GLOBE Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
GLOBE in the Time of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
This page has been created in response to extreme challenges to the GLOBE community stemming from the global novel coronavirus pandemic. Its purpose is two-fold:
- to update you on scheduled events, campaigns, and intensive observation periods (IOPs); and
- to provide resources for teachers, parents, students and citizen scientists for online learning that can be done indoors during times of widespread in-home containment.
Clearly almost all existing events are impacted by the current world situation. However staff members of the GLOBE Implementation Office continue to work from home and are addressing the myriad changes to events as well as communication about them. What you are seeing here today is our initial outreach.
Understand that this page is a work in progress and materials will be added regularly. Important messages to the community will be amplified by direct email and social media.
Events and Activities
All GLOBE public events are suspended indefinitely in response to the worldwide pandemic. You will be informed here when GLOBE restrictions are lifted.
GLOBE activities conducted at home or in approved school situations, and in accordance with local governance, are permitted. Always follow guidelines from your local officials and only conduct such activities where and when it is considered safe to do so.
Although the current GLOBE measurement campaigns have been suspended indefinitely in response to the worldwide pandemic, the campaign teams have been working tirelessly to shift gears to a safe approach that does not involve field work. We encourage you to view their pages, and join their upcoming webinars for 2021:
2021 GLOBE Annual Meeting (link)
12 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
Theme: Adapting to a Changing GLOBE
This meeting will be hosted virtually. It was originally supposed to be hosted in Boulder, Colorado, USA, therefore you may see some emphasis to Boulder throughout the meeting. For more information and to register for the meeting go to www.globe.gov/annual-meeting
Earth Day at GLOBE (link)
Earth Day 2021 marks the end of the 25th Anniversary year of the GLOBE Program.
Earth Day observations will be digital again this year. THE GLOBE Earth Day webpage is currently under production. We'll be sharing NASA's Earth Day celebration as well. Stay tuned for more information, coming soon.
Earth Day at NASA (link)
All outdoor activities have been cancelled. Delve into the NASA Earth Day toolkit to find activities you can do indoors on Earth Day. Check back. More information to come.
Resources for Students at Home
Grade-specific lists of GLOBE protocols and activities that can be done indoors
Resources from the Regions
Asia and Pacific (link)
NASA at HOME (link)
Since the start of the Covic-19 pandemic, NASA wanted to be sure that every student, educator, and lifelong learner has access to the resources and inspiration of NASA to continue their studies or enrich their ongoing journey. Below you will find access to everything from formal lesson plans to amazing imagery and stories about how science and exploration are lifting our world.
If you’re looking for ways to keep young ones engaged during this enforced break from school, NASA has got you covered. It has put together a range of resources and activities for students of every age, focusing (naturally) on STEM, with videos, activities, crafts, and so much more.
And if you’ve ever wanted to be part of a NASA project but aren’t sure you’re cut out for space, never fear. NASA still wants you! The agency has countless projects underway and is offering “citizen scientists” the chance to contribute to ongoing research. You, too, can be a scientist at home.
But if you’re the cautious type and want to “see” what you’re getting into, NASA’s got you there, too. The website offers virtual tours (yes, even of the Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station) and an Aeronautics AR app for Android and iOS that puts you at the controls of a NASA aircraft.
Even if all you want to do is is look upon the universe and marvel, NASA has galleries that will leave you starstruck.
And now that our world seems to be shrinking around us, it’s nice to remember that there is something so much bigger, so much more beautiful than our current reality, and that it all is as close as our nearest screen.
Please share your stories with NASA on social media, about what you’re learning and how you’re using digital resources to continue your education during this time. Use #NASAatHome. NASA looks forward to hearing from you, and keep checking back often as new content will regularly be added to the page.