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Other

Description:

In this activity, learners create channel features with flowing water, comparing their observations to real images of Mars and Earth taken by satellites/orbiters. Learners' observations of the ways in which flowing water alters the surrounding terrain are used as clues to draw conclusions about Mars’ geologic past and its ability to support life, as well as how scientists view these features from space. This activity is part of a 60-minute set of activities in which learners, ages 8–13, explore and compare the features of Mars and Earth, discuss what the features suggest about the history of Mars, and create a model to help them understand how scientists view and study other worlds--like Mars. The activities help to show why scientists are interested in exploring Mars for evidence of past life, and address the question: "Why are we searching for life on Mars?"

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

Oceanography,NSDL,Chemistry of Life,Solar System,Earth and Space Science,rivers,channels,Conducting Investigations,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-056,Earth Structure,Space Science,planets,Mars,General,astrobiology,Geoscience,Social Sciences,Motion and Forces,Communicating Results,astronomy,Chemistry,space,The Nature of Science,Anthropology,Earth's History,Geologic Time,Rocks and Minerals,Gathering Data,Life Science,Science and society,Astronomy,Informal Education,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140718104126168T,Middle School,Formulating Explanations,geology,History of Life,Chemical Reactions,Science as a Career,Elementary School,General science,Natural history,History/Policy/Law,Biological science,Physics,Earth,Life Sciences,Upper Elementary,The Planets,The Scientific Worldview,Earth system science,Oceans and Water,Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft,Engineering,living things,streams,Space science,Physical science,Education,Technology,The Scientific Process,Asking Questions

Language:

English

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