Announcement of the 2016 GLOBE International Virtual Science Fair

The GLOBE Program is pleased to announce the 2016 GLOBE International Virtual Science Fair for students around the world. With GLOBE, students learn the practices of science through hands-on investigations in their own communities, sparking their curiosity and interest in science. It often leads to inquiries that help solve real-world problems and further understanding of our global environment. Now it's time for your students to show the world what they've learned!

The 2016 GLOBE International Virtual Science Fair takes place online, and students from any GLOBE country may participate. Your students should collaborate with scientists of the GLOBE International Scientist Network (GISN) and use the GLOBE data they entered into the database. It's a great opportunity for your students to practice the skills they've learned through the GLOBE Program and apply them to address real-world problems. It can be hard work, but the excitement that comes with discovery and new insights makes it worthwhile.

Every project that is submitted will be hosted on, and qualified entries will be entered for a chance to receive a stipend to attend the 2016 GLOBE Annual Meeting. There is no limit to the number of entries per student or per school, and the deadline for your students to submit their project is 11 March 2016. Additional awards will be announced on Earth Day, 22 April 2016.

General Guidelines

Student projects will be graded on a merit-based system and scored by member scientists of the GLOBE International Scientist Network (GISN). Projects will be awarded different badges, including collaboration, community impact, connection to a local or network scientist, international connection, and engineering solutions. Each student project should include an abstract, a research report, a presentation (e.g. video, scientific poster, or narrated PowerPoint), and a photo release for all people appearing in the video. An important part of the scoring process includes entering and using GLOBE data. Specific guidelines will be announced later in July, but get your students thinking about ideas for the science fair now.

Resources For You

You can show your students examples of projects submitted in 2012 and 2013.  To help with the project, The GLOBE Program has ready-made resources for you to share with students, including the steps in the scientific process, how to create a student research report, and scientific poster template (coming soon!).


GLOBE has fostered collaboration among students, teachers and scientists from more than 100 countries to contribute meaningful data to increase our understanding of our home planet and global climate. GLOBE started with a simple vision: bring the community together to better understand, sustain and improve Earth's environment. Through GLOBE's activities and trainings, students, teachers and scientists can collaborate on inquiry-based investigations to study and research the dynamics of Earth's environment.