Mars "Virtual" Teacher Training Conference

The Sights & Impressions of those in Attendance

LIVE from Washington D.C.:

It's the Teachers' Workshop for Live from Mars!

Lunch and the Afternoon

During lunch there was a demonstration as remote sites "drove" the Red Rover over simulated Mars terrain and participants were given the chance to run rovers at remote sites.

The weather cooperated so participants took their box lunches outside and enjoyed eachother's company.

When reassembled, teachers became students in several demonstrations of hands-on activities developed for the Mars Exploration Directorate by TERC and the MED team.

Whether estimating angles or handling "Mars" soil, all were very involved,
even the young Haines-Stiles who helped to demo.

The balance of the day was spent becoming more acquainted with the Live from Mars project components (Video, Online and Hands-on activities) and the D.C. participants attended breakout groups in which teachers gathered to discuss issues and brainstorm ideas in each of these component areas.

Meanwhile, in the auditorium: Our distinguished panel consisting of (left to right):

Cheick Diarra, Donna Shirley, Meredith (Midge) Olson, and Dan Barstow fielded questions from our "virtual" audience.

When the breakout groups reported back time was devoted to questions and answers.

What better way to end our time together than to have all participants on the stage for a group wave for "Goodmorning America"

A tired but exited group of teachers return home to spread the word

Onward to Mars! - see you online!

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