GLOBE Side Navigation

November 2016 GLOBE News Brief


The 21st GLOBE Annual Meeting and Student Research Experience/Field Experience Will be Held in New Haven, Connecticut, USA

An image of a city and a park of New Haven, Connecticut.

Join the annual gathering of partners, scientists, sponsors, and student researchers in the beautiful town of New Haven, Connecticut, USA - at the campus of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) - for the 21st GLOBE Annual Meeting and Student Research Experience/Field Experience.
Put the dates on your calendar - 30 July through 04 August, 2017 - and plan to join us, and our host (and GLOBE Partner) Scott M. Graves, Ph.D., (SCSU) in Connecticut!  More information, and updates, will be posted soon! 


Join Our Data Quality Challenge 28 November - 02 December! 

Three different images of students collecting samples outdoors.

GLOBE is holding a Data Quality Challenge from 28 November through 02 December. Why? Because we need our community members - you - to compare the site locations associated with your account and to make sure, 100% sure, that they are correct. Data entry is about quality as much as quantity!
This challenge is for anyone who enters, or who has entered, data into the GLOBE database.  The goal is to have our community members check the GPS coordinates used for all data collection sites. The majority of the coordinates defined in GLOBE's database are based on hand-entered efforts, so an occasional mistake is possible. If coordinates are incorrectly recorded they can skew the relationships being analyzed in the same way as when measurement readings are erroneously recorded. GLOBE's system has ways of avoiding false data from either being entered or displayed, but only you can ensure that the location of a site is correct. Click here for details on how to participate in the challenge.
BONUS! In addition to helping ensure the accuracy of the data, everyone who has confirmed and edited their site information will get a virtual participation badge to share on their profile after the challenge period.
Have questions? Contact our Community Support Team at!

Is El Niño a Bust? Find Out! Participate in the Vital GLOBE ENSO Campaign!  

Globe ENSO Student Research Campaign Phase II Tree image.

Is El Niño a bust? Read the latest GLOBE ENSO Student Research Campaign blog by Brian Campbell (NASA Senior Earth Science Education Specialist) and find out!
El Niño and La Niña are the warm and cool phases of a recurring climate pattern across the tropical Pacific-the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, or "ENSO" for short. The GLOBE ENSO Student Research Campaign is designed to engage students in determining where, and how much, El Niño affects local places - and to put students in contact with their local environment. In order to officially participate you must: 

  • Take measurements and submit data, to GLOBE, in at least two of the six campaign protocols for at least 21 days per season; AND
  • Register as a member of the ENSO Student Research Campaign. (Be sure to log in to your GLOBE account to ensure you see the "join-community" link when you go to the Members Page.)

The NASA GLOBE team will award certificates to members and schools that attend at least 50 percent of the campaign webinars during the 2016-2017 school year.

GLOBE Teachers/Scientists: ENSO Campaign Needs Your Slide on Collaboration to Share at 15 November Webinar 

A bunch of hands holding the word collaborate.

The ENSO Student Research Campaign wants to hear how you are collaborating with other GLOBE schools - or how you would like to collaborate in the future. Create a slide so that it can be shared at the 15 November webinar. It's quick and easy:

  • Click here for directions!
  • Click here for the template!

Register Today for Upcoming GLOBE MISSION EARTH Webinars 

A picture of planet earth with the words "Mission Earth" around it.

MISSION EARTH supports STEM education in elementary school through middle school, high school, and college by integrating GLOBE/NASA materials into K-12 science instruction. The overarching aim of MISSION EARTH is to produce national systemic change in STEM education through the creation of a curriculum progression for diverse school districts across the United States. 
Register now for the upcoming GLOBE MISSION EARTH webinars: 

Please register for each webinar. Missed some of the previous MISSION EARTH webinars? You can find them on the Mission Earth YouTube channel.

New Article Published: The Benefit of The GLOBE Program for the Development of Inquiry Competence in the Czech and Slovak Contexts  

A picture of a green article titled "International Journal of Environmental & Science Education"

Congratulations to the Czech Republic, for the recent article "The Benefit of The GLOBE Program for the Development of Inquiry Competence in the Czech and Slovak Contexts," which was published (thanks to funding from the YLACES Foundation) in the International Journal of Environmental and Science Education.
This study compares the inquiry competence of the 8th-grade students participating in GLOBE in the Czech Republic with a sample of students of the same age not participating in the program from the Slovak and Czech Republics. 

A labtop with a picture of a book shelf on the monitor.

GLOBE Publications
Interested in other GLOBE-related publications? GLOBE has a long history of sharing impact and science findings through peer-reviewed publications on the GLOBE website. The peer-review process ensures that published articles represent the best scholarship currently available. Each article that is submitted to a peer-reviewed journal is sent to other scholars in the same field in order to get their opinion on the quality of research, the relevance to the field, and its appropriateness for inclusion in the journal. And, for those of you who may have had an article published recently (or within the last year), please send us the information:  

Thai GLOBE Teachers Highlighted on UNESCO's World Teachers' Day

An image of a graphic tree with a blue background.

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:

NASA STEM Educator Webinars

A NASA logo.



GLOBE Community: 

You Can Now Blog On the GLOBE Website! 

A 3D image of the word Blog connected to a mouse.

As a vital part of the GLOBE community, you are now invited to blog on the GLOBE website. You can now: share how you are using GLOBE in your classrooms or community; respectfully voice your opinion, ask questions, share tips and tidbits, and make meaningful connections with other members of the community!
The GLOBE Community Support Team (CST) has recorded a demonstration video on how to create a blog post, including how to add images and "tags" to your text. If you prefer, you can follow along with a set of instructions by clicking here.
If you have questions about this tool, send us an email at GLOBE's CST is here to help! You can see the GLOBE Community Blog here.

