Live From Mars Teacher's Guide Preview: PTK Overview

From: (Jan Wee)
Subject: Live From Mars Teacher's Guide Preview: PTK Overview
Date: Fri, 04 Oct 1996 15:11:19 -0500

Dear discuss-lfm members,

Here is the second Teacher's Guide Preview file, PTK Overview.
You will note that we have <insert> notes within this
file, as the final inclusions are yet to be placed.

Jan Wee


Live from Mars
Project Overview

Live from Mars is an integrated multimedia project, which uses

online resources

print materials

live interactive video

Each medium contributes what it does best. Participants in past 
projects report that students benefit most when all three 
components are utilized to the fullest. 


The Internet breaks down the walls of the classroom and brings the 
world and world-class researchers to any school, any place, any 

Online opportunities facilitate direct, individual interactions with 
leading scientists, experts and their support teams, through 
"Researcher Q&A"

"Field Journals" and "Biographies" provide behind-the-scenes 
anecdotes which personalize the scientific process.

Images and weather data direct from Mars will be available via the 
Internet in close to real time.

Online collaborative activities encourage students to collect data 
locally, and share it nationally and internationally, validating their 
efforts by seeing their research and writing published on the 'Net.

Teachers share curriculum ideas and implementation challenges 
with other teachers via online mail-lists

All materials, including the discussions, remain accessible 
indefinitely via an online Archive

The project provides online components both for those limited to e-
mail only, and those with full access to the World Wide Web.

(A Guided Tour of the project's online environment is accessible via:
http://CHECK, CHECK)


The print materials provide all a teacher needs to create classroom 
lessons and Activities: the Guide (also accessible online) provides a 
teacher-friendly, easy-to-use introduction to the entire project, and 
is co-packaged with camera-ready masters of Student Worksheets 
and key visuals to support the Activities; an original full-color 
poster, and background NASA publicaitons.

Hands-on Activities simulate key aspects of the research seen 
during the project, and illuminate key scientific concepts. 

Many of the Activities suggest adaptations up and down in grade 
level beyond middle school. 

Many of the Activities suggest ways to connect across the 
disciplines to math, social studies, language arts, technology 
education, art and computer classes. Icons signal these 

Each Activity retains the pedagogically-sound "Engage", "Explore", 
"Explain", "Expand" format of previous Guides.

Opening and Closing Activities help teachers create a productive 
anticipatory set, and/or reinforce learning after the live video or 
online interactions.

A Teacher's Kit provides more extensive materials, including the 
Guide and its co-packaged publications, a bonus color poster, a Mars 
slide set, a VHS teacher orientation tape including NASA animations 
and Activity demos, a  Mars CD-ROM, and curriculum materials 
underwritten by the Mars Exploration Directorate of NASA's JPL -- 
and more.  (To order the Kit, fill in and return the form co-packaged 
with this Guide.)


Television provides the sights and sounds, the people, places and 
processes, which put a living context around the text.

Personal portraits of the researchers and their lives humanize the 
hard work of doing science and demystify high-tech careers .

Cutting-edge telecommunications connects students to remote and 
otherwise inaccessible locations.

Graphics and dynamic visuals simplify complex concepts.

Live, two-way interactions between students and researchers 
symbolize the interactive possibilities universally available via the 

Teachers rate the live component of the Live from... videos highly, 
although most teachers use them on tape : there's no contradiction. 
The excitement of the original live interactions is maintained while 
teachers gain flexibility by using the videos on tape.

(for more on the video components, call the project Hotline, or check 
http://CHECK, CHECK)


As an example of how Passport to Knowledge works best, Activity 
1.1, "Rocket Science 101" uses simple balloons to give students 
hands-on experience with issues of thrust, fuel and payloads, as a 
real-world application of Newton's Laws. On November 19, 1996, 
during Live from Mars, Program 1, "COUNTDOWN", we'll see the 
previously taped launch of Mars Global Surveyor. Students in 
Worcester, MA., childhood home of American rocket pioneer Robert H. 
Goddard, will interact live with today's rocket scientists at Cape 
Canaveral, where Mars Pathfinder is also being readied. And online 
students can find background information on the Delta II rockets set 
to launch both missions, and any student, anywhere, can ask 
questions that remain after the live program. (see diagram.)

If YOU have questions, you'll find >>>discuss-lfm<<< responsive to 
your individual interests and needs: this online Teachers' Lounge 
allows you to make suggestions, ask for advice and share ideas, 
creating a "Virtual Community" which turns the Guide, videos and 
other online materials into living documents which can evolve during 
the course of the project. 

There's no "royal road to math" said Pythagoras, and there's no one 
way to implement Live from Mars. We hope you'll work with us to 
find many right ways to bring the exploration of the Red Planet to 
life for your students.