Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Microprobe Mission
Supports National Science Education Standards (NSES): 5-8:Content Standard A Science as Inquiry Standards:Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Supports National Science Education Standards (NSES): 5-8:Content Standard A Science as Inquiry Standards:Understanding about scientific inquiry
Supports National Science Education Standards (NSES): 5-8:Content Standard E Science and Technology Standards:Understandings about science and technology
Supports National Science Education Standards (NSES): 5-8:Content Standard G History and Nature of Science Standards:Science as a human endeavor
Supports National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) standard: The Uses of Geography:How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future
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AbstractAs part of this classroom activity, students will record and graph temperature data to learn about the search for water on Mars. Using models of frozen and ice-free "soils" constructed from readily available materials (a list is provided), they will examine (by periodically measuring temperature and graphing the results) how the ice content of the Martian soil affects the rate at which a warm probe will cool. This activity is part of NASA's Solar System Educators Program, a nationwide network of teachers who lead workshops that show other teachers how to successfully incorporate NASA materials and research into their classes. This activity is correlated to National Science Education Standards and NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Educational levels: Middle school
TypeLearning materials:Classroom activity
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