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 efforts that require outdoor activity are suspended. You will be informed here when restrictions are lifted.
GLOBE Measurement Campaigns and Intensive Observation Periods (IOPs) (link)
Water Bodies IOP SUSPENDED
Zika Education and Prevention Project SUSPENDED
Trees around the GLOBE Campaign SUSPENDED
Mission Mosquito SUSPENDED
While the Trees Around the GLOBE and GLOBE Mission Mosquito 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 join these upcoming webinars:
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC; 8:00pm CEST): New Jersey Pinelands: The Nation's First National Preservation Area. Mr. John Moore, Executive Director at the Institute for Earth Observations at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park, will discuss how the Pinelands National Reserve is listed as the first National Reserve in the nation.
25th Anniversary GLOBE Annual Meeting (link)
Registration for the GLOBE Annual Meeting in Washington DC July 12-16 has been suspended. The meeting itself is under discussion with NSF sponsors. More information to come.
Earth Day at GLOBE (link)
Earth Day 2020 marks the 25th Anniversary of the GLOBE Program.
Earth Day observations will be digital this year. Visit the GLOBE website (link) on Earth Day, 22 April 2020, to view a video slide show of historic images sent in by the GLOBE regions at the request of the GIO. You will also find announcements of new developments.
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.
Don't Miss This! Excellent 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)
Just Released: NASA at HOME (link)
New! NASA wants 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. There will also be ongoing opportunities to chat and interact with scientists directly.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KETK) by Sue Necessary– Posted: Mar 28, 2020 / 03:16 PM CDT
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.
At-Home Resources from NOAA (link)
NOAA’s most popular educational resources to help you safely hunker down while learning about the ocean and atmosphere
National Science Foundation (link)
NSF STEM-related activities perfect for at home learning