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I worked  with a team of four other SEES interns to conduct an investigation into mosquito larvae trapping. We chose to research  the effectiveness of mosquito larvae traps in different geographical areas, as we noticed that many of the interns were having trouble with capturing mosquito larvae in experimental traps. Moreover, understanding what type of traps and trap bait type most attracted mosquitoes could offer insight into why areas had significantly higher mosquito populations than others. Array of experimental traps in WA We conducted investigations in five different...


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Cases of mosquito-borne disease are increasing in the United States. Because these diseases are directly correlated with the abundance of mosquitoes, finding what environmental variables impact mosquito populations is essential to prevent the transmission of disease. For the SEES 2020 Mosquito Mapper research project, our group decided to  focus on identifying the statistical correlations exhibited between mosquito abundance and topographic, underground, and climate variables. The analysis used GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper data. The GLOBE database was very simple to access...


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Through my research, I tried to find a connection between plants and mosquitoes, so that humans can find a safe, natural, and aesthetically pleasing way to deter these disease vectors. I began my search for answers by visiting nature preserves in my area to sample water, set mosquito traps, and take pictures of the plants. I also used the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper data from the GLOBE database to provide me with numerical data about how many mosquitoes are in an area with and without plants. To determine if there are plants in an area, I look at the land cover images that the...


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Hi everyone, my name is Bhaskar J, and I'm interning with the SEES Mosquito Mappers research team this summer, in which we use the GLOBE Observer citizen science app.  There are a lot of moving parts to it, but overall it's been an incredible experience! One part of the program is catching mosquito larvae in our home-made traps. See the attached images showing how I made mine! Figure. 1  Steps I used to create a mosquito larvae trap. At first, I was a little distraught because I wasn't able to catch that many mosquito larvae and wasn't able to identify them. However, after...


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To draw statistically valid conclusions about ecological trends, such as the relationship between land cover and mosquito population dynamics, land areas of interest must be sampled in a consistent manner. Numerous ground observations of local areas can help scientists gain insight of the landscape, especially in regions where remote sensing techniques fail to measure certain land characteristics. However, sending scientists to sample areas across the globe is not always viable. That’s why tools like GLOBE Observer App are so helpful. By recruiting citizen volunteers to conduct ground...


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Coming into the NASA SEES Mosquito Mapper program, I was beyond nervous. Living in Washington State in an area with few mosquitoes, I had no idea how I would be able to collect enough data for the final research project, especially since this was the first time I was conducting research on my own. In addition to that, the program was entirely virtual! As a visual learner, I was worried that participation might be challenging. These worries quickly fell behind after the first virtual "Zoom" meeting. My mentors were super easy going and accessible, and happy to answer any of the questions I...


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Through the SEES Mosquito Mappers internship, I have learned how to skeptically interrogate the world around us and devise profound questions that can shape our understanding of the natural universe. I came to this internship knowing very little about science except for  the basics of the scientific method and the “facts” that we are mandated to memorize in our educational system. I started by doing engaging activities and watching webinars hosted by NASA scientists. I supplemented the knowledge that I gained with educational SEES modules on topics from “Climate Science...


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First - congratulations to Dr. David Padgett from Tennessee State University! See below for links to the YES Medal award and details! Catching up around here with the busy summer! Many Partners and teachers had the opportunity to attend the GLOBE Annual Meeting this year since it was virtual. Click on the link and you can view any presentations you missed. The student reports were amazing and the web team announced some new features coming our way soon! Don't miss the DEI Task Force session too! In other summer news: Dr. David Padgett, Tennessee State University Partner News Dr....


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Did you know that NASA satellite data is being used to predict,monitor, and respond to vector-borne and water-related disease around the world? Imagine the value of using both GLOBE ground-based data; such as precipitation, vegetation, soil moisture, surface temperature, and humidity; to help us better understand disease! As you think about what you might like to research for the next school year, consider using NASA satellite data along with your GLOBE data to investigate various aspects of water-related and vector-borne disease. You can learn about the research conducted by...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: GLOBE Learning Expeditions Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Webinars Workshops Competitions Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño GGIC SMAP GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Meetings/Conferences Scientist Skills Earth as a System GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group Investigation Areas: Biosphere Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair IOPs SCRC Research Community Letters Competitions Meetings Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) International Virtual Science Symposium Report Standard Research Report Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Protocol Specific Documents Investigation Area Documents

[July 17 | 05:00 p.m.| PST] We are well within the rainy season in the country and rains are part of our day. Fortunately, we were able to record 2 cloud observations today, one during solar soon and one during a satellite flyover. One curious event we observed was the rain pouring down while it appears to be still sunny.  I think in this case, cloud observation in all directions is important to fully describe the clouds in your area. Aside from that, today is Cloud Art Day here. I gave the GLOBE Cloud Chart to our young citizen scientists to study and have a go with drawing them....


