29 December 2000 Astrobiology as a tool for getting high school students interested in science
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A workshop was held (10/99) for high school students and teachers on astrobiology. NASA provided support through an IDEAS grant. Out of 63 qualified applicants, 29 were accepted: 22 students (11 minorities) and 7 teachers. The workshop was held on 2 successive weekends. Activities included: culturing microbes from human skin, discussing "what is life?", building and using a 2-inch refractive telescope and a van-Leeuwenhoek-type microscope (each participant built and kept them), listening to lectures by Dr. Richard Gelderman on detecting extra solar planets and by Dr. Richard Hoover on life in extreme environments. Other activities included: collecting samples and isolating microorganisms from the lost river cave, studying microbial life from extreme environments in the laboratory, using the internet as a research tool and debating the logistics and feasibility of a lunar colony. Written evaluations of the workshop led to the following conclusions: 48% of the students considered a possible career in the biological and/or astrophysical sciences, and half of these stated they were spurred on by the workshop itself.
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B. Wieb Van der Meer, B. Wieb Van der Meer, James J. Alletto, James J. Alletto, Dudley Bryant, Dudley Bryant, Mike Carini, Mike Carini, Larry Elliott, Larry Elliott, Richard Gelderman, Richard Gelderman, Wayne Mason, Wayne Mason, Kerrie McDaniel, Kerrie McDaniel, Charles H. McGruder, Charles H. McGruder, Claire Rinehart, Claire Rinehart, Rico Tyler, Rico Tyler, Linda Walker, Linda Walker, } "Astrobiology as a tool for getting high school students interested in science", Proc. SPIE 4137, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology III, (29 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.411615; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.411615

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