Education and Outreach Related Publications

PBS NOVA Science: The Search for the Origin of Life Documentary

“Trees are like a time machine — by looking at the rings of a tree you can see what happened in the past and the same is true of biology. Every living thing on Earth is chemically connected to the origin of life. Betul Kacar constructs an evolutionary tree of life using DNA.”Print_PBS_LearningMedia_Logo

SAGANet Articles:

Evaluating virtual STEM mentoring programs: The experience
Som, S. M.; Walker, S. I.; Miller, E.; Anbar, M.; Kacar, B.; Forrester, J. H.

“Many school districts within the United States continue to seek new ways of engaging students within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines., a web-based 501c3 Astrobiology outreach initiative, works with a number of schools, partnering K-12 students and their families with professional scientist mentors from around the world to teach and inspire students using virtual technology platforms [..]”

Integrating mentoring in a social network setting with the S.A.G.A.N. mentorship program
Adam, Z.; DeMarines, J.; Kacar, B.; Illangkoon, H.; Som, S.; Walker, S.I.

“All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don’t, our lives get made up for us by other people […]”

Mentoring Elementary School Students Through Virtual Media: C.A.R.L. S.A.G.A.N. Mentorship Program
Walker, S.I.; Kacar, B.; Adam, Z.; DeMarines, J.; Anbar, M; Nicks, T.; Som, S.

“Here we focus on a new virtual mentoring pilot program – C.A.R.L. (Cielo Astrobiology Research Learners) S.A.G.A.N. – run through the S.A.G.A.N. network in collaboration with the “Discovery Room” at Kyrene de Cielo Elementary School in Chandler, AZ. The pilot program took place between February 2013 and May 2013. The program connected elementary school students and their parents (as mentees) with scientist-mentors through the S.A.G.A.N. platform […]”

 Astrobiology Related articles written by Betul Kacar:

“Education and outreach is not just talking to students at schools or advertising your activities to the public or highlighting your research successes. When done well, it also means taking a thoughtful approach to figuring out how you want your faculty to interact with one another, and to use that interaction as a template for positive interactions and meaningful change in your surrounding community.”

“The Life on Mars? activities were developed in accord with guidelines set forth by the National Science Education Standards and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) benchmarks, and they are designed for 8 to 13 year olds with special consideration toward effectively engaging girls in science.”

“A cross between Wayne Manor, a Napa Valley vineyard, a calculus-obsessed kibbutz and a British collegiate faculty lounge, somebody (Ali Nesin) actually built the math classroom that your math teacher dreamed about while you were taking your weekly quizzes in high school…”

“Topladığımız numuneleri detaylıca isimlendirilmiş kutulara yerleştirdik, son gecemizi geçirmek için kamp alanının yolunu tuttuk. Bu bir kaç gün hepimizde büyük etki yaratmış olacak ki araçta kimsenin sesi soluğu çıkmadı uzun bir süre, düşündük. 1,3 milyon yıllık bir dönem gezegenimizde var olarak, 13 milyar yaşındaki evrenimizin, %10’lük bir kozmik zaman dilimini kapsamış bir yaşamın izlerini taşıyan fosil kalıntıları aracımızın bagajında idi şimdi.”


Curriculum development and improvement: Teaching Modules
(developed through an NSF K12 Education Outreach Award, issued to Betul Kacar)

All are published under Cases Online, readily used by STEM Teachers nationwide
[Developed and implemented with David Schaar (Decatur High School, 2005-2006)]

CASES Online is a collection of inquiry-based lessons to engage K-12 and undergraduate students in exploring the science behind real-world problems.

  • Avogadro’s Code (Chemistry)
  • It’s Hot (Chemistry)
  • Dude, Where is My Penny? (Chemistry)
  • Mystery Stain (Analytical Chemistry)
  • Test Crash (Physics)
  • Blackout (Physical Chemistry)
  • Tea Time in Chernobyl (Chemistry)