August 2018 GLOBE News Brief

GLOBE Welcomes New Partnering County: The Republic of Botswana 

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On 26 June 2018, Ambassador of the United States Earl R. Mille, on behalf of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Minister of Basic Education Bagalatia Arone signed an agreement to implement The GLOBE Program in Botswana at a signing ceremony in Gaborone.

“It’s a privilege and a deep honor for me to join you today in this important signing ceremony for our two governments,” Don Brown, who serves as the Regional Environment Officer at the American Embassy in Gaborone, said. “Botswana is the third country in southern Africa and the 27th on the continent to sign this agreement.”

“With today’s signing,” Brown said, “our governments are agreeing to connect students, teachers, scientists, and citizens of Botswana to their peers in the program worldwide to conduct real, hands-on science about their local environment and share their findings. This may even shape their career decisions and allow them to work collaboratively with children on opposite sides of the planet.”

Minister of Basic Education Bagalatia Arone agreed that the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement was a momentous occasion. “Nothing excites me as much as the discussion on environmental issues,” he said. “It is, therefore, befitting for us to come up with an initiative like the one to teach our students about the importance of environmental issues and how they can go about protecting the environment.”

To read more, click here.

The GLOBE Implementation Office welcomes the Republic of Botswana, the 121st country to participate in The GLOBE Program.


Read GIO Director Dr. Tony Murphy's Blog on the 2018 GLE -- Then Share Your Thoughts!

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The 2018 GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE), held in Killarney, Ireland (01-06 July), served as a memorable, and motivational, gathering of GLOBE students, teachers, STEM professionals, scientists, and program staff and sponsors. The GLE, held every four years, provides the venue for GLOBE community members to come together to learn about GLOBE protocols, share research, enjoy a variety of cultural exchanges, create enduring friendships, and establish collaborative connections. In 2018, almost 400 participants from 39 countries attended the sixth GLE.

In a recent blog, Dr. Tony Murphy, Director of the GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO), shares his thoughts and impressions of the 2018 GLE. In his blog, Dr. Murphy also expresses his hope that everyone who attended the GLE was able to leave Killarney (his hometown) with special memories and stories of friendship, both new and renewed. He invites everyone who attended the event to share their stories or comments about the GLE.

To read the full blog, and to share your story, click here.

If you haven’t had a chance to view the video highlighting the 2018 GLE, click here! This video was created for the participants of the GLE on the occasion of the final dinner on 05 July 2018. It is GLOBE's tradition to present this “Week in Review” before everyone parts company. It is now being shared with everyone to convey the spirit of the event.


Did You Attend the 2018 GLE in Ireland? Add the New Virtual Badge to Your GLOBE "My Page"

Did you attend the 2018 GLE in Killarney, Ireland? If so, you can add the new virtual badge to your GLOBE “My Page” – as well as to your social media platforms, your school website, or anywhere else you would like to show that you attended the GLE! 

GLE Badge graphicTo add the virtual badge to your profile:

1. Login to

2. Click on the down arrow next to your name (in the upper right-hand corner of the Homepage). 

3. Click on "My Page" (from the dropdown list).

4. When you see your profile page, click on the "edit" button at the bottom/middle of the page.

5. In the content box, click on the “Source” icon (top right).

6. Paste the following code into the source content box (make sure to include all of it): 

7. Click on "Source" again and you will be able to see the virtual badge in your content box. 

8. Click the blue "Publish" button (on the right). 

9. Admire your virtual badge on your My Page!

If you have any troubles getting your badge posted, please send an email to

2018 United States Student Research Symposia (SRS) Highlights from Around the Country

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In 2018, regional United States Student Research Symposia (SRS) were held around the country. At the SRS, students from across the United States had the opportunity to come together at one of six face-to-face regional symposia to share the results of field investigations using GLOBE program protocols.

To view the highlights from each of the regions, click below:

·    2018 Northwest SRS Highlights

·    2018 Pacific SRS Highlights

·    2018 Midwest SRS Highlights

·    2018 Northeast/Mid-Atlantic SRS Highlights

·    2018 Southwest SRS Highlights

·    2018 Southeast SRS Highlights

To learn more about the SRS, click here.