And You Can Share a GLOBE Item or Event!

A ball of different social media tools.

Want to share a GLOBE news item or an event - or how about a page on that you find interesting? Now you can easily share GLOBE by using our new sharing tools. Simply click a button on any GLOBE website page to share via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or to send us an email. Share GLOBE today!

Share on social media

Register Now for ENSO Student Research Campaign Webinar: 15 November - "Collaboration Via the ENSO Student Research Campaign"

Different southern oscillation patterns between El Niño and La Niña.

Register now for the next ENSO (El Nino Southern Oscillation) Student Research Campaign webinar, "Collaboration Via the ENSO Student Research Campaign." This webinar, presented on Tuesday, 15 November, at 8:00 p.m. EST (1:00 a.m. UTC), will focus on campaign collaboration, including how to find teachers to collaborate with, best practices and potential challenges for collaboration, and a discussion of how to collaborate with scientists and teachers. You can register now for this webinar (as well as for all upcoming webinars) and view past webinars.
Throughout the campaign, regular guest blogs from scientists and teachers. In addition, there is information on the science of ENSO, how to participate in the campaign, analysis tools, numerous resources, and engaging discussion opportunities on the webpage. Keep checking back to discover what's new!  

2017 International Virtual Science Symposium Updates

Three participants are outside taking measurements with their notepads.

GLOBE students: Are you ready to practice the skills you've learned through your involvement with GLOBE and apply them to real-world issues? Then the 2017 International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS) is ready for you!
The 2017 IVSS takes place online, and K-16 students from any GLOBE country may participate. Collaborating with scientists, including STEM professionals who are part of the GISN, you simply use the GLOBE data that you've entered into the database. Every project that is submitted will be hosted on the GLOBE website, and students will receive virtual badges to reward them for their work. There is no limit to the number of entries per student or per school and there is no limit to the number of students per project. 
Did you miss the recent informational webinar? Hosted by Dr. Julie Malmberg (GIO) and Matt Silberglitt (WestEd), the webinar is now available online. Watch it today! This informational webinar covers the instructions, badges, rubrics, and guidelines for the science symposium. The slides are also available to download on the science symposium page ( or by clicking here.
IVSS Timeline

  • Reports accepted for submission from Jan 2017 to 03 April 2017
  • Reports and presentations due by 03 April 2017
  • Scores and badges announced on 15 May 2017

2017 IVSS in Need of Mentors and Judges! 

Global map of teacher training workshops.

The 2017 IVSS is still in need of mentors and judges! Judges can be members of the GISN, interested grad students, GLOBE alumni, or anyone with an interest in this endeavor.
If you are interested in sharing your expertise and would like to judge research projects or help mentor students, please fill out the Interest Form today! (If you would like to volunteer for both options, please check both boxes on the form.)
Students: Looking for a mentoring scientist to help with your project? Click here! There are many experienced scientists ready and waiting to help you.
Keep in mind that all student projects are due on 03 April 2017 and judging will take place 23-29 April 2017. If you have any questions, please contact

Lands' End Apparel with GLOBE Logo Available through GLOBE Materials Shop

The logo of Land's End Business Outfitters.

Need a gift for someone (or for yourself)? You can find a wide variety of Lands' End men's and women's apparel and promotional products through the GLOBE Materials Shop. Lands' End Business Outfitters is offering a storefront that is designed to make shopping easier - and will add the GLOBE logo to your purchases. Satisfaction guaranteed! You can see what's in store by: 

  • Going to; and clicking on "Order GLOBE Apparel and Promotional Items" (bottom right column). 

You can click on "Shopper Resources and Guidelines" for full instructions on how to order. Once you place an order, you will receive emails for savings on future orders (including free logo application and free shipping). 

GLOBE Materials Are Available in Multiple Languages

An image of a planet with flags from many different countries.

Did you know that GLOBE materials have been translated into multiple languages? This includes the Teacher's Guide (Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish), Elementary GLOBE (Arabic, French, German, and Spanish), and many GLOBE resources. Check it out today!
If you are interested in volunteering to translate materials for GLOBE, please send an email to Your assistance would be greatly appreciated!

Upcoming 2016 GLOBE Teacher Training Workshops 

A map of the world where the Globe teacher training workshops are held.

Upcoming GLOBE teacher training workshops include:

  • Brasilia, DF, Brazil (AEB Brazil): 07-08 November (open to all teachers)
  • Portland, Oregon, USA (NSTA Meeting): 12 November (potential restricted attendance)
  • Tartu, Estonia (Nature Museum of University of Tartu): 18-19 November (restricted to teachers in the region)
  • Flushing, New York, USA (Queens College) 18-20 November (restricted to teachers in the region)
  • Durham, New Hampshire, USA (University of New Hampshire): 19 November (open to all teachers)
  • Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA (UND Clifford Hall): 27 July 2017 - 01 August 2017 (open to all teachers)

Connect With Us

The GLOBE Program depends on you to let us know what is happening in your regions, countries, communities and classrooms. Send us news you would like to share with the GLOBE Community and we'll include it in next month's News Brief. Be sure to include photos, too.

Send your message to

Be sure to follow us on social media! Just click on the icons below.

 Facebook icon YouTube icon Twitter icon linked-in_24.png Pintrest icon.



News Topics: News Briefs type: globe-news

News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office