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Written By Allyson Edwards Hawkins High School, Hawkins Texas When signing up for the GLOBE science club at my school, little did I realize the impact that it would have on my life. Our original team, comprised of just three eighth grade girls would one day develop into an international collaboration among students in three different countries. It wasn’t always easy but it my entire worldview was changed by being apart of GLOBE.              For our story, it began with us meeting face to face at a science conference ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM   Event Topics: GLOBE LEARNING EXPEDITIONS   GLOBE Working Groups: EDUCATION WORKING GROUP   Primary Audience: TEACHERS STUDENTS ALUMNI


Written by Pegi Pavletić, Croatian GLOBE Alumni   Four years ago, as a Croatian GLOBE team of Medical high school in Rijeka, Megi Pavletić, Dina Bolkovac, our professor Tatjana Holjević and I, Pegi Pavletić visited 2nd Student research exhibition in Maryland, USA. That was an exciting opportunity for us as students in medical branch of studies, to experience ecological experimental work and gain further knowledge. That is where we stepped into contact with Hawkins school in Texas and their GLOBE team: Madison Jaco, Hope Hughes, Allyson Edwards and their mentor Audra Kay ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM   Event Topics: GLOBE LEARNING EXPEDITIONS   GLOBE Working Groups: EDUCATION WORKING GROUP   Primary Audience: TEACHERS STUDENTS ALUMNI


Written By Vaibhav    Chakraborty New Delhi, India It’s been almost 5 years since I first met these lovely people from Hawkins, Texas at GLOBE conference in New Delhi. At that point if someone would’ve asked me whether it’s a long run friendship or just a temporary meeting, but soon it turned out to be one of the best thing to have happened to me. While working on water and soil protocol as a part of GLOBE project, our respective schools scheduled Skype sessions so that we could exchange our data and be able to measure the differences between our data and draw a ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM   Event Topics: GLOBE LEARNING EXPEDITIONS COMPETITIONS   GLOBE Working Groups: TECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP SCIENCE WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP EVALUATION WORKING GROUP   Primary Audience: ALUMNI


Written by Madison Jaco, GLOBE Alumni Hawkins Texas   I have just finished up my first year at the greatest university in the world, Texas A&M (Gig ‘Em!), with the goal of earning my Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a focus on Politics and Diplomacy and a French minor.  Any time I tell people that, they are shocked.  “How did you ever get into that coming from such a small town in East Texas?”  I usually answer this with a follow up question.  “Ever heard of the GLOBE Program?” Then I go into my spiel.  I tell people all ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM   Event Topics: GLOBE LEARNING EXPEDITIONS   GLOBE Science Topics: MEETINGS/CONFERENCES   GLOBE Working Groups: EDUCATION WORKING GROUP   News Topics: COMPETITIONS


" There is an increasing chance (~55-60%) of La Niña during the Northern Hemisphere fall and winter 2017-18." says the NOAA Climate Prediction Center. " Over the last month, equatorial sea surface temperatures (SSTs) were near-to-below average across the central and eastern Pacific Ocean (Figure 1). ENSO-neutral conditions were apparent in the weekly fluctuation of Niño-3.4 SST index values between -0.1°C and -0.6°C (Figure 2).    


Posted in: Field Campaigns: EL NIÑO


Croatian GLOBE community has been organizing Science Fairs for the past 18 years, with the goal to encourage and promote students' research projects. Each year the judges select 30 - 40 school projects for the presentation at the GLOBE fair and for publishing on Croatian GLOBE website http://globe.pomsk.hr/smotra2017/zadar_17_projekti.htm . Among the projects at the fair, there are always several joint school projects. Usually, collaborating schools are from the same region, which gives them the opportunity to meet face to face and organize joint fieldwork or working sessions. ...


Posted in: GLOBE Working Groups: EDUCATION WORKING GROUP


This week's blog is written by Bonnie Banyas , a teacher at Memorial School in Newton, NH . The New Hampshire Education and Environment Team (NHEET) , funded through a state Math Science Partnership grant , was able to support the purchase and installation of a weather shelter at Memorial School (and the other participating schools) and the associated supplies for collecting environmental data. These materials were used to implement field investigation units in several grade levels, centered around the theme for 2016-2017, " Atmosphere, Weather and Climate ." Bonnie generously ...


