Mars "Virtual" Teacher Training Conference

The Sights & Impressions of those in Attendance

Summary of 2pm Panel on Future Exploration
by Patricia D.Cook- Teacher from South Carolina

Noel Hinners, Lockheed Martin
We would not be here today to celebrate the anniversary if Viking had not been successful. Team work was the key. There was sufficient money to design properly. The youth of our country needs to be involved in these future projects .Mars Surveyor program has inadequate funding. The public needs to be interested in this project. This can be accomplished through education.

Lucas Layton and Jason Mantossian from the Marshall Fundamental Secondary School in Pasadena CA were introduced. Joe Spence, from the NASA GSFC Academy was also introduced. They will give a student's perspective. Scientists Mark Lupisella, NASA Lead Ground System Engineer and Chris McKay, NASA Ames Research Scientist were also on the panel Roald Z. Sagdeev, Director of the East West Space Sciences Center, U. Of MD. Will give an international perspective on Mars exploration.

Lucas Layton: Recently graduated from high school (English major) . Read his reaction to the Mars Symposium.

Jason Mattossian: "The gap between Humanities and Sciences is too large. It is important to get different philosophies on all the issues. NASA is trying to educate young children but we must educate the masses in order to get support."

Q&A: Bonnie Bracey:" How do we change policy? Don't school districts know that maybe NASA can write better curriculum?"

Q: As the panelists have embarked on their careers have they considered the engineers and scientists?

Q: Don't you think we should have more specialized schools which emphasize mathematics and sciences?

Q: Can we grow a weed on Mars? Is there breathable air there?. Is it virtual or is it real? I am a chemistry teacher searching for ways to touch minds.

Roald Sagdeev: I was impressed by what Noel said. How did Viking work? I hope that future missions to Mars will have Russians on board. I will show you a computer simulation. (SIMULATION OF MARS ORBITER)

Q: Are Russian students motivated by space exploration?

Mr. Young:"Thank you all for coming"

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