Aerospace Education Mentor
Morning: Conduct activities to provide the prerequisite
content to support the afternoon Earth’s Moon and Mars surface
8:00 a.m. Introductionand Administrative Details
Florida Space Research Institute and the Aerospace Education Mentor Program
Power Point Presentation- NASA’s Space Exploration Initiative
of Igneous Rocks: Learn to use the texture
and color of igneous rocks to determine how the rocks
were formed and the composition (source of the magma/lava) of igneous rocks.
(Guided Inquiry Activity-Conceptual Change Model Lesson Plan)
Power Point Presentation- Sedimentary Rocks-
How they are formed and what are the indicators in determining whether
a rock is of igneous
or sedimentary origin. (Various sources including (Tarbuck, Lutgens, and Pinzke- ‘Applications & Investigations in
Break- (15 Minutes)
Activity- ‘Albedo, What is it and can we measure it?:
Lutgens, and Pinzke- ‘Applications & Investigations in Earth
Power Point Presentation- Relative Age- Learning
the basics about how to determine the order of geologic events.
(Tarbuck, Lutgens, and Pinzke- ‘Applications & Investigations in Earth Science)
Power Ponit Presentation- Satellite Images of Drainage
Basin Topography- Satellite images and Tarbuck, Lutgens, and Pinzke-
‘Applications & Investigations in Earth Science’
12:00 p.m.- Lunch
Afternoon: Exploring Moon and Mars Geology
the Surface Composition of Earth’s Moon: Use remote sensor
imagery and lessons learned from the morning session to
determine the composition of the Lunar highlands with Lunar Maria.
(Guided Inquiry-Conceptual Change Model Lesson Pan)
Mapping Activity: Using remote sensing imagery and
lessons learned from the morning session, determine a simple geologic history
Mars. (Guided Inquiry-Conceptual Change Model Lesson Pan)
Short Break (15 minutes)
Rocks Activity: Using lessons learned from the morning activity,
can you identify which of the types of rocks in a collection of potential
Mars rocks are of igneous or sedimentary origin? (Guided Inquiry)
Discussion: What conditions exist on Mars which may alter geologic processes when compared to Earth?
3:15-3:30- Evaluation and Complete Professional Development Forms
3:45 p.m.- 5:15 p.m. Extended Activity ($25 stipend)
Activity- "Determining the Composition of Planetary Surfaces Using Reflectance Spectrometry":Using an Alta 2 Reflectant Spectrometer, test several types of sand and generate data which may be used to identify the composition of samples pf lunar regolith simulant and Mars Regolith simulant. Learn how the CRISM (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars) instrument onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will use infra-red reflantant spectrometry to identify the composition of Mars regolith at prospective landing sites for future Mars robotic missions (Phoenix Scout Lander and the Mars Science Lab Rover).