NASA Langley GLOBE Teacher Internship: Summer 2018


GLOBE teacher interns at NASA Langley in Virginia, USA; summer of 2018

The NASA Langley GLOBE Partnership hosted eight GLOBE teacher interns for 10 weeks this summer in Hampton, Virginia, USA. The interns participated in a variety of learning experiences that included connecting with NASA scientists, engineers, and educators, as well as daily GLOBE data collection and protocol exploration.

The teacher interns were:

  • Wanda Hathaway a middle school GLOBE teacher from Elizabeth City, North Carolina; 
  • Laura Kubiak, a high school GLOBE Mission EARTH teacher from Toledo, Ohio; 
  • Veshell Lewis, a doctoral student from University of Southern Mississippi; 
  • Sara Clemmer, a middle school science teacher from Virginia Beach, Virginia;
  • Mary Anna Garifo, a high school GLOBE teacher from Blacksburg, Virginia;
  • Angie Rizzi, a middle school STEM coordinator from Newport News, Virginia;
  • Belinda Scholls, an elementary GLOBE teacher from Newport News, Virginia; and,
  • Samantha Adams, a high school GLOBE teacher from Bronx, New York. 

One of the highlights of the experience included a series of guest speakers from the GLOBE community; each of the speakers shared stories of how they are using GLOBE to bring authentic learning experiences into both formal and informal educational settings.

Throughout the summer, interns focused on an area of GLOBE that aligned with the grade level and standards representative of the state in which they teach. The areas they explored included Elementary GLOBE; sphere investigations from an Earth system perspective; relationships between clouds and surface temperature; STEM equity in GLOBE; and instrument calibration in support of the GLOBE Air Quality Campaign

As part of their experience, interns completed a GLOBE implementation plan for the upcoming school year – aligning GLOBE protocols, learning activities, and NASA resources with their state curriculum standards. 

The opportunity, as a whole, was a time of growth for not only the interns, but also for the NASA Langley Science Education team who gained new insight regarding the needs of the diverse audiences with which the interns currently work.



News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office


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