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2004 Annual Science Report

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Reporting  |  JUL 2003 – JUN 2004

Year 6 Educational Activities and Progress

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Project Progress

Educational efforts of the Goddard Center for Astrobiology have included the implementation of a pilot program called the 2004 Summer Undergraduate Internship in Astrobiology (SUGIA), the initiation of a high school curriculum development project with the Minority Institution Astrobiology Collaborative (MIAC), and the modification of an undergraduate Astronomy course at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP).

Summer Undergraduate Internship in Astrobiology

The 2004 Summer Undergraduate Internship in Astrobiology is a 10-week program for undergraduate students. Students work with a mentor and participate in weekly seminars, laboratory visits, and a field trip to Greenbank Radio Observatory. The SUGIA program culminates with a poster presentation and a brief seminar given during the August 9th NAI Forum in Astrobiology Research (FAR) Seminar.

Astrobiology in the Secondary Classroom

A team of four high school teachers and three Historically Black Colleges and Universities ( HBCU) science faculty were brought to Goddard to develop curriculum materials for high school chemistry and Earth science classes. The project, "Origin and Evolution of Organics in Planetary Systems-Astrobiology in Secondary Classrooms," includes two years of materials development and field-testing followed by three years of summer workshops. The MIAC educators interacted with Goddard Node scientists Mumma, Dworkin, DiSanti, and Moore, the SUGIA interns, and Susan Hoban, principal investigator on the Virtual Telescopes in Education (VTIE) project.

Astro 380-Life in the Universe

Beginning in the fall 2004 semester, Marla Moore will teach Astro 380 (Life in the Universe), a 3-credit course designed for non-science majors of junior standing at the University of Maryland, College Park. Astro 380 is the study of the astronomical perspectives on the conditions for the origin and existence of life in the universe. Moore will incorporate current knowledge from various laboratories within the node, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the problems addressed in astrobiology. Implementing this type of course was one of the goals of our proposal.