Facebook icon
Twitter icon
TeacherTube icon
Pinterest icon

The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom Educator Symposium and Field Trip

Sponsored by NASA’s Mars Program, The CheMin Science Team, ASU, NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the ASU Mars Education Program


Dates: June 24-28, 2013

Locations: Mars Space Flight Facility, School of Earth and Space Exploration - Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ and geologic/astrobiological sites in No. AZ.

Cost: Transportation to and from Arizona State University, lodging and meals.

How do scientists search for habitable environments beyond Earth?  What makes an environment habitable? Are the criteria for life the same or different for life beyond Earth? The science of Astrobiology is at the forefront addressing these types of challenging questions – including where can life exist?

Currently, NASA’s Curiosity Rover is exploring Gale Crater on Mars to investigate a site that has a very interesting history that could include habitability!  Join the Mars Rover scientists as they lead an educator field experience to explore areas on Earth similar to environments on Mars.  Help expand your students’ understanding how of biology, geology and chemistry are essential to this fascinating search for life elsewhere. This 5-day, interdisciplinary, immersive experience includes:

  • Standards-aligned, hands-on, inquiry-based activities for your classroom
  • 3.5 days on a truly “out-of-this-world” field trip to great sites:
    • Grand Canyon
    • Meteor Crater
    • Lowell Observatory
    • Sunset Crater Volcanic Area
    • Rover analog field sites. 

This Educator Symposium and Field Trip will be led by NASA’s Curiosity Rover’s CheMin Science Team and NASA Education STEM Specialists.  Get ready for the Next Generation Science Standards! Learn how to boost learning in your classroom by being immersed in the process of science. Gain understanding in the value of science observations and questioning while visiting world-class sites! Participants will receive a certificate with a minimum of 45 professional development hours.  Some hiking will be required to participate in this field experience.


Day 1: Start at Arizona State University / Northern AZ

Day 2: Northern AZ

Day 3: Northern AZ

Day 4: Northern AZ / Arizona State University

Day 5: Arizona State University

Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Arizona State University, any lodging and meals.  Lodging rates are ~ $133/night (reservations must be made by June 10th). We will help to connect people who are interested in sharing accommodations/costs.  Transportation to and from the field sites will be covered.  Space is limited and will be available based on your application.  Participants will be notified immediately and given instructions on making reservations at the selected hotels.

Questions:  Please contact Sheri Klug Boonstra: sklug@asu.edu - (480) 215-0410

Please fill out the form below to register



Select all that apply.