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  It turns out that we are most likely entering another mild La Niña winter across the globe. This article, “La Nina Makes a Quiet Return”, describes how scientists are able to use data on sea surface temperatures from were made by altimeters on the Jason-2 and Jason-3 satellites, and show averaged sea surface height anomalies. Climatologists are predicting that this La Niña should last through the 2017-2018 winter period in the northern hemisphere, and then should change back to neutral conditions by late spring. Be sure to become a member of the ENSO...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Technology Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Field Campaigns: El Niño GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Climate Change Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: SCRC Research Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students

Too much water can have devastating consequences when it falls too quickly on Earth's surface. On January 9th, the "Water in Our Environment" webinar will spotlight the experiences of our GLOBE community in Asia and the Pacific.  Earlier this week in the Philippines, tropical cyclone Kai-Tak wrecked havoc on this region as it caused extreme flooding and landslides. On December 4th and 5th, tropical cyclone Ockhi was the strongest cyclone to develop in the Arabian Sea since 2015, and it brought intense rainfall to the western part of India. A recent CNN report stated that the rate of...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Field Campaigns: Watersheds El Niño SMAP GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science 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: Calendar Training Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

The GLOBE Clouds team loves coming up with ways to help students and teachers identify clouds. I've been blessed to visit a number of 4th grade full inclusion classrooms and want to share my quick cloud ID and data collection activity outline! Anchor question: Do all clouds look the same, even from space? Goal: Students identify, collect and submit cloud observations by using their own notes and clues for each possible cloud type. Objectives: Students will, (A) Recognize that clouds are part of the water cycle. (B) Investigate cloud types by their appearances...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Teacher's Guide: Grade Level » Upper Primary: 3-5 Protocol Specific Documents » Resources

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a hearing entitled "Gravity Never Sleeps: Landslide Risk Across the Country"at the Rayburn House Office Building that was intended to inform our lawmakers and government officials about the impacts of landslides in many parts of the United States. As the topic is related to our guiding investigative question for the ENSO Student Research Campaign- "What impacts does water, above and below ground, have on our environment?", I thought I would share some of the things that I learned. Jonathan Godt, the Landslide Hazard Programs Coordinator for the...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: El Niño GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group 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 Regions Training Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students

By Olawale Oluwafemi (Femi), (Nigerian Space Agency) and DeStaerke Danielle (CNES) The primary objective of every research project is not only about what you discover but also how do you communicate your discoveries to the interested audience. Delivering either a poster or oral presentation at a scientific meeting is not an easy task, but my passionate friend Danielle and I will present tips that will assist GLOBE Students and Teachers to deliver good scientific presentations.  Plate 1: Femi delivering poster presentation during GLOBE Annual Meeting at Estes Park, Colorado. ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Event Topics: GLOBE Learning Expeditions Science Symposia and Fairs Competitions GLOBE Science Topics: Meetings/Conferences GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Education Working Group News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Meetings Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Scientists

Learning science involves learning important concepts, conducting experiments to see first-hand how researchers discovered and confirmed some elements of science concepts, and learning how to think scientifically. With this complete approach to learning science, students are well-prepared to deal with the natural world around them and to make wise decisions when confronted with various choices. The ability to think scientifically is a valuable skill in almost all aspects of life and doing science teaches scientific habits of mind. Students can do science through research projects beginning...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills General Science Backyard Science GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Competitions Primary Audience: Teachers Students Partners Country Coordinators

Gathering data Once you have determined what protocols to use for your project, you will need to develop a plan for gathering the data. It might consist of using automated data collection or making your own measurements. Also, it may include finding data taken by others, such as when you compare your observations with those of another GLOBE school. Automated Data Collection If you are using an automated data collection device or devices, verify that the data are being recorded properly before your official testing timeframe. You will want to monitor that the data are being collected and...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills Meetings/Conferences GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Education Working Group News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Grade Level » Secondary: 9-12 Grade Level » Middle: 6-8

Sometimes, actually most of the time, I forget to be grateful for the fact that I have easy access to clean freshwater. When Thanksgiving rolls around each year, I try to step back and consider the many things I have to be thankful for. Day after day I work with the amazing science team behind the Global Precipitation Measurement mission, and I never cease to be completely amazed at how technology has enabled us to monitor our home planet.  During our last ENSO Phase III webinar, we learned about water quality in Europe from several GLOBE scientists, teachers, and students from many...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Field Campaigns: El Niño Watersheds GLOBE Science Topics: Earth as a System Scientist Skills Earth System Science Climate Change Data Included Climate GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Primary Audience: Teachers Students Scientists

Prepare your Research Plan Prof. Constantinos Cartalis (University of Athens) ___________________________________________________________________________ The selection of the research strategy for the formulation of your research plan is probably the most important decision to be made. The choice of the strategy, whether analytical, experimental, descriptive or a combination of these, depends on several inter-correlated parameters and preconditions. Broadly speaking a research plan has four main points: explanation of proposed research (what will be done) novelty and/or importance of...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills Meetings/Conferences GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Education Working Group News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Grade Level » Secondary: 9-12 Grade Level » Middle: 6-8 Grade Level