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I do hope that we "see" many of you in our first webinar of Phase III of the ENSO Student Research Campaign as we transition to a focus on collaborating and learning more about water in our environment. Tomorrow evening, Oct. 3rd at 8 pm (ET), we will hear from NASA scientist, John Bolten about the many ways in which NASA studies Earth's water. You might be surprised to know that the NASA Applied Sciences Program has an entire program which focuses on water resources. The Water Resources group organized its projects under five themes: drought, floods, irrigation/evapotranspiration, ...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: EL NIÑO


The journal Scientific American just published a blog about GLOBE. The post, titled " The GLOBE Program: Making the Case for K–12 Citizen Scientists " discusses several aspects of GLOBE, including our contributions and campaigns. As well, it helps explain our mission of providing the resources for students across the world to become citizen scientists. "Contributing to global datasets not only gives students a chance to collect data that scientists can actually use, but allows them to compare their experiences and findings with other students around the world." To read more ...


Posted in: Event Topics: CAMPAIGNS AND PROJECTS (IOPS, ETC) OTHER   Field Campaigns: EL NIÑO SURFACE TEMPERATURE   GLOBE Science Topics: SCIENTIST SKILLS GLOBE PROTOCOLS BACKYARD SCIENCE   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS


Just How ‘Cool’ Was The Eclipse? Temperature Data From NASA Langley Anyone who witnessed the total solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017 would agree--it was an awe-inspiring event. The Sun was blotted out by the Moon, a 360° sunset glowed from every direction. Nocturnal animals like crickets began their night-time activities while people went quiet to watch the stars come out in the middle of the day. Even for those not in the path of totality, the extra-sharp shadows cast by the partially eclipsed Sun and the crescent-shaped lights cast through pinhole projectors, interlaced fingers, ...


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It is pretty neat when you can get two for the price of one- as most teachers can attest to with regard to trying to get everything into their curriculum. Did you know that this year, the FIRST LEGO League's challenge is focused on water. And what could be better, as that water is also the theme of this year's ENSO Student Research Campaign !  The LEGO Challenge Project states: "People use water every day, but they don’t think much about how and why they use water. Whether it’s directly (drinking or washing) or indirectly (manufacturing the products they use or producing food ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM SCIENCE AND MATH   Event Topics: CAMPAIGNS AND PROJECTS (IOPS, ETC) SCIENCE SYMPOSIA AND FAIRS COMPETITIONS   Field Campaigns: EL NIÑO WATERSHEDS GPM   GLOBE Science Topics: EARTH AS A SYSTEM EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE GLOBE PROTOCOLS CLIMATE CHANGE CLIMATE   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE   Learning Activities: EARTH AS A SYSTEM ATMOSPHERE AND CLIMATE   News Topics: COMPETITIONS   Primary Audience: TEACHERS STUDENTS


Observations of daily precipitation have been a part of GLOBE from the beginning. At the start, GLOBE’s participation model was that schools would take measurement following all of the original 17 protocols. Atmosphere temperature, precipitation, cloud, and soil moisture measurements were to be collected daily at a site easily accessible to the school. A permanent installation of an instrument shelter containing a max/min thermometer mounted to a post along with a rain gauge was the expected norm with other measurements taken nearby. Daily temperature and precipitation measurements were ...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: EL NIÑO GPM   GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE PROTOCOLS   GLOBE Working Groups: SCIENCE WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS PARTNERS COUNTRY COORDINATORS   Teacher's Guide: DOCUMENT TYPES


In the Sultanate Of Oman, two GOLBE schools from Al Buraimi Governorate collaborated to implement an environmental study. Both schools are in Al Buraimi state and the distance between them is small which helped the GLOBE students to design and implement their study collaboratively. One of the two schools is a female school (Hafsa bint Sirin School) while the other is a male (Al Khawarizmi School). The GLOBE students discussed some parents’ complaints about the unpleasant smell and taste of tankers' drinking water which made the most of Al Buraimi people to stop using the tankers’ water ...


