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Exploring Deep-Subsurface Life. Earth Analogues for Possible Life on Mars: Lessons and Activities DLESE Reviewed Collection
This DVD and teacher workbook are built around interviews with scientists in laboratories at Michigan State, Princeton, and Indiana University who are working on water and gas samples they collected from deep gold mines in South Africa and the Canadian Arctic. The video supports and compliments the accompanying workbook lessons and activities and offers students and teachers insight into the Indiana-Princeton-Tennessee Astrobiology Initiative (IPTAI) team?s scientific process. The lessons are crafted with three considerations: Life Domains, Cellular Metabolism, and Extreme Environments and Microbes. The students and teachers are challenged to build, draw, measure, and discuss, and participate in activities that help them understand and describe microbes and their environments. In the final Capstone project the students write a grant proposal to explore for life on anther planet, hypothetically piggybacking their proposals to an ongoing NASA mission. Each lesson includes links to the applicable National Education Standards, which are listed at the end of the workbook. Student copies of the lessons are available as Microsoft World documents on a CD included in the package, along with PDF files on DNA sequences and a poster for classroom use.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Visual:
    • Video
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Dedicated Web site, teacher workshops, AstroEd user groups, NASA Explorer Schools
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-369
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Ruth Droppo
Indiana University