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Student poster at AbSciCon2017

7 Jun 2017, 03:55 UTC
Student poster at AbSciCon2017
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AbSciCon2017 was held in Mesa, Arizona with scientists, students, and educators attending this conference to discuss and share ideas in Astrobiology. The theme for the conference was “Diverse Life and its Detection on Different Worlds”.
One of the topics in the conference was “Astrobiology as a Human Endeavor” where student, Laura Penrose, presented her poster presentation on “Astrobiology from the Perspective of a Student”. The aim of the workshop was to empower scientists to work with astrobiology content in ways that will focus their learner audience.
The first Astrobiology educational program in New Zealand was Spaceward Bound NZ (SBNZ), based at the Te Takinga Marae Maori tribal center, a community gathering place with a common sleeping area and dining/meeting space that sponsors large groups. It is situated in the Rotorua region, located in the central part of the North Island of New Zealand, home to active volcanoes and geothermal areas. SBNZ was a 5-day program held in January 2015, when I had just finished high school. This was the second time that I had visited Rotorua and the way that I viewed everything was completely different by the end of SBNZ. I ...

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