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Mysteries of Microbes:
Fascinating Fieldwork

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Picture of Mary collecting_Mats

 

Description

Join NASA Quest and the NASA Astrobiology Institute in doing some Fascinating Fieldwork! Entitled Mysteries of Microbes, this event will include a series of webcasts and student participation in an investigation that will last eight weeks.

Students engage in two live webcasts introducing Astrobiologists' fieldwork study of microbial mats. Students will then interact with active astrobiologists in a forum as they compare and contrast their own investigation methods with those of astrobiologists studying microbial mats in Baja, California. Students will conclude with a third follow-up webcast on the results and conclusions of both investigations.

We encourage students to create web pages of their discoveries, which we may air during one of our webcasts. A note to teachers and parents supervising students: Please read NASA Quest's Online Privacy policy. We cannot posts URLs that include children's photos, last names, addresses, school addresses, cities and zip codes.

Preparation

Before the Web events

If you haven't participated in a webcast or chat, review

Before participating in the online events, please see Student Resources and/or Educator Resources, especially the bio(s) of the people you will ask a question to so that you can ask good questions and avoid asking questions that that have already been answered.

Think of a few good questions to ask the experts. Go to Participation. Click "Join" and post your questions in the chat room.

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Participation

To participate in a webcast, chat or forum, click the "Join" links below. If you can't attend the live event, post your questions ahead of time, and come back later to check the archive.
Date Time Activity Type Grade Level Description
September 18, 2001 10-11:00 AM Pacific
1-2:00 PM Eastern
17-18:00 GMT


Webcast

3-8 grades

 

During this webcast, students will have an opportunity to interact with NASA scientists about how astrobiologist prepare for fieldwork.

 

View the Archive

Read Dr.Tori Hoehler's Bio

 

September 18, 2001

through

November 15, 2001

Anytime Forum  

This forum will provide students an opportunity to engage in an investigation (Building a Winogradsky Column) that can be conducted at home or at school between webcasts. Students may share and compare their findings with their peers about each phase of the scientific inquiry process.

Read the Archive

Read Lorraine Olendzenski's Bio

September 25, 2001

10-11:00 AM
Pacific
1-2:00 PM Eastern
17-18:00 GMT
Webcast

3-8 grades

 

During this webcast students will have an opportunity to interact with NASA scientists about what astrobiologist do during fieldwork.

View the Archive

Read Dr. David Des Marais' Bio
November 2, 2001 10-11:00 AM Pacific 1-2:00 PM Eastern 17-18:00 GMT Chat 3-8 grades

Dr. Rose Grymes is Associate Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), where she is directly influencing the development of the multi-disciplinary field of astrobiology.

Read the Archive

November 16, 2001

10-11:00 AM
Pacific
1-2:00 PM Eastern
17-18:00 GMT

Webcast

3-8 grades

 

During this webcast students will have an opportunity to interact with NASA scientists about what astrobiologist do after fieldwork.

View the Archive

Read Dr. Brad Bebout's and
Mary Hogan's Bios

 

 

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