremophiles: Implications for Life in the Solar System

 

Agenda

Participants will:

  • Investigate extreme environments
  • Build an understanding of the geologic processes that result in these extreme conditions
  • Examine different organisms that live in these conditions and build an understanding of the adaptations that allow them to thrive
  • Build an understanding of the evolution of life on Earth and how this informs our expectations of finding life on other planets
  • Build an understanding of some of the ways in which we search for life – or the conditions that could support life – in our solar system
  • Be able to bring content and hands-on inquiry based, standards-aligned activities into the classrooms in ways that are appropriate for the grade level being taught

Sunday, July 22
 

Arrive at Montana State University

6:00 p.m.

Until

9:00 p.m.

Meet in the Hall of Fame Room in the Brick Breeden Field House for group dinner and …

Welcome, Introductions, Pre-Test and Survey, Overview of Experience
Classroom Connections – Fingerprints of Life
Discussion – Essentials for Life, Life in Extreme Environments

  Night at Hannon Hall, Montana State University
Monday, July 23
 

Breakfast at Miller Dining Hall

8:30 a.m.

Discussion – Geologic Setting of Yellowstone

9:30

Classroom Connections – Human Time Line

10:00

Discussion – Evolution of Life on Earth; Connections to Yellowstone

11:00

Break

11:15

Discussion – Searching for Life on Other Planets in our Solar System

12:00 p.m.

Lunch at Miller Dining Hall / Pack for Later Departure

1:00

Classroom Connections – Spectrometry

2:30

Discussion – Online Journals

3:00

Load Gear into Bus

3:45

Depart for Yellowstone

  Night in Yellowstone – Mammoth Lodge;dinner paid by individuals
Tuesday, July 24
 

Breakfast at Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room

8:00 a.m.

Field exploration in Yellowstone (Bus Leaves)

Mammoth Hot Springs
Box Lunch Provided by Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room
Hoodoos
Huckleberry Ridge
Sheep Eater Cliff
Norris Information Station and Bookstore
Obsidian Cliff
Indian Creek

~7:00 p.m.

Night in Yellowstone – Mammoth Lodge; dinner paid by individuals

Wednesday, July 25
 

Breakfast at Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room

8:00 a.m.

Field exploration in Yellowstone (Bus Leaves)

Old Faithful
Box Lunch Provided by Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room
Grand Prismatic Spring
Octopus Spring
Fountain Paint Pot

~7:00 p.m. Night in Yellowstone – Mammoth Lodge;dinner paid by individuals
Thursday, July 26
 

Breakfast at Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room

8:00 a.m.

Field exploration in Yellowstone (Bus Leaves)

Norris Basin
Artist Point
Box Lunch Provided by Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room
Sulphur Caldron
Mud Volcano
Tower Fall
Possible Stops in Gardiner/Emigrant

~8:00 p.m.

Night at Hannon Hall, Montana State University; dinner on the road, paid by individuals

Friday, July 27

 

Breakfast at Miller Dining Hall
Class in the Hall of Fame Room in the Brick Breeden Field House

10:00 a.m. Discussion – Revisit Sites
12:00 p.m. Working Lunch at Miller Dining Hall
1:00 Continue Discussion
3:00 Classroom Connections – What Makes a World Habitable?
4:00 Team Web page development (interactive discussion with instructors until 7:00 pm; teams can continue on their own after 7:00)
  Dinner at Miller Dining Hall (5:00 to 6:00 pm)
Night at Hannon Hall, Montana State University
Saturday, July 28
 

Breakfast in the Hall of Fame Room in the Brick Breeden Field House
Class in the Hall of Fame Room in the Brick Breeden Field House

8:30 a.m.

Discussion – Earth, Habitability Zones, Life Elsewhere?

10:00

Classroom Connections – Spectrometers

11:30

Discussion: Dissemination Plans

12:00 p.m.

Lunch in the Hall of Fame Room in the Brick Breeden Field House

1:00

Discussion: Dissemination Plans

1:30

Team Web page development; interactive discussion

3:30

Classroom Connections – How will this be shared with students?

4:00

Shared Reflections, Remaining Questions, Post-Test and Survey

5:00

Close of Day

 

Dinner at Hannon Hall (7:00 pm)
Night at Hannon Hall, Montana State University

Sunday, July 29
  Depart

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Images courtesy of the
National Parks Service