U.S. Schools Competition

U.S. Schools Competition for the GLOBE Learning Expedition
New Delhi, India 4 - 8 August 2014

The following information was presented to inform and recruit student research teams

23 December 2013

The GLOBE Program Office is pleased to announce the U.S. competition to select up to five student teams to represent the United States at the 2014 GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) in India. Each team will consist of 2-4 students accompanied by a teacher-chaperone. All travel (excluding passport and visa costs) and hotel expenses for the winning teams to attend the GLE will be covered by GLOBE. GLOBE student reports are due 21 April 2014 to be considered for the competition.

The GLOBE Program Office is currently assembling a Research Competition Review Team comprised of a panel of Earth system scientists from the GLOBE International Scientist Network, NASA, UCAR and other organizations that will select the winning U.S projects. Selection will be based on the merit of the students' written presentations of their team research project (see the 2014 GLE U.S. Competition Rubric). The winners' costs associated with their attendance at the GLE will be covered by the GLOBE Program Office.

The GLE will provide a forum for teams of students to present the results of their GLOBE research projects. It also will provide an opportunity for students to meet and interact with GLOBE scientists and other GLOBE students from around the world. Student teams will be required to give both oral and poster presentations at the GLE. Their written reports will be included in the GLE proceedings.


Team size: 2 - 4 students and teacher-chaperone (maximum of 5 individuals per team)

Student age: At least 12 years old by 31 December 2014

Student grade: In grades 7 through 12 in the 2013 - 2014 school year

Research projects: Projects will use GLOBE data or involve the application of GLOBE protocols to address a community-based research question of interest to the students. The use of other data sources for studies is highly encouraged.

Written reports: See the Student Investigation Report Format. Be sure that your report follows these guidelines.

Due date of reports: 21 April 2014

Please submit reports for this competition to science@globe.gov and note in the title of the email "GLE2014".  Please note that reports submitted to the GLE competition will not be posted in the Student Investigations pages until after the submission deadline for the competition.

Selection announced: 16 May 2014

Revision of accepted reports: 17 May – 1 June 2014 (Students will have this time period to address any suggestions or comments from reviewers).

Final Submission of accepted reports: 2 June 2014

The links below contain more information describing the requirements for student research reports and the rubric to be used in judging them. Suggestions are offered to teachers as to how they might take students through a process leading to the completion of a research project, written report and project visual display.

More information about the 2014 GLE is available at the GLE announcement. Please check this often for any updates.