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As part of the 2020 GLOBE Virtual Meeting, our NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative team offered a July 15 webinar to highlight opportunities and resources for doing GLOBE science at home this summer and beyond. These include the 15 July- 15 August 2020 Community Cloud Challenge, as well as activities and resources that can be used by families to do science @ home. Presented by: Jessica Taylor and Marilé Colon Robles, NASA LaRC, and Theresa Schwerin and Cassie Soeffing, IGES. No worries if you missed the live webinar, following are links to the video and slides: Video Recording...


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[July 16 | 02:23 a.m. | PST] Just finished with the GLOBE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force Meeting. It was very rewarding to see all the work put together by the group presented at last to the GLOBE community. Back to the Cloud Challenge, we started things off by taking 3 cloud observations using the GLOBE Observer App. We then prepared the Cloud Activity Tracker for these youngsters who have been gamely participating in our science-related activities at home since the lock down in our country. We introduced them also to three basic clouds first (cirrus, cumulus, nimbus)...


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[July 15 | 11:41 a.m. | PST] This blog post will chronicle the participation of our group Seven Lakes Citizen Scientists Team from the Philippines to the Cloud Challenge 2020. I hope my young teammates will enjoy the activities Globe prepared for them. #CloudChallenge #Clouds #NASAGO #CitSci #CitizenScience #7lakesscience #7lakescitizenscience #7lakescitizenscientists #7lakescitizenscientiststeam


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Audiencia: ¡Todos! (Estudiantes y maestros de todos los grados, educadores informales y el público en general) Fechas: 15 de julio de 2020 - 15 de agosto de 2020 Cómo Participar: Disfruta del verano descubriendo las nubes desde una nueva perspectiva. Hay muchas formas de participar. Cada jueves puedes aprender más sobre las nubes con científicos y educadores de la NASA por medio de la página NASA Earth’s Facebook page. También puedes hacer actividades en casa o hacer observaciones de las nubes o el cielo a través de la herramienta Nubes en GLOBE o la aplicación GLOBE Observer app. ¡Todo...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Assessment and Evaluation Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Competitions GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Evaluation Working Group Education Working Group Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: IOPs Regions Calendar Training Community Letters News Briefs Competitions Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students

With the events of the last month, the U.S. GLOBE Office took some time to #ShutDownSTEM, think, gather ideas, listen and learn. Moving forward, we will be looking at some actions that we can take to better support our communities, and GLOBE colleagues, teachers and students. Partner News The University of Toledo Partnership is conducting a joint PD with the SUNY Fredonia Partnership, Northern Michigan University Partnership and Defiance College in July. It is a mix of virtual and in-person training days.  US Regional GLOBE Student Research Symposia (SRS) 18 students who...


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Audience: Everyone! (Students and teachers all grade levels, informal educators, and the general public) Dates: July 15, 2020 - August 15, 2020 How to Participate: Spend summer together by discovering clouds from a new perspective. There are many ways to participate. Learn more about clouds with NASA scientists and educators each Thursday on NASA Earth’s Facebook page, do at-home activities, or take cloud or sky observations through the Clouds tool on GLOBE or the GLOBE Observer app. It is all up to you! Show how you took part in this unique event by sharing on social media. Choose...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Webinars Other Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Competitions GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: IOPs Regions Calendar Community Letters News Briefs Competitions Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students

A new study using NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission data entitled "Water vapor and soil moisture can predict afternoon rainfall" was recently published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal.  Many of us who use GLOBE protocols have wondered if we could use our data to help us answer some of the most challenging questions related to weather. This study might give some great ideas to students, teachers, and citizen scientists around the world to see if they can find similar results.  This article explains that the effect that water vapor has on weather...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Technology STEM Education Research Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) GLOBE Learning Expeditions Competitions Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Meetings/Conferences Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair IOPs Regions SCRC Research Competitions Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Teachers Trainers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) Mission Earth Report International Virtual Science Symposium Report Mission Mosquito Report Standard Research Report Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Protocol Specific Documents Investigation Area Documents

Did you know that you can compare your GLOBE tree height data to that of the ICESat-2 satellite? You can compare any GLOBE tree height data to ICESat-2 tree height data using the Open Altimetry online tool at http://openaltimetry.org. This online tool is set up to be very user-friendly, but does require a bit of exploration to use it properly. Below are two tutorials to help you understand how the Open Altimetry tool works and to help you get more comfortable looking at your data and comparing it to the ICESat-2 data for tree height. NSIDC Open Altimetry Tutorial for Trees Around the...


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Two European satellites have spotted a catastrophic oil spill in the Arctic Circle. About 20,000 tons of diesel oil has leaked into a river in the Arctic Circle after a fuel tank at a power plant near the Siberian city of Norilsk collapsed last Friday (May 29). The Russian Investigative Committee has launched an investigation into the incident, as the plant reportedly waited for two days before informing Moscow authorities about the spill, according to the BBC. As you can see in the animation above, the oil (depicted in red) traveled down the Ambarnaya River on...


