Julia Robinson

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Ice Ages and Climate Dynamics part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
Discuss the causes of ice ages on Earth and determine if Mars experiences similar climate dynamics to Earth.

Project Mission to Mars part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This is a collection of documents to prepare and evaluate students for their Project: Mission to Mars.

Active Interior and Crustal Change part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
Students will become familiar with the theory of plate tectonics on Earth and evaluate the possibility of plate tectonics on Mars using the evidence (continental puzzle, faunal correlation, magnetic reversals etc.) utilized on Earth to support plate tectonic theory.

Meteorites and Impact Craters part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
A learning module for incorporation in to Earth science courses that exposes students to the formation of impact craters and what differentiates a meteorite from other rocks on Earth.

Age and Times of Mars vs Earth part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This learning module is meant for adaptation in an Earth science course where the geologic history of the Earth is discussed as well as the principles by which Earth's geologic history is defined and rock strata dated by relative dating techniques.


Water Underneath: Groundwater part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
A learning module for incorporation in to Earth science courses that exposes students to the influence of groundwater and on the surface of Mars.

Weathering and Soils part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This module is aimed at helping students understand the patterns and drivers of weathering and the formation of soils on Earth and Mars.

Origin of Life part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
Share hypotheses on the origins of life on planet Earth and their plausibility on Mars.

ET in the Universe part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This learning module and related in-class activity is meant to expose students to the SETI program.

Missions Outside our Solar System part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This learning module is meant for adaptation into any course wishing to introduce students to planets outside Earth's solar system. Students will learn and define what the 'habitable zone' means and apply techniques of finding planets outside our solar system.

Views and Missions in Space part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This learning module compares early and recent missions to Mars as well as familiarizes students with a common instrument used in NASA mission payloads.

Life-Hosting Rocks part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to the types of lithologies on Earth that host life and the sedimentary processes that formed them.

Birth of Planets part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to Solar Nebular Theory, planetary body classification, and planet differentiation. Students will be able to compare and contrast the formation history of Mars and Earth as well as confidently assess the present classification of the planet Pluto.

Building Blocks: Matter and Minerals part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to the make-up of minerals on both Earth and Mars, as well as encourage students to determine what minerals imply an aqueous environment of formation.

Welcome to Earth and Mars part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This introduction will expose students to Mars imaging software platforms so that students may become familiar with their navigation and imagery products.

Remote Sensing Mars part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to remote sensing techniques utilized on Mars.

Igneous Rocks & Volcanics part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to volcanic styles, eruptions, igneous rock textures and their evidence in the Martian landscape.

Rock Evolution and Change part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
Students will be exposed to the processes of metamorphism and diagenesis on Earth and determine which processes are dominant on Mars. Are diagenetic processes on Earth mirrored on Mars?

Surface Sculpting Waters part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to surface water erosion due to rivers and deltas and their evidence on the Martian landscape. Students will use modern analogs to assess the hypothesis that both rivers and deltas existed on Mars.

Vast Deserts on Mars part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
Using a Sandbox experiment and Google Earth students will study the formation of dunes and relate their observations to Mars imagery of dune fields.

Water World: Large Waterbodies part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
It is hypothesized that an ocean might have existed on Mars. Students will learn what sedimentary structures of Earth marine environments in the ancient look like and the processes by which they formed. From this Earth-analog approach students will observe Mars imagery and determine whether or not a Mars ocean might have existed in the distant past.

Extremophiles part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to extremophiles, their habitats and the potential to find habitable environments on Mars.

Future Mars Missions and Societal Issues part of Mars for Earthlings:Lesson Modules
This learning module and related exercises will expose students the issues of space exploration and the other NASA-partnering agencies and institutions as well as private companies engaged in space-related technology. Students address socio scientific issues and apply the nature of science to real-world decisions regarding human space flight (bold words are also keys in NGSS standards).