Climate Conference Launches SCRC Initiatives in Asia-Pacific Region
The Indian Environmental Society, in association with the GLOBE Asia-Pacific Regional Office, launched GLOBE Student Climate Research Campaign (SCRC) activities at the Earth Science and Climate Change Research Conference, held from 25-28 September 2011, at the Goa International Center in India. The conference was supported by the American Centre-Mumbai, the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India, and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.  >>

Teachers Gear Up for Tree Ring Project in Europe and Eurasia Region
The Tree Ring Project is a two-year study that uses tree rings in order to determine an environment's climate in any given year. The project, organized by GLOBE Country Coordinators Mr. Karl Torstein Hetland (Norway), Mrs. Diana Garasic (Croatia), and Tree Ring Project Manager and Assistant Country Coordinator Mrs. Ilona Krpcová (Czech Republic), is a collaboration between 24 schools from their three countries.  >>

Oman Workshop Amplifies Near East and North Africa Regional Growth
The first training workshop in Oman took place from 8-12 October 2011 in the city of Muscat. This event aimed to prepare new Omani teachers as well as supervisors and delegates from Oman and other countries in the region, 27 participants total, to use GLOBE protocols in their research activities. This workshop is the first step of GLOBE implementation into Omani classroom activities.  >>

NASA Administrator Pays Personal Visit to GLOBE Communities in Latin America and the Caribbean
On 25 October 2011 the GLOBE leadership team in Argentina attended a reception at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires in honor of NASA General Administrator Mr. Charles Bolden Jr. to celebrate the successful bilateral cooperation between NASA and CONAE (Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales or National Space Activities Commission). Mr. Bolden stated, "NASA has a long history of cooperation with Argentina, having signed nearly 50 agreements with various government organizations in the last 50 years." The U.S. Ambassador and Mr. Bolden both gave credit to the GLOBE Program as an existing educational NASA cooperative in Argentina. Many outstanding GLOBE students that have received awards from the Embassy were also invited to attend.  >>

GLOBE Costa Rica Documents Hydrology Training With Film
The GLOBE Program in Costa Rica works to promote the development of scientific thinking through research projects that use science to investigate environmental problems related to water. To put these goals into practice, the National Program of Education and Informatics MEP-FOD (Ministry of Education and Omar Dengo Foundation) recently hosted a GLOBE Hydrology workshop for teachers in Sarapiquí. GLOBE Country Coordinator Mr. Roberto Quiros said,"This is the only in way the students will have the possibility to investigate and form a critical and educated opinion about the uses of watersheds in their communities and to recognize and preserve water as one of the most important resources for sustaining life on the planet."  >>

Illinois Partner Starts GLOBE Integration Early with Preservice Teachers
Dr. Park began conducting GLOBE workshops in both Illinois and Ohio in November of 2006 as an Associate Professor of Science and Geosciences Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University (ISU). ISU is a GLOBE Partner based in Normal, Illinois. For the past five years, the university has been very active –– training over 110 teachers. "Through my experiences as a GLOBE trainer, I have found ‘inquiry,' ‘integrated,' ‘personal,' ‘local,' and ‘relevant' to be words that represent key elements of the GLOBE teaching approach." said Dr. Park. This year, workshops covering various GLOBE protocols are being offered as well as a semester long inquiry project and a symposium presentation to approximately 70 preservice teachers, those at the schooling or supervised training level of an education major that are not yet fully certified to teach, and demand for the program continues to rise.  >>

Students View Climate Differently From the Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Mt. Kilimanjaro stands 5,895 meters or 19,341 feet above sea level. From this vantage point, the inquiring minds of GLOBE students went to work alongside dedicated educators and scientists who all gathered in Tanzania, Africa for the 3rd annual Kilimanjaro Xpedition––a climb up the largest freestanding mountain in the world. The Kilimanjaro Xpedition is a GLOBE Africa and Seasons and Biomes endeavor that utilizes previous research alongside current measurements to illuminate a comparative baseline for future studies. This learning experience furthers students' understanding of climate in a fundamentally different way than in the classroom.  >>

Play to Learn is the Name of the Game at GLOBE Games
Educating young people and bringing them closer to science is what the Estonia GLOBE Games is all about. This year, the games were held in Jõulumäe, Pärnu County, Estonia. Approximately 150 students, teachers and instructors from 26 Estonian schools, as well as guests from the Czech Republic, participated in the four day event. This is the 14th year of the games, which occur every August.  >>

Students Conduct Research Near Santa Barbara Channel Islands During 2011 Ocean for Life Field Study
Twenty-eight high school students from seven countries in the Near East-North Africa (NENA) GLOBE region and 12 locations in North America participated in the second Ocean for Life field study from 14 - 26 July 2011, aimed at increasing cultural understanding through ocean science. NENA countries represented included Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Qatar. North American territories represented included American Samoa, Canada as well as the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Washington. The Ocean for Life field study took place in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary just off the California coast. Encompassing the ocean environment surrounding Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara Islands, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary provided the optimal setting for the two-week immersive field study, as these waters protect a rich diversity of marine life.  >>

Trinidad GLOBE School Awarded First Prize at Young Leaders Competition
The Young Leaders Program of The Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago aims to help youth develop leadership skills and learn the value of working as a team. Beginning in 1981 as an essay-writing competition, the program broadened its scope in 1984 by challenging students to develop projects that would benefit the community, and in 1991, earned its current name. Since then, hundreds of students have participated in the competition to make tangible contributions in their communities through investigative science research. Almost every secondary school in the country now participates in the program, along with youth groups, vocational centers and cadet forces.  >>

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