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The GLOBE Weekly Watercoolers have been well-attended. We've discussed alot of different ideas of how GLOBE can help in remote learning, if that will be part of our fall reality. Links, news and other big happenings: The May Watercooler topic around re-tooling GLOBE during COVID-19 led to the co-creation of a couple Padlets. May 8, 2020 Watercooler Padlet (https://padlet.com/usglobecc/MayWatercooler) and May 15, 2020 Watercooler Padlet (https://padlet.com/usglobecc/dbl0871blat60mav). There is a wonderful NASA Citizen Science Community Workshop Series happening and you can still sign up...


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As you know, we are all in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time we all need to take precautions, stay safe, maintain social distancing, and make sure our health is a number 1 priority.  With that said, the science doesn't stop, satellites continue to orbit and explore, the Earth continues to turn, and learners of all ages continue to explore. Our friends at the GLOBE European Phenology Campaign have created a great page, entitled "My tree grows under Covid-19 restrictions" that focuses on greenings and trees in a COVID-19 time and how everyone can continue to...


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Writing this blog does not mark a complete severance of my link with GLOBE Nigeria and GLOBE Africa as a whole, a country, and a continent, I espoused and loved right from my primary school about 25 years ago. As observed by many Nigerians, I am qualified to be described as a passionate GLOBE Man. These successes can be traced back to the travel grant that I received in 2013 from the National Science Foundation through The University of Toledo, Ohio to attend the 18th GLOBE Annual Partners Meeting in Maryland. Since then, GLOBE has impacted my life tremendously and improved my...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Event Topics: Workshops Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Scientist Skills GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Primary Audience: Scientists

Greetings, On April 22, 2020, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and the 25th anniversary of GLOBE and me as a GLOBE Teacher, I introduced the GLOBE Satellites and Education Team (G-SET). For me, and from the beginning of GLOBE in 1995, one of the best opportunities for GLOBE was to introduce and integrate the use of satellite imagery and remotes sensing to the K12 community. In a small way it did through in its early years providing a LandSat image/dataset of each schools area. For the many new GLOBE teachers being trained, it was their first experience with image interpretation/analysis....


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GLOBE Mission EARTH has posted videos in the NSF funded STEM for All video showcase. The NASA funded project I lead that fuses GLOBE projects with NASA assets put a couple videos in. Our video highlights students who chose STEM careers. Please take some time this week, May 5-12, 2020, to watch the videos. Please make a comment or vote for your favorite video.  Here is our project: GLOBE Mission EARTH: Inspiring tomorrow’s STEM Professionals https://videohall.com/p/1762 (U. of Toledo) Here are some related and GLOBE related videos.  Students connect through science...


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This month we spent alot of time working through how to offer students who would have participated in the Student Research Symposia another option to share their work. We got it figured out and then the upload tool for reports had to be shut down! That was exciting! Thanks to the Community Support Team, we were able to accept the reports and get them up. Although not in the place they usually would be. Some other notables: The U.S. Office sent an email to each GLOBE Partnership asking them to update their Partnership page, including the Contacts and Membership lists, and I met with leaders...


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Una de las investigaciones ganadoras a nivel institucional fue la realizada por un grupo de estudiantes del 3° de secundaria. Ellas compararon el tiempo atmosférico de Lince, distrito donde se ubica la institución educativa, con Bellavista, Callao, distrito donde vive una de las estudiantes.                    Las conclusiones a las que llegaron luego de su indagación fueron:  a.- La temperatura en Lince es variable; mientras que, en Bellavista baja demasiado por estar cerca al mar. b.- La humedad en Bellavista se mantiene...


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Al año siguiente, 2019, los estudiantes realizaron el estudio del tiempo en la localidad y para ello se utilizó la caseta meteorológica instalada en nuestra Institución Educativa. En este caso, cada sección registró los datos de temperatura y humedad con el termómetro  de alcohol y el termohigrómetro. Los estudiantes determinaron a partir del medio día solar que la hora óptima para realizar las mediciones era entre las 10:30 a.m. y las 2:00 p.m. Para registra los datos los estudiantes elaboraron un cuadro de doble entrada colocado en cada aula. Luego los datos eran consignados en la...


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The EPA is celebrating Air Quality Week (May 4-8) and the GLOBE Clouds team would like to ask everyone again for your photographs of dust events! We got a chance to chat with Anne Semrau, a biology teacher at New Mexico State University, who sent in some amazing photographs of a dust event. Question: Where are you from? Where do you live now? Answer: I am mostly from Texas (different parts: Dallas, Houston, Austin, rural northeast Texas) but I have lived in several other places (Navajo Nation, California, Montana, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Missouri, Washington DC).   ...


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Nuestro proyecto "Conociendo hábitats y larvas de mosquitos" fue presentado en la Feria de Ciencias que cada año se realiza a nivel nacional. Nuestros estudiantes participaron en la etapa a nivel de RED.                


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Los resultados obtenidos fueron presentados a través de un proyecto en la Feria Virtual Internacional GO Mosquito en donde nuestra Institución Educativa quedó en 3er  lugar a nivel nacional.                         Con ayuda de los premios recibidos se pudo concretar un segundo desafío de contribuir con información científica de nuevos hallazgos de criaderos potenciales de mosquitos. En esta segunda oportunidad se unieron más estudiantes de otras secciones.                  ...


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