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Information for students

The NASA Macquarie University Pilbara Education Project was developed prinicipally to provide a set of multimedia resources that would introduce students to the process of science.

Students are able to explore science on a field trip with a group of real scientists in the Pilbara area of Western Australia. In the Pilbara, many scientists believe we can find evidence of the earlist life on Earth preserved as almost 3.5 billion year old stromatolites.

Students can embark on this virtual field trip using a set of hi-tech NASA tools:

1. Virtual Field Trip was created in a collaboration between NASA and Macquarie University. It links together other tools in the suite, including:

2. Virtual Lab

3. A comparative tool called What's the Difference?

4. A visualisation tool, World Wind, which provides a 3D interface with huge datasets relating to our planet.

5. The experience also has a television documentary associated with it and made by Passport to Knowledge. It is being shown on PBS stations in the USA and is available on NASA TV.

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.

Student Activities

Use the Stromatolite Explorer to find out what a stomatolite is.




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