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Update from the Evaluation Working Group from Dr. Eleanor Jaffee (North American Representative): At our January 2023 meeting: We welcomed our new LAC member, Marta Kingsland. She is the Country Coordinator for Argentina and was previously the Chair of the Education Working Group, among other roles in her extensive experience working with GLOBE. We also had the opportunity to meet the GIO’s new Community Engagement Coordinator, Karl C. Clarke. Tony Murphy joined us to discuss updating our Terms of Reference. The terms are 10 years old now, and with a comprehensive evaluation ...


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A video of me talking about the IOP is here: https://youtu.be/gAwHjoCJNe0 The GLOBE October Intensive Observation Period (IOP) for urban heat island had great data collecting from around the world. Data was collected by students at over 70 schools and 1471 observations of surface temperatures wee taken. A list of all of the schools is listed below. Here is a map and a picture from Earth Heart Farms near Oak Harbor, OH. Students took field trips to the farm and learned about conservation efforts. The took urban heat island observations.    You will see in the ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM   Field Campaigns: SURFACE TEMPERATURE


On Monday 14 October 2022, our team changed hats from the U.S. Coordination Office ones and put on our NH GLOBE Partnership beanies to spend the afternoon collecting macroinvertebrates and water quality data at the Cocheco River/Hanson Pines site with 4th and 5th graders from Maple Street Magnet School in Rochester, NH. We had so much fun - and our colleague from the University of New Hampshire, a water scientist, and our colleague from the USDA Forest Service came along too! And something really special happened in a crosscutting way...the art teacher was in the field with us helping ...


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I have alot of text and hyperlinks today so I won't say much more than it is full-speed ahead on planning for NARM, supporting 4 in-person NARM professional learning workshops, AND starting to dig into the logistics of in-person Regional Student Research Symposia for spring 2023! Fall is fun! The U.S. had a bunch of news stories published in September:​​​​​​​ Meet a New Southeast Region Partnership—The Museum of Arts and Sciences GLOBE Youth Geoscientist (GYG) Summer Internship Completes Year 2 Meet Berks Nature – The Nature Place Summer Opportunities for ...


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​​​​The North American Regional Meeting (NARM) scheduled for 2-4 November 2022, is top on the U.S. Coordination Office minds, and all the planning that goes into this kind of virtual event! This year, we are also trying something new and there will be 4 professional learning sessions (open to Partners and teachers) on 7-8 November, scattered across the country. See last week's blog for the flier link but also, stay tuned to this space and find out when registration is open! Speaking of NARM, GLOBE Exchange is an opportunity to create a 2-minute video to introduce your GLOBE ...


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We have posted a very requested Watercooler that happened on September 8th, “ Telling Your Tree Stories !” An eNewsletter just went out and if you follow the link to the Recent Issue , you can subscribe yourself. These are pretty irregular and usually focus around something very timely such as SRS announcements, opportunities for students and teachers, and new GLOBE resources. Haley from our office attended a workshop on data literacy and thought this site and the presenter sharing it were really amazing - it has completely different ways to visualize data : ...


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Hello! My name is Margaret Gregory. I am a science writer for the USDA Forest Service. I found my way into the Forest Service through the Resource Assistant Program ; before that, I taught physical science and chemistry at a public high school for three years. Even though I taught the physical sciences, my heart lies in the biological sciences—I minored in biology in my undergrad program. Photosynthesis forms the cornerstone of biology; if plants couldn’t create energy from sunlight, our world wouldn’t exist.          ​​​​​​​This lesson plan ...


Posted in: Curriculum: SCIENCE AND MATH STEM   GLOBE Science Topics: GENERAL SCIENCE GLOBE PROTOCOLS SCIENTIST SKILLS   Investigation Areas: BIOSPHERE   Learning Activities: LAND COVER/BIOLOGY P4: A BEGINNING LOOK AT PHOTOSYNTHESIS   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS


Happy Fall GLOBE community! The leaves are starting to change color here in New Hampshire and the U.S. Coordination Office has compiled all the GLOBE resources you need to study green-down ! Let us know if we forgot anything! Evaluation Working Group Monthly Meeting Summary (NA Representative, Dr. Eleanor Jaffee): The GIO is currently working with an external evaluation team on a comprehensive evaluation plan for GLOBE. As the members of the Evaluation Working Group are more connected with the GLOBE community in our work, we will have an opportunity to review the ...


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I'm back! Good things coming up this fall but I will hold off on some of them because we like to keep these weekly posts efficient! The 2021 Yearbook is published ! GLOBE Partners and teachers are doing AMAZING things! Really nice blog post from AGU on critical thinking skills: https://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2021/02/09/science-illiteracy-and-poor-critical-thinking-skills-really-can-be-deadly/   Watercoolers started yesterday and you can register for them in advance here . Next week, 8 September at 4:10pm ET/1:10pm PT, is about " Telling Our Tree ...


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About the Author: Veshell Lewis, PhD is a Biology Teacher at Dacula High School and Adjunct Biology Instructor at Georgia State University. She has worked with students using GLOBE Program protocols since 2013. Secondary teachers can use the scientific article and scientist designed diagram as facilitation tools for discussing important global carbon cycle concepts.                       1)    Start by reading the Natural Inquirer Science Journal article Balancing Act: Urban Trees and the Carbon ...