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EQUIPO HIDROLOGÍA 2017 El equipo GLOBE de Huánuco - Perú, quienes realizan mediciones en el protocolo Hidrología en el sitio de estudio seleccionado cerca a su la ciudad, dicho río es el río Huallaga.   Nuestra zona de delimitación de sitio de estudio, basado en el protocolo establecido -  50 metros.                                                            


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From the start, the measurement of daily maximum and minimum air temperature within one hour of local solar noon has been a key GLOBE protocol. The low cost approach was to use a U-tube thermometer housed in a wooden instrument shelter facing away from the equator. The U-shaped tube contained mercury with pins on either side of the mercury. As the air temperature warmed the pin on one side would move while the other pin stayed in place; when the air cooled, the pin on the other side would be pushed up. The pins were held in place by magnetized strips behind the thermometer tube so that ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM TECHNOLOGY   GLOBE Science Topics: EARTH AS A SYSTEM EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE GLOBE PROTOCOLS CLIMATE CHANGE CLIMATE   GLOBE Working Groups: SCIENCE WORKING GROUP   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE   Primary Audience: TEACHERS TRAINERS STUDENTS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS


Quaking aspens can grow in a wide range of environmental conditions. They can tolerate a wide variety of variations in climate and environmental conditions including slope, moisture, surrounding vegetation, and soil ( https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/beauty/aspen/ecology.shtml ). I found this information with a simple web search. But, before there was access to infinite articles, websites, and papers all a click away, scientists had to figure out growth trends using data. So, before I decided to do a web search about the environmental conditions of aspen habitats (my memorized aspen ...


Posted in: Event Topics: SCIENCE SYMPOSIA AND FAIRS   GLOBE Science Topics: SCIENTIST SKILLS   Investigation Areas: EARTH AS A SYSTEM HYDROSPHERE PEDOSPHERE (SOIL) ATMOSPHERE BIOSPHERE   News Topics: VIRTUAL SCIENCE FAIR   Primary Audience: TEACHERS STUDENTS


I recently had the pleasure of meeting a GLOBE student named Aspen. I was excited because my favorite type of tree is Aspen (Quaking Aspen to be more specific, Populus tremuloides to be even more specific), and I was able to tell her some of the fun facts about her namesake. My favorite thing about aspens is their bark. The white powder on it can act as sunscreen. It’s only about an SPF of 5 but it’s still pretty cool. The bark also contains chloroplasts which means it can photosynthesize, making it one of the few deciduous trees that do not solely rely on leaves for ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: BIOSPHERE   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS


We are pleased to share with the whole GLOBE Community; an activity carried out by the students of 5th Year of Provincial School Nº 23 A.R.A. General Belgrano de Maquinista Savio, Escobar, Province of Buenos Aires, accompanied by their teachers to celebrate the  Environment day. Previously selected the site by teachers, on Friday, June 2, 2017, every student on his bike launched the adventure. Teachers organised different students groups, and each group was identified with the name of Antarctic birds and left the school on their bikes to challenge the prepared ...


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       Compartimos con toda la Comunidad de GLOBE Argentina, una actividad que llevaron a cabo los alumnos de 5º Año de la Escuela Provincial Nº 23 A.R.A. General Belgrano de Maquinista Savio, Escobar, Prov. de Buenos Aires, acompañados por sus docentes para celebrar el Día del Medio Ambiente.  Seleccionado el sitio por las docentes, el viernes 2 de junio de 2017, cada alumno en su bicicleta se lanzó a la aventura. Los alumnos se organizaron en grupos y  cada uno de los grupos  se identificaron con  el nombre de aves antárticas y ...


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Congratulations to the GLOBE community - the GLOBE Observer app now has over 50,000 registered users!   That of course has an impact on the GLOBE system...We're getting ready for the eclipse right now - we have a few things to do to support everyone.  We're expecting on the order of 50-100 data measurements per second, which could result in 4 million cloud files during the eclipse and a TB of storage.  We'll be adding about 40 servers for just a few days to handle the load, and then ramp back down to our "normal" mode of operations.  We're running through lots of ...


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