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Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting in India Draws Participants from 9 Countries
The GLOBE Asia – Pacific Consortium meeting took place in Agra, India on April 17th – 20th, 2009, and was attended by representatives and Country Coordinators from 9 (of 16) Asia-Pacific GLOBE countries: Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Maldives, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. This was the first meeting in the region since the GLOBE Asia-Pacific Consortium was established in the Philippines in 2007.  >>

Students in Argentina and USA Discuss Research on the Impact of Fire on Climate
On 24 April 2009, GLOBE students from CEI "San Ignacio Junín de los Andes" in Patagonia, Argentina, and Desert View Elementary School in New Mexico, USA, met online through Skype conferencing. Their discussion, in Spanish, was facilitated by GLOBE teachers Ana Prieto in Argentina, and Albert Álvarez Ortiz and Eduardo Colom in New Mexico, who saw the value of arranging a scientific and culture exchange based on GLOBE student research.  >>

Near East-North Africa Regional Project in U.S. Marine Sanctuaries
In July and August 2009, GLOBE students from the Near East-North Africa region (Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia), together with students from Armenia, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Norway and the United States, will be involved in the Ocean for Life Project, a unique educational and cultural experience focusing on the global ocean and how it connects us all.  >>

GLOBE Training in Qatar Takes Innovative Approach to Integrated Learning
"Scientific research is a catalyst for future scientists in Qatar," writes Imran Asif, Science Specialist for the Curriculum Standards Office at the Supreme Education Council (SEC) of Qatar, in support of the GLOBE Program in Qatar. "We believe real education comes from scientific research and all the skills related to it and all the subjects related to it as well. Programs like GLOBE create ownership and instill motivation and enthusiasm into young budding scientists. GLOBE science creates awareness and understanding of global issues in a scientific context." Mr. Ibrahim Al Mannai, Director of Curriculum Standards Office for the Education Institute states, "We need more teachers trained in GLOBE."  >>

12 Years of GLOBE Games in the Czech Republic
Every year for the past 12 years, TEREZA has hosted the GLOBE Games in the Czech Republic, bringing together environmentally concerned students, teachers, scientists and special guests from the Czech Republic and neighboring countries. The object of the GLOBE Games is to raise environmental awareness among GLOBE students through data collection and research, to initiate collaborations among schools throughout the region, to introduce participants to special environmental challenges involving many of the GLOBE protocols, and to encourage teambuilding as a vital part of the educational experience.  >>

Benjamin Franklin, Scientist, Statesman and Climate Researcher Using the Past to Explore the Future
John Buchanan, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has a keen interest in Benjamin Franklin. His research into hurricane patterns and his interest in historical climate records have led to the creation of a remarkable new video.  >>

5th Annual GLOBE Scientist Fair in the Kingdom of Bahrain Brings Student Focus to Climate Change
Enhancing on the Annual Activities conducted by the GLOBE Program in the Kingdom of Bahrain, The 5th Annual GLOBE Scientist Fair took place in the Kingdom of Bahrain on 22-24 March 2009. Focused on the theme GLOBE Research for the Effects of Greenhouse Gases, 20 research topics related to GLOBE's Student Campaign for Reseach on Climate were on display, with student researchers on hand to explain their projects to judges and participants.  >>

Large Turnout for NSTA and North America Regional Meeting
The National Science Teachers Association ( NSTA) has been bringing science teachers together at their annual conferences for more than 50 years. Open to member and nonmember science educators, NSTA conferences offer the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand professional growth for teachers of science. This year, the conference took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was attended by approximately 10,000 science teachers. The majority of participants come from the United States, with 5% coming from other countries, primarily Canada, but that number is steadily increasing as NSTA is hosting more programs geared toward international participants.  >>

Lucky Friday the Thirteenth for GLOBE Learners in Cape Town
The GLOBE learners from Indwe Secondary School were pleasantly surprised when they were awarded 13 new bicycles on 13 March 2009. The bicycles were presented by Mr. Kurt Hendricks from the Cape Town Department of Transport and Public Works. The new bike owners were also provided with complete safety kits and were given instruction on safe riding. GLOBE teacher and Atmosphere trainer, Mrs. Rogeline Brettenny, and her GLOBE learners, applied for the award through the Bicycle Empowerment Network's BEN Project.  >>

Latin America and the Caribbean VI Regional Meeting, Iguazu - Argentina
The sixth meeting of GLOBE Country Coordinators in the Latin American and the Caribbean Consortium (CLAC) took place in Iguazu, Argentina, on 23-24 March 2009, followed by a GLOBE Train the Trainer (TTT) workshop, from 25-27 March. The event brought together teachers from the schools that belong to the Green Corridor, which includes Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.  >>