April 29, 2021
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Astrobiology in the Classroom: The Science Behind the ENIGMA Project

Astrobiology in the Classroom:
The Science Behind the ENIGMA Project

Live Virtual Webinar for K12 Teachers
7-8 pm ET, May 19, 2021

Meet ENIGMA Project Scientists and explore how to integrate astrobiology into your classroom with this unique resource!

Are we alone? How did we get here?

These are core questions in the science of Astrobiology – the study of the origins of life on our planet and the search for life beyond Earth. Figuring out how life developed on our planet will be key to discovering if or how life could have formed on other planets. This is the challenge for the interdisciplinary, collaborative ENIGMA project.

The ENIGMA team’s idea is that if we can figure out how proteins evolved to create life on earth, then we can search for these protein ‘biosignatures’ in the minerals that make up other planets.

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Dive deeper into the world of Astrobiology with ENIGMA.
Dive deeper into the world of Astrobiology with ENIGMA.Image credit: Rutgers University.

In this live interactive session, you’ll hear first-hand from Rutgers scientists Dr. Vik Nanda and Dr. Corday Selden about this exciting research.

Explore with them the NEWTools of Science ENIGMA Case Study video and the accompanying Discussion Guide.

Brainstorm with your colleagues about the best ways to incorporate the compelling science of Astrobiology into your classroom using this engaging resource.

  • To support performance standards in Earth Science (HS-ESS2-7; MS-ESS1-4) and Life Science (HS-LS-1; MS-LS3-1).
  • To reinforce cross-cutting concepts including: Nature of Science; Interdependence of Science, Engineering and Technology; Systems and System Models. Teachers of any grade level are welcome to join.

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