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Cite abstracts as Author(s) (2010), Title, Abstract xxxxx-xxxx presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.

HR: 1135h
AN: ED52A-06
TI: Using Participatory Exploration to Engage Classrooms in STEM Learning: A Case Study Using NASA's Mars Student Imaging Project
AU: *Klug, S L
EM: sklug@asu.edu
AF: School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
AU: Christensen, P R
EM: phil.christensen@asu.edu
AF: School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
AU: Graff, P
EM: paigev@asu.edu
AF: School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
AU: Viotti, M
EM: michelle.a.viotti@jpl.nasa.gov
AF: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA
AU: Bowman, C
EM: cbowman@sdsio-mail.jpl.nasa.gov
AF: Raytheon SDSIO, Tempe, AZ, USA
AB: NASA’s Mars Program and Arizona State University’s Mars Education Program have partnered with Mars mission teams and Mars Principal Investigator Dr. Phil Christensen to develop and promote an ongoing STEM-based opportunity for students to become active participants in the exploration of the Red Planet. The Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) has, since 2002, given over 15,000 students from grades 5 through early college the opportunity to work with scientists, mission planners and Mars education specialists using the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera. MSIP participants are involved in authentic Mars research by imaging and researching a site on Mars using the THEMIS visible wavelength camera onboard the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. Students can participate one of three ways: on-site at ASU, through distance learning and using archived THEMIS images. Throughout the period of time that the Mars Student Imaging Project has been operating, many lessons-learned have been accumulated, assessed, and project adjustments have been made. To meet the needs of a changing educational landscape and audience needs, MSIP is changing as well. Many challenges and barriers are making it difficult for teachers to promote deep, hands-on research projects in the formal classroom. As high stakes testing is again becoming more of the focus for the classroom, there becomes a greater need to understand audience needs (schools, teachers, students) and where new opportunities might emerge for students to participate in authentic and data-driven research. Participatory Exploration is a new exciting way to help teachers bring authentic STEM to their students through our journeys through the solar system. By engaging students through technology and challenging them with space-related research opportunities, we can further enable this generation of technology natives toward STEM literacy in a hands-on, memorable way.
UR: http://msip.asu.edu
DE: [0805] EDUCATION / Elementary and secondary education
DE: [0820] EDUCATION / Curriculum and laboratory design
DE: [0830] EDUCATION / Teacher training
DE: [1914] INFORMATICS / Data mining
SC: Education and Human Resources (ED)
MN: 2010 Fall Meeting