August 2017 GLOBE News Brief


NASA Invites You to Become a Citizen Scientist during Solar Eclipse in the United States

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NASA invites solar eclipse (21 August) viewers around the country to participate in a nationwide science experiment by collecting cloud and air temperature data and reporting it via their phones. "No matter where you are in North America, whether it's cloudy, clear, or rainy, NASA wants as many people as possible to help with this citizen science project," said Kristen Weaver, deputy coordinator for the project. "We want to inspire a million eclipse viewers to become eclipse scientists." 

It's easy to participate - just download the GLOBE Observer app and register to become a citizen scientist. (After you log in, the app explains how to make eclipse observations.)  



Attending the GLOBE Annual Meeting? This Information is for You!

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For those of you attending the 21st GLOBE Annual Meeting and Student Research Experience in New Haven, Connecticut, USA (30 July-03 August), GLOBE has put together a list of helpful tips to refer to during travel and during the meeting - and important information regarding the protocol training sessions!
Remember -- use #GLOBE21 to follow all of the happenings on social media.  

GLOBE U.S. Partners: Five-Day Intensive Train-the-Trainer Bootcamp will be Held in New Orleans 06-10 November - Application Deadline 15 September 

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A five-day GLOBE Train-the-Trainer (TTT) Bootcamp will be held for U.S. partners in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, from 06-10 November. The focus will be on implementing GLOBE within highly diverse communities or within schools and informal learning programs that serve traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations in STEM disciplines, including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
For more information, click here. To register, click here

46th Annual NAAEE Conference (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 18-21 October) Offers Full-Day GLOBE/Eco-schools Workshop - Register for Conference and Workshop Today!

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The 46th Annual North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA, from 18-21 October 2017.
On 18 October, a full-day workshop "The GLOBE Program and Eco-Schools: Science and Sustainability in School Gardens" will be offered. During this interactive hands-on workshop, participants will learn about GLOBE science, Eco-Schools sustainability, and NASA resources. Participants will conduct GLOBE field investigations through an exploration of a local Eco-School's schoolyard habitat and develop an implementation action plan.
For more information on the NAAEE Conference, the GLOBE/Eco-Schools workshop, and conference fees (which includes an "Early Bird" rate through 31 August), click here!

New GLOBE Community Blog "School-to-School Collaboration" Shares the Importance of Collaborative Endeavors

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Dr. Marta Irene Kingsland, Country Coordinator of Argentina.Did you know that The GLOBE Program provides the opportunity to connect students from all over the world and for them to work collaboratively with another school? A new Community Blog, written by Dr. Marta Irene Kingsland (the Country Coordinator for Argentina, and a member of the GLOBE Education Working Group), explores these types of collaborative endeavors in " School-to-School Collaboration."
To read the blog, click here. To find a project collaborator, click here.

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Share Your GLOBE-related Story with the Community!

Do you have a GLOBE-related story to share? As a vital part of the GLOBE community, you are invited to blog on the GLOBE website. Respectfully voice your opinion, ask questions, share tips and tidbits - and make meaningful connections with members of the community today! Watch a demonstration video
on how to create a blog post - and tell us your GLOBE story today!

Opportunities for Teachers

U.S. opportunities are often highlighted in the News Brief simply because we are more aware of them through our local media; however, if there are opportunities for GLOBE students and/or teachers in your region you would like us to highlight in the coming months, please send the info to: Thank you!

NASA STEM Educator Webinars  

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The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) is presenting a series of webinars open to all educators. All pre-service, K-12, and informal educators, as well as university faculty, are invited to join NASA education specialists to learn about NASA missions, activities, lesson plans, educator guides, and online resources that integrate NASA and STEM into the classroom.

An upcoming webinar, "Exploring Beyond the Planets: NASA and Star Wars - The Connections Are Strong in This One," is geared toward educators in grades K-12. On Wednesday, 23 August (4:00 p.m. ET) the NASA EPDC is providing a one-hour webinar. Are Planets Like Those in "Star Wars: Rogue One" really out there? NASA plans to find out. Participants will explore the exoplanets and search for habitable worlds in this lesson plan focusing on sequencing, comparing, and contrasting.  

Upcoming 2017 GLOBE Teacher Training Workshops 

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  • Maumee, Ohio, USA (Fallen Timbers Battlefield Nature Center): 07 August 2017 through 01 June 2018 (restricted to teachers in the region)
  • Brookings, South Dakota (Larson Nature Center): 07-08 August (open to all teachers)
  • Manchester, New Hampshire, USA (STEM Discovery Center Lab, UNH at Manchester): 07-08 August (open to all teachers)
  • Reading, Pennsylvania, USA (The Nature Place): 11 August (open to all teachers)
  • Manchester, New Hampshire, USA (STEM Discover Lab, UNH at Manchester): 14-15 August (open to all teachers)
  • Albany, Oregon, USA (Linn Benton Community College): 20-21 August (potential restricted attendance)
  • Morehead City, North Carolina, USA (NSCU The Center for Marine Sciences and Technology): 21 August (open to all teachers)
  • Morehead City, North Carolina, USA (NSCU The Center for Marine Sciences and Technology): 02 September (open to all teachers)
  • Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire, USA (Gilmanton School): 20 September (potential restricted attendance)
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (New Orleans Bootcamp): 06-10 November (for U.S. Partners)

No training workshops in your area? Check out GLOBE's protocol eTraining! (In order to enter GLOBE data, GLOBE users must complete the necessary training either by attending a GLOBE workshop or by completing the required online eTraining modules. Once your training is complete, you will be ready to start entering your measurements and will be joining a community of thousands teachers around the world!)

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U.S. GLOBE Community: Join the 2017 Eclipse Community and Receive Free Solar Viewing Glasses When You Share Your Eclipse Plans

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If you post your eclipse (21 August) plans on the GLOBE eclipse webpage, you can receive free solar viewing glasses (while supplies last). For more details, and instructions, click here

Remember: you don't have to be in the "path-of-totality" to collect citizen science data! This is a rare opportunity - what solar-powered protocols will you be watching? For more detailed information, visit these links: 

Join International Scientists Onboard Ocean Research Vessel through Live Webinars

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From 27 July through 29 September, the research vessel JOIDES Resolution (JR) will be in the waters off the coast of Australia. Scientists from around the world will be onboard - and ready to talk to students and teachers about their work and life at sea, LIVE! Sign up here to take advantage of this unique and exciting opportunity. (Live events are free; however, they are "first come, first served" and the schedule does fill up!) Join GLOBE Partner Stephen Pekar and the international scientists of the expedition and provide your students with the opportunity to be part of this expedition.
Want to know what it's like to participate in a live ship-to-shore event? View the video that explains it all!  

GLOBE is Excited to Share New WMO Resources with the Community!

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has a large number of resources aimed at educating the public about weather, the science behind it, and meteorological careers. GLOBE is excited to share these WMO resources with you, including: 
a free online course, "Learn About Weather," which explores all things weather (this course, which begins 11 September, requires no scientific background),
a short booklet, "A Career in Meteorology," which guides people to study meteorology and related disciplines; and
the International Cloud Atlas, which describes the classification system for clouds and meteorological phenomena used by all WMO members. (For some interesting background information on the atlas, click here!)

GLOBE Community: Need to Upload Videos to GLOBE Webpages? Then Check out this Demonstration Video! 

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Want to upload videos to the GLOBE website? Then watch this demonstration video and learn how to upload today! As always, if you have questions or need assistance, send us an email at

Getting Science to People! Times of Malta Runs Article on GLOBE! 

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