Have you checked out the new U.S. GLOBE Educators Facebook page? This is the space for you to connect with other U.S. GLOBE teachers and to share ideas and best practices for implementing GLOBE. To join today, click here!

Teachers! Ready to Join the GLOBE Community? Attend a Workshop or eTraining!

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Teachers: Are you ready to join The GLOBE Program and connect your classrooms to an international network of students, teachers, and scientists in order to learn more about our shared environment? For a school to fully participate in The GLOBE Program, at least one teacher must be trained in GLOBE science measurement protocols and education activities by attending a GLOBE Teacher Workshop or by completing the required online eTraining modules.

To check on workshops in your area, click here.

No training workshops in your area? Check out GLOBE’s protocol eTraining, which offers teachers a powerful online portal to access the training materials necessary to lead a classroom in data collection and lab procedures associated with a GLOBE protocol. There are now 49 eTraining modules available (including modules introducing The GLOBE Program and covering all four protocol areas – Atmosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere, and Pedosphere).

Once your training is complete, you will be ready to start entering your measurements and will be joining a community of thousands of teachers around the world!

To learn more about eTraining, click here.

Were You a GLOBE Student? Now You're Working in a STEM Field? Then Please Share Your Story!

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Were you a GLOBE student? Are you now working in a STEM field? GLOBE is gathering stories of GLOBE students who have been influenced by their GLOBE experiences to either pursue STEM education or who are now working in a STEM-related career.

GLOBE would also like to hear from teachers who have sought further training in STEM subjects, either through GLOBE training or through other professional development training, in order to enhance their capabilities as teachers or for new careers in STEM.

Share your story today – inspire others to dive into STEM! Download the template here.

If you need assistance, send an email to

GLOBE Teachers: Share Your GLOBE-related STEM Learning Activities with the GLOBE Community!

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GLOBE Teachers: Do you do STEM-related activities as part of your GLOBE curriculum or trainings? The GLOBE Program would greatly appreciate you sharing your learning activities with teachers throughout the worldwide GLOBE community! (If you are located in the United States, GIO is especially interested in activities that have been aligned with NGSS.)

Please email resources and links to


Heard the Latest on These NASA-funded GLOBE U.S. Partner Earth Science Projects?

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NASA has funded GLOBE U.S. partners to lead NASA Education Earth Science Projects through STEM agreements. If you haven’t already checked out these innovative, educational, and inspiring projects – or if it’s time for an update, read more:

·    Mission EARTH: Fusing GLOBE with NASA Assets to Build Systematic Innovation in STEM Education GLOBE Mission EARTH is a collaborative of multiple institutions across the United States formed to increase involvement in The GLOBE Program with the goal of connecting students to scientists in the common pursuit of real-world science.

·    AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) – The goal of AREN is to train the next generation of scientists, engineers, and other professionals to observe and understand our planet Earth through experiential learning using NASA technology and data in real-world settings.

·    Impacts and Feedbacks of a Warming Arctic: Engaging Learners in STEM using NASA and GLOBE Assets (Arctic and Earth SIGNs) – This program connects youth and adults to climate issues and Earth science learning through inquiry-based GLOBE investigations and community stewardship projects.

·    NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC) – This represents a partnership between four GLOBE partners: the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and NASA Earth science divisions at three NASA Centers: Goddard Space Flight Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Langley Research Center. NESEC is enhancing STEM teaching and learning by creating engaging, meaningful, and authentic STEM experiences and resources. NESEC's interrelated activities and partnerships include citizen science with 1) ) GLOBE Observer, 2) GLOBE student investigations with NASA, and 3) strategic partnerships and collaborations.

To find out more about these projects, click here.

Keeping Up With the GLOBE Tip of the Week? Here's a Recent One!

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Tip of the Week: The GLOBE Teacher’s Guide Search Tool allows you to search the entire Teacher’s Guide using several different search parameters.

When you use the tool, can select search parameters including: language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish) grade level (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12), time requirement (any time requirement, continuing student activities, one-time, and repeated class activities), standard requirement (any standard, NGSS), documents for investigation, and/or protocol-specific documents.

If you have questions about this effort, send us an email at


Opportunities for U.S. 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 information to

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