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Hoping to see you at the  GLOBE Annual Meeting  next week! Loving the session choices and our team has divided up so we can cover them all.   The U.S. Partner session is on Monday afternoon from 3-5pm ET/1-3pm PT (we will end earlier than that, promise!). Our team will share NARM, SRS, and Yearbook news, we will hear from GPO, and announce two RFPs. We will breakout with a couple Jamboard sessions (you know we have fun at those) and end with a Waterfall Chat. A Waterfall Chat might be my new favorite Zoom technique, well, maybe second favorite - I’ll use another one during ...


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Happy Friday! ​​​​​​​Were you wondering about the lack of posts the last few weeks? I was spending some time in the Adirondacks (NY) with my family the week before July 4th and last week I was in Estes Park, CO with the GLOBE and Earth Systems Science Collaboratives . I encourage you to check out their pages for more information about the 7 groups of GLOBE Partnerships and their regional and cross-regional partners. They are doing great work and the discussions were lively around how they could better work together to reach a broader audience of youth, educators and families, leveraging ...


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We’ve been posting alot of news stories lately and making them more interesting with pictures. Alicia discovered that when she was adding alt text to the images, it was changing them all to the same alt text. This isn’t a great thing to have happen and we reported it to GLOBE . In the meantime, Haley found a workaround to the problem so take a look at this short video if you are planning on posting a story with pictures and alt text in the near future.​​​​​​​ Speaking of news stories, here are some for the 2022 SRS: 2022 U.S. GLOBE Student Research Symposia ...


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              Big news from Zoom – there is a Beta Avatar setting you can test out. As you can see, the   GLOBE U.S. Coordination Office did during our weekly meeting.         One more Watercooler to close out the academic year next week June 23rd at 4:10pm ET/1:10pm PT – we are celebrating 50 years of Earth Observations. Come join us! Register here: https://unh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlc-GvqDgtGdab5mNzRurPAJY4sv5p7VIF   Female scientists studying air quality and climate change – cash awards available ! ...


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GLOBE Partners, watch for the Regional Newsletters coming to your Inbox soon. They will have a highlight of the SRS that happened in your region. If you don't get the newsletters or want to know more about U.S. GLOBE activities, visit our Stay Current page to follow, sign-up and see all the ways we communicate with the community. New Natural Inquirer GLOBE Crosswalk blog published using the Earth Systems Elementary GLOBE book. Written by Alicia Carlson, our Outreach Lead. Partners working with pre-service teachers and providing summer professional learning, please ...


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​​​​Teachers of Kindergarten to Grade 2 can use stories and observations of nature outside your door to help students understand how the systems of Earth (atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and pedosphere) are connected. Start by reading the Elementary GLOBE story “ All About Earth: Our World on Stage ” to get an overview of some of the connections between the components of the Earth. The story follows a classroom of students as they prepare a play to learn how Earth’s processes are interconnected and how living creatures interact with those processes. [One 30- to 45-minute class ...


Posted in: Curriculum: SCIENCE AND MATH   GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE GENERAL SCIENCE EARTH AS A SYSTEM EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE SCIENTIST SKILLS   Investigation Areas: EARTH AS A SYSTEM BIOSPHERE   Learning Activities: EARTH AS A SYSTEM EARTH SYSTEM IN A BOTTLE WE'RE ALL CONNECTED: EARTH SYSTEM INTERACTIONS EARTH SYSTEM PLAY   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS


The U.S. Office is wrapping up the 2022 local Student Research Symposia (SRS) . Keep an eye out for stories highlighting these events. Thank you to all the teachers, students and Partners who made these events a success! Alicia Carlson (new hire in our office - YEAH!) is working on a couple of GLOBE and Natural Inquirer crosswalks . If you are a pre-service or current teacher, contact us to find out how you can earn a stipend and create some teacher-friendly ways to use these materials together in the classroom. Yearbook material for the 2021 GLOBE Partner Yearbook is ...


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We've successfully moved the GLOBE environment to it's new hosting location.  Hopefully not much has changed for you - but it all should be working. Tell the helpdesk if you find any issues - thank you!


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At the start of the month, i was invited by SAASTA, a body in South Africa that promotes science in schools to train teachers in 4 districts in 4 days in Mpumalanga. It took me 5hrs of drive from Pretoria to my first venue of training where 40 teachers from different schools welcomed us. Later on we proceeded to two other districts where at least 40 teachers at each venue were introduced to GLOBE, trained in two Atmospheric protocols, how to navigate the website, enter data and shown how to use the GLOBE observer App. The six hour day training empahasised the importance of intergrating ...


Posted in: GLOBE Working Groups: EDUCATION WORKING GROUP   Primary Audience: TRAINERS


The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign is finishing up its third year. During the first three years, the campaign has had great success in building and sustaining active participation from many GLOBE members from across, currently, 58 GLOBE countries. Check out the metrics below. Since the onset of the campaign on September 15, 2018 (coincident with the launch of the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 or ICESat-2 Satellite), there had been a huge uptick in tree height, land cover, and greenings (green up/green down) observations uploaded to the GLOBE Program's ...


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