GLOBE at NSTA 2011 in San Francisco, California
Six years ago, GLOBE Canadian and U.S. Partners began their tradition of scheduling the Annual GLOBE North America Partner Meeting in tandem with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conferences. On 9 March 2011, 40 GLOBE representatives from Canada and the United States, representing one Canadian Province and 16 states, attended this event that took place in beautiful San Francisco, California. Guests included GLOBE Partners and staff members, guest speakers, and representatives from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and National Science Foundation (NSF). GLOBE Program Office staff from the International Division and the Science and Education Division worked alongside participants throughout the day, encouraging extended discussions and networking amongst all present. Pictured above is Mr. Martos Hoffman leading discussions about bridging connections between GLOBE ESSPs and GLOBE Protocols.  >>

Students in Japan Share GLOBE Experiences with Local Scientists
The 6th GLOBE Japan Student Conference was held from 17-19 December 2010 at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo. A total of 20 GLOBE schools took part in this event that allowed students to exchange ideas and share their experiences with GLOBE activities. Nineteen of the 20 participating schools were supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science, and Technology (MEXT). During the opening ceremony, participants received greetings from Mr. Mitsuhisa Hioki, MEXT School Inspector; Ms.Yasuko Muramatsu, Tokyo Gakugei University President; and Dr. Shuji Yamashita, GLOBE Japan Country Coordinator.  >>

GLOBE Israel Utilizes Resources to Connect Culture to the Environment
GLOBE is implemented in more than 97 schools in Israel, where some students have developed collaborations with other Israeli schools and abroad. There are currently four active GLOBE school sectors, with 46 schools in the Jewish Sector, 51 schools in the Arab Sector, 12 in the Bedouin Sector and 3 in the Druze Sector. The GLOBE Teachers in all four of these sectors use methodological guides to implement GLOBE Protocols, which target problem-based learning applications such as how to protect nature against regular human activity. These teachers focus their implementation on GLOBE Atmosphere, Hydrology, and Phenology Protocols, and also tie these topics to relevant climate research activities.  >>

GLOBE on the Border: Student Achievements in El Paso, Texas, and Sunland Park, New Mexico
Approximately 350 million people cross the U.S./Mexico border each year, making the stretch of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico the most frequently crossed international border in the world. GLOBE schools have monitored this area for many years, producing amazing research reports and sharing their results with community members on both sides of the border. Two of the most active border cities, El Paso, Texas, located on the banks of the Rio Grande River across the U.S./Mexico border from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, have long operated as a solitary community, with residents shuttling back and forth for both work and leisure. Schools in El Paso have participated in GLOBE since 1998. Through the leadership of Dr. Robin Hoffer, GLOBE U.S. Partner from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), strong collaborations between UT El Paso's College of Science and College of Education have facilitated several award winning GLOBE student projects.  >>

AMSTI-GLOBE Promotes GLOBE Days and Science on a Sphere at ASTA Conference
AMSTI-GLOBE a Partnership between the GLOBE Program and the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI), was busy last year with a host of events. On 12-13 October, fifth through eighth grade Stevenson Middle School students spent two days exploring Earth and environmental science activities during GLOBE Days in Stevenson, Alabama. GLOBE was integrated through Hydrology, Land Cover, and a number of GPS activities including geocaching, races, and mapping games. The event was organized by GLOBE Science teacher Becky McCoy, with assistance from AMSTI-GLOBE specialists Lynn Vaughan, Jerry Cobbs, Reba Turk, and Paul Lackey. Teachers, staff members, and guests from the local 4-H Club, the National Weather Service, the Alabama Department of Conservation, and the "Call Before You Dig" program also assisted. The data the students collected were entered into the GLOBE database following the event. Students are already excited about the Fourth Annual GLOBE Days event in 2011.  >>

Water, Hub of GLOBE Activities in Costa Rica
Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, is implementing the GLOBE Program as part of the Educational Information Technology Program MED-FOD, a national project initiated in 1988 through a joint effort between the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) and the Omar Dengo Foundation (Fundación Omar Dengo - FOD), a private non-profit organization that has served as the country coordinating office since Costa Rica joined the GLOBE Program on Earth Day, 23 April 1996, The primary objective of GLOBE in Costa Rica is to provide public school students with opportunities to develop independent scientific thinking through research projects examining the relationship between science and local environmental problems, top priority being the care of water. This work is done through the development of learning activities and the application of GLOBE Hydrology Protocols. In addition, the Watershed Dynamics Project, a GLOBE Earth System Science Project (ESSP), was implemented widely throughout the country, having been translated and adapted to local priorities using the Digital Atlas of Costa Rica and with the support of many national scientists.  >>

Bahrain Sixth Annual GLOBE Green Walk Explores Biodiversity in Al Areen Park
The 6th annual GLOBE Green Walk was held on 30 December 2010 at Al Areen Wildlife Reserve and Park in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Al Areen was established in 1975 and is home to over 100,000 plants and trees, and more than 500 animals including the Arabian oryx, which is virtually extinct in the wild. Wild bird species are also attracted to the park. This wildlife park is divided into two parts; one is open to the public while the reserve area is off-limits to the public without special permission. This year's event examined the natural biodiversity found in Bahrain.  >>

GLOBE Teachers along the Rocky Mountain Front Range Strengthen Local Teacher Network at Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, USA
On 4-5 February, eleven teachers from the Rocky Mountain Front Range convened for a 2-day Colorado Teacher Workshop at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Deanna TeBockhorst, GLOBE Partner from Fort Collins, Colorado, and member of the CloudSat Education Network, was chief organizer and trainer for this event. Gary Randolph of the GLOBE Program Office and Peter Falcon, GLOBE Partner from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and a CloudSat education outreach team member, also led activities. The workshop was open to teachers new to GLOBE as well as previously trained GLOBE teachers who wanted to refresh their GLOBE training. Together, they were able to learn about new GLOBE directions and opportunities, meet with members of the GLOBE Program Office staff who also participated in the training, and form a network of GLOBE teachers along the Colorado Front Range.  >>

GLOBE Argentina Inspires the Next Generation of Scientists from Junin de los Andes
For more than 15 years, GLOBE in Argentina has inspired scientists, students, and teachers by their extended research agendas seeking to gain a better understanding of the environment in order to prepare Argentinean students to face the challenges of the twenty-first century. Led by Professor Maria del Carmen Galloni, who served as a leader in the GLOBE community since 1994 and was the Country Coordinator for Argentina from 1995-2010, teachers worked to develop research that awakens in students the desire to learn more about their local environments based on a practical scientific research methodology that allows them to develop new knowledge at local and global levels.  >>

GLOBE Students Study Effects of Climate on Biodiversity in Hong Kong
Thirty students and teachers from GLOBE schools in Delhi, India, visited the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden in Hong Kong as well as the Hong Kong Wetlands Park as part of a Biodiversity Learning Expedition organized by the Regional Help Desk Office for GLOBE in Asia and the Pacific. The expedition, sponsored by the Indian Environmental Society (IES), actively involved students in GLOBE projects and activities covering Biodiversity Conservation.  >>

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