Lunar and Planetary Institute

Floods and Flows: Exploring Mars Geology on Earth  July 13-19, 2008



various surface images depicting floods and flows   WHAT?    


Floods and Flows: Exploring Mars Geology on Earth, a NASA-sponsored field-based workshop for science educators, will be held July 13–19, 2008.  Join us for hands-on, real-world experience to enhance your teaching about Earth and space science — and the connections between these exciting fields of research.  

We will visit the site of Ancient Glacial Lake Missoula and trace the path of its flood waters through Montana, Idaho, and into Washington.  Along the way we will examine the geologic evidence for catastrophic flooding, as well as for past volcanism in this region. In the classroom you will tie your field experiences to the geology of Mars (and other planets) through interactions with planetary scientists. We will share hands-on, standards-based classroom activities for your students.

From these field experiences and accompanying classroom activities, we will build an understanding of surface processes on Earth, including water flow, volcanism, glaciation, and sedimentation. We will extend this understanding to interpret features on the surface of Mars and what they indicate about past environments on the red planet.  

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 past workshops:  Floods and Flows: Exploring Mars Geology on Earth  and  Earth's Extremophiles: Implications for Life in the Solar System.


  FOR WHOM?    


Primarily for middle school teachers. Others are welcome, including pre-service teachers, informal educators, education specialists, early college instructors, and junior college instructors.



  Experience the science firsthand! Gain insights into how science works — and how you can engage your students in exploration.

Investigate science content with the scientists, including Dr. Walter Kiefer, from the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

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.

Receive 60 hours of professional development credit AND buckets of useful classroom resources, including hands-on inquiry-based lesson plans, readings, NASA materials, and all the presentations!




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

Sunday, July 13 6:00 p.m. "Icebreaker" with introductions and overview (stay at University of Montana – Missoula)

Monday, July 14 Glacial Lake Missoula field sites (stay at University of Montana – Missoula)

Tuesday, July 15 Central Washington field sites

Wednesday, July 16 Central Washington field sites

Thursday, July 17 Central Washington field sites (return to University of Montana – Missoula)

Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 Revisit field work, create web-based field descriptions, undertake hands-on classroom activities, and draw connections between geologic features, processes, and history of Earth and Mars. Learn more about current and future exploration of Mars (stay at University of Montana – Missoula). 

Sunday, July 20 Depart

** Note:  Field studies will include short hikes, some with moderately steep pitches. The weather will likely be very hot and sunny. Participants must be in good physical condition and must be prepared to participate in all activities under these conditions.




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

Registration is limited to 35 participants. Applications are due on April 7, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (see timezone map). Participants will be notified of their acceptance by April 15, 2008.

A $100.00 deposit is due at the time of application. The credit card will be charged at the time of application; however, applicants who are not selected will be reimbursed for the deposit. The deposit will NOT be returned to accepted applicants and will be put toward the registration fee. Payment of the registration fee is due by May 1, 2008. The registration fee is $600.00 in addition to the $100.00 deposit; the entire registration fee is $700.00 ($850.00 for single occupancy). Registration includes transportation during the workshop, lodging (double occupancy), breakfast and lunch, dinner while at the university, and classroom materials.

Participants are responsible for travel to and from the workshop and for snacks and dinner while in the field. Assistance in funding participation can be sought from school districts, professional development organizations, state science teacher associations, local private corporations, and NASA's Space Grant Consortium in your region.

A limited number of registration awards are available through the Lunar and Planetary Institute. These awards will be based on the combined merit of the dissemination plan described in the application and financial need. Attendees of previous workshops also are eligible for a small number of awards, but they must demonstrate how they have implemented their workshop experiences in the classroom and disseminated the information to their colleagues.




For further information regarding the field trip, please contact:

Ms. Becky Nelson
Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston TX 77058-1113
Phone:  281-486-2166



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