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The NASA Macquarie University Pilbara Education Project was developed prinicipally as a set of multimedia resources that would provide classroom access to the process of science. Three New South Wales science teachers provided input. Since this topic is applicable at many levels, it was decided to provide the resources and allow teachers anywhere in the world the freedom to create and share tasks built on the project resources.

Schools - wherever they are located - are invited to contact us so we can both support and receive feedback to improve, in particular, this wiki site and teacher notes built on the experience in the classroom. For those teachers close to Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, professional development days may be available according to demand.

All teachers wishing to build and share tasks related to the project are invited to view the project and share a task or lesson plan. This page will eventually serve as a place where actively participating teachers will be given editing rights, allowing direct upload, as well as a place to share development with teachers in a discussion forum if desired.

The Virtual Field Trip concept will expand beyond the Pilbara and Shark Bay. Already three other sites of astrobiological interest are under consideration. For further information on participation please contact us.

Demonstration of Virtual Field Trip tools

These video clips were recorded at the Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre in 2006 when Carol Oliver, from the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, demonstrated the tools for high school students.

Teacher developed learning activities

  • Learn about careers in science using the Virtual Field Trip tool. Lesson plan by Megan Welch, Winmalee High School and Ami Madden, Blaxland High School.
  • Investigate the composition of an ancient stromatolite using Virtual Lab. Lesson plan by Megan Welch, Winmalee High School and Ami Madden, Blaxland High School.
  • Learn about the controversy surrounding the Pilbara stromatolites using the Virtual Field Trip tool. Lesson plan by Megan Welch, Winmalee High School and Ami Madden, Blaxland High School.
  • Explore the Pilbara with World Wind. Lesson plan by Megan Welch, Winmalee High School and Ami Madden, Blaxland High School.
  • Compare the Pilbara and Mars using What's the Difference?. Lesson plan by Megan Welch, Winmalee High School and Ami Madden, Blaxland High School.
  • Find out how stromatolites provide useful evidence for the origins of life on Earth, and possibly the universe, using Virtual Lab. Lesson plan by Rosemary Daubney, Plumpton High School.
  • Investigate the origins of the universe using this wiki site. Lesson plan by Rosemary Daubney, Plumpton High School.
  • Compare theories about the origin of the universe using What's the Difference?. Lesson plan by Julie Harrison, St Ives High School.
  • Explore the use of an electron microscope using Virtual Lab. Lesson plan by Edward Louey, Hunters Hill High School.
  • These two units of work were developed for upper primary students using the Virtual field trip tools. The units, focusing on the Pilbara and Shark Bay, were developed by Jennifer Fergusson.

Contents


Introduction

Context

Early Life

Evidence

Acknowledgements

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