By Claudia Caro  and Erika Podest  Curiosity is a natural characteristic of all people, especially the young. It is the first step for a child to build knowledge, and I am sure we can all remember as children asking what?, why?, where?, and numerous other questions as we tried to learn new things. Unfortunately, as children grow up, this natural curiosity slowly fades. Why is this? We don’t exactly know, but it might be that as children grow older they think they know all the answers or because most school systems are structured to teach by providing answers rather than...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills Meetings/Conferences GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Education Working Group News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Grade Level » Secondary: 9-12 Grade Level » Middle: 6-8

Authors: Claudia Caro and Olawale Oluwafemi (Femi) Our participation in the International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS) as judges has allowed us  to learn more about  the scientific experiences of students involved in the GLOBE Program. As members of the GLOBE Science Working Group with backgrounds in Geography and Biology, we would like to share our findings about the importance of the IVSS in the GLOBE community and give you some advice to empower your participation in this extraordinary yearly event. Why an International Virtual Science Symposium? Knowledge about the...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Education Working Group Primary Audience: Teachers Students Country Coordinators Teacher's Guide: Grade Level » Secondary: 9-12 Grade Level » Middle: 6-8 Grade Level

When you start writing your GLOBE report for IVSS, it might be difficult because you might not sure where to start. We tend to start writing the Methods section first because it is something you did it yourselves and it should be relatively easy and straight forward to write. Second, you should write the Results section, do graphs, tables and texts (think of a best way to present your cool data to the whole world). Third, you should start writing the Introduction stating your hypotheses and predictions. The next step would be the Discussion section. It is funny to say but as scientists, we...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Meetings Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills Meetings/Conferences GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Education Working Group News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Grade Level » Secondary: 9-12 Grade Level » Middle: 6-8

Currently, Science education has transitioned away from textbooks to more hands on learning. This is an amazing opportunity for teachers to move away from the normal lecturing and explaining in class to reshaping the process of learning. I think that the GLOBE Program is a fantastic organization and empowered program that promises to give an essential change in education.  One example is teaching and learning from directs activities in the field. An excellent activity is to share data from school to school through collaboration.  Students can share what  they are...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Event Topics: Other Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Earth as a System Earth System Science GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Alumni Country Coordinators

Over the past few years I have been asked how to run a successful international collaboration from school to school. After much thought and reflection I have decided to blog about my experiences and the knowledge I have gained. As an experienced teacher who has had success with multiple International Collaborations, I would advise you and your GLOBE students to start by getting involved in an existing GLOBE campaign online, rather than trying to start a project of your own. This is a great way to get your feet wet before you dive in. Participating in other campaign projects is a fantastic...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Event Topics: GLOBE Learning Expeditions Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: SMAP GPM GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Technology Working Group Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Primary Audience: Teachers Students Alumni Country Coordinators

Many of us are so used to having clean freshwater that is easily accessible that we don't often stop to marvel at the fact that we are incredibly fortunate. The majority of our freshwater comes from our water cycle, and precipitation is unevenly distributed across the globe. You can learn more about the importance of clean freshwater resources in this "one-pager" entitled "Precious Freshness".   During our ENSO Phase III Webinar #3, we will be focusing on water quality in Europe and Eurasia. We will host this webinar at 18:30 UCT, and hope we will have many of you from around...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Language Culture and Arts STEM Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds El Niño GLOBE Science Topics: General Science Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Hydrosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Hydrology News Topics: Virtual Science Fair SCRC Research Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students

What are the impacts of extreme events, like Hurricane Harvey, on the water quality? This article from the Smithsonian magazine describes multiple ways in which public health officials are responding to several threats facing residents of Houston and surrounding locations. These threats include the impact of mold, the potential of an increase in vector-borne diseases such as Zika and West Nile virus, and the problems of contaminants left behind in the public water supply.  Have you experienced severe flooding in your region that resulted in problems with water quality?   


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: El Niño Watersheds GLOBE Science Topics: Earth as a System Climate Change Backyard Science Climate Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere News Topics: SCRC Research

One way to teach students about water quality and/or how scientists go about their work is to share articles with them. Here is a great article entitled "Study Maps Hidden Water Pollution in U.S. Coastal Areas". This research shows a great example of the use of both NASA satellite data and ground-based data. In this study, the researchers used U.S. topographic data as well as NASA climate models to "identify key inland regions that contribute groundwater and contaminants to the coast. They examined rainfall, evaporation rates and the amount of known surface runoff to...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: El Niño GLOBE Science Topics: Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills Climate Change Data Included Climate Investigation Areas: Earth As a System Hydrosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Hydrology

The UCAR Center for Science Education (UCAR SciEd) and BSCS are developing GLOBE Weather, an innovative, NGSS-based middle school science unit that combines activities, data analysis, and scientific protocols from the GLOBE Program. This project is funded by NASA and in coordination with the GLOBE Implementation Office. The final curriculum unit will be available (and free!) in 2019. In the 5-week GLOBE Weather curriculum, students will engage with weather data to make sense of interesting real-world phenomena through the BSCS 5E instructional approach. The curriculum...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Meetings/Conferences Earth System Science Primary Audience: Teachers Teacher's Guide: Standards Requirement » NGSS Grade Level » Middle: 6-8

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 while...


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 Edwards. They...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Event Topics: GLOBE Learning Expeditions GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Primary Audience: Teachers Students Alumni