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LIVE FROM MARS 2001: Mars Conference

Mars Virtual Teacher Training Conference

Welcome to the Mars Virtual Teacher Training Workshop

Remote users could become a part of the day's activities by clicking on the time at which they joined. They would then be pointed to the Web page associated with the presentation underway.

All times listed are EDT


  • Welcome, and overview of the day's events
    • Cheick Diarra, Mars Exploration Program Education and Outreach Manager, NASA JPL
    • Geoff Haines-Stiles, Project Director, PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE/LIVE FROM MARS


  • NASA and International Mars Exploration Plans
  • Jurgen H. Rahe, Mars Exploration Program Manager, NASA HQ


  • Mars Exploration Objectives and Strategy
  • Donna Shirley, Mars Exploration Program Manager, NASA JPL


  • Science at Mars
  • Matt Golombek, Mars "Pathfinder" Project Scientist, NASA JPL


  • Audience Q&A and interaction including questions from "virtual participants"
  • Moderated by Joe Boyce, Mars Exploration Program Scientist, NASA HQ
    • Donna Shirley
    • Matt Golombek
    • Cheick Diarra
    • Wayne Lee (Mission Planner for Mars Operations "Global Surveyor")

10:40 - 10:55

  • Coffee Break for Washington, D.C, location participants

  • Astronomy Educator Bill Gutsch interviews teacher-attendees and program scientists for NASA-TV and Internet coverage

10:55 - 11:35

  • Cheick Diarra introduces Kurt Gramoll, of Engineered Multimedia, Inc. and Georgia Tech., to demonstrate the Mars Navigator CD-ROM


  • Geoff Haines-Stiles introduces George Powell, The Planetary Society
  • Powell demonstrates "Red Rover, Red Rover" by connecting to a remote site, and receiving back and displaying video taken by the Red Rover at that site.

12:00 - 1:00

  • Lunch for location participants
  • "Red Rover" demonstration continues in the Lobby outside auditorium, with students running rovers at remote sites, and remote sites running a rover at NASA HQ

  • "Virtual Participants" will view a rerun videotape of the 9:10-10:10 presentation
  • Live coverage will begin again at 13:00


  • The Mars Exploration Directorate approach to education. Cheick Diarra introduces Meredith Olson, Mars Pathfinder Project Educator

    • Cheick Diarra introduces Dan Barstow, Curriculum Developer, TERC
    • The Mars Exploration Directorate educational modules: Feedback process

1:20 - 3:00

  • Demonstration of 2 sets of hands-on Activities developed for the Mars Exploration Directorate by TERC and the MED team:

1:20 - 2:30

  • Meredith Olson
  • Demonstration of mountains and stream table activities, as part of the Mars Canyons Module

2:30 - 2:50

  • Dan Barstow and Chris Randall (Curriculum Developer, TERC)
  • Demonstration of temperature data use as gathered from Mars, and a shoebox rover project, as part of the Introduction and Pathfinder Modules.

2:50 - 3:00

  • Recap of Curriculum Activities, and Summation

3:00 - 3:15

  • Coffee Break for DC location participants

  • For "virtual participants," Bill Gutsch interviews teachers and program scientists for "person on the street" NASA-TV coverage.
  • 3:15
    • Geoff Haines-Stiles describes specifics of how LIVE FROM MARS can bring the "Red Planet" down to Earth

      Four, five minute introductions:

    • Geoff Haines-Stiles:
      • Dates and times for the live and taped videos
      • Proposed content, live sites, formats (Q&A, online Q&A, student activities, touring remote sites, possible contest and Challenge Questions, etc.), Teacher Training tapes and/or training teleconference(s)

    • Erna Akuginow:
      • Overview of the LFM Teacher's Guide and other print materials
      • Headlining adaptation to various grades, indicating connections to other PTK components, co-packaged materials

    • Marc Siegel:
      • The LFM online resources
      • The different genres of material and experiences to be found online: i) informational; ii) interactive; iii) leading-edge: CU-SeeMe, WebChat; iv) collaborative activities

    • Bob Spielvogel:
      • Assessment and evaluation built into LFM project activities

    3:35 - 4:35

    • Onsite participants will form breakout groups of teacher location participants gather at rear and sides of the Auditorium, and brainstorm ideas, discuss issues, etc. Location participants have a chance to attend TWO out of the THREE sessions.

    • "Virtual participants" will have a discussion with a panel of the day's presenters responding primarily to accumulated and live questions:
      • Cheick Diarra
      • Donna Shirley
      • Dan Barstow
      • Meredith Olson
      • Geoff Haines-Stiles


    • Re-assembly of the whole DC group
    • Breakout group leaders report back key teacher comments: final chance for location and remote Q&A and comment


    • Cheick Diarra and Geoff Haines-Stiles
    • Implementing LIVE FROM MARS over 1996-1997 and beyond... a unique chance to follow the coming decades of Mars exploration
    • Closing Comments


    • Virtual Workshop Ends