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We’ve been posting alot of news stories lately and making them more interesting with pictures. Alicia discovered that when she was adding alt text to the images, it was changing them all to the same alt text. This isn’t a great thing to have happen and we reported it to GLOBE . In the meantime, Haley found a workaround to the problem so take a look at this short video if you are planning on posting a story with pictures and alt text in the near future.​​​​​​​ Speaking of news stories, here are some for the 2022 SRS: 2022 U.S. GLOBE Student Research Symposia ...


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              Big news from Zoom – there is a Beta Avatar setting you can test out. As you can see, the   GLOBE U.S. Coordination Office did during our weekly meeting.         One more Watercooler to close out the academic year next week June 23rd at 4:10pm ET/1:10pm PT – we are celebrating 50 years of Earth Observations. Come join us! Register here: https://unh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlc-GvqDgtGdab5mNzRurPAJY4sv5p7VIF   Female scientists studying air quality and climate change – cash awards available ! ...


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GLOBE Partners, watch for the Regional Newsletters coming to your Inbox soon. They will have a highlight of the SRS that happened in your region. If you don't get the newsletters or want to know more about U.S. GLOBE activities, visit our Stay Current page to follow, sign-up and see all the ways we communicate with the community. New Natural Inquirer GLOBE Crosswalk blog published using the Earth Systems Elementary GLOBE book. Written by Alicia Carlson, our Outreach Lead. Partners working with pre-service teachers and providing summer professional learning, please ...


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​​​​Teachers of Kindergarten to Grade 2 can use stories and observations of nature outside your door to help students understand how the systems of Earth (atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and pedosphere) are connected. Start by reading the Elementary GLOBE story “ All About Earth: Our World on Stage ” to get an overview of some of the connections between the components of the Earth. The story follows a classroom of students as they prepare a play to learn how Earth’s processes are interconnected and how living creatures interact with those processes. [One 30- to 45-minute class ...


Posted in: Curriculum: SCIENCE AND MATH   GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE GENERAL SCIENCE EARTH AS A SYSTEM EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE SCIENTIST SKILLS   Investigation Areas: EARTH AS A SYSTEM BIOSPHERE   Learning Activities: EARTH AS A SYSTEM EARTH SYSTEM IN A BOTTLE WE'RE ALL CONNECTED: EARTH SYSTEM INTERACTIONS EARTH SYSTEM PLAY   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS


The U.S. Office is wrapping up the 2022 local Student Research Symposia (SRS) . Keep an eye out for stories highlighting these events. Thank you to all the teachers, students and Partners who made these events a success! Alicia Carlson (new hire in our office - YEAH!) is working on a couple of GLOBE and Natural Inquirer crosswalks . If you are a pre-service or current teacher, contact us to find out how you can earn a stipend and create some teacher-friendly ways to use these materials together in the classroom. Yearbook material for the 2021 GLOBE Partner Yearbook is ...


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We've successfully moved the GLOBE environment to it's new hosting location.  Hopefully not much has changed for you - but it all should be working. Tell the helpdesk if you find any issues - thank you!


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At the start of the month, i was invited by SAASTA, a body in South Africa that promotes science in schools to train teachers in 4 districts in 4 days in Mpumalanga. It took me 5hrs of drive from Pretoria to my first venue of training where 40 teachers from different schools welcomed us. Later on we proceeded to two other districts where at least 40 teachers at each venue were introduced to GLOBE, trained in two Atmospheric protocols, how to navigate the website, enter data and shown how to use the GLOBE observer App. The six hour day training empahasised the importance of intergrating ...


Posted in: GLOBE Working Groups: EDUCATION WORKING GROUP   Primary Audience: TRAINERS


The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign is finishing up its third year. During the first three years, the campaign has had great success in building and sustaining active participation from many GLOBE members from across, currently, 58 GLOBE countries. Check out the metrics below. Since the onset of the campaign on September 15, 2018 (coincident with the launch of the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 or ICESat-2 Satellite), there had been a huge uptick in tree height, land cover, and greenings (green up/green down) observations uploaded to the GLOBE Program's ...


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Natural cycles are occurring all around us all the time-- but do you notice them? Place-based observation cultivates childrens’ innate sense of wonder while learning about data collection, ecosystems, climate, and plants. This series incorporates resources about leaf color change from the Natural Inquirer and Green-Down Data Collection Protocol from GLOBE to start off the school year engaging upper elementary students with seasonal change. These can be used as-is, or can be grounded in a year-long observation routine of a study site using GLOBE’s What Can We Learn About Our Seasons? ...


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I've heard a number of folks wish they could track how many observations individual users have performed in a GLOBE team.  We're working on building that out on the website, along with tracking individual student contributions for schools.  In the mean time, I made this spreadsheet which will figure it out for you if you know the user's UserID.  Enter the date range, protocol and a list of UserIDs, and the spreadsheet will present how many measurements that user has performed for that protocol and date range.  As a reminder, UserIDs are located in GLOBE Observer under ...


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Ghana GLOBE in March 2021 collaborated with Noguchi Memorial Institute to train four schools within Greater Accra and its environs on how to identify Mosquito species in their communities.   A total of 20 students,  four teachers and two STEM Coordinators were trained.  As a pilot project,  GLOBE Ghana Coordinator Ms. Berthy Buah took the opportunity to sensitize the schools on the importance of engaging in GLOBE activities in their schools and the numerous benefits awaits them if taken seriously.  Scientists from the Parasitology department also encouraged ...


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ورشة دليل الطالب الى براءة الاختراع قدمها مختصين من مكتب الامانة العامة تبراءة الاختراع في دول مجلس التعاون


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Rahil V. is a high school student from Maryland. He was part of the 2020 STEM Enhancement in the Earth Sciences Mosquito Habitat Mapper summer research intern cohort. This past summer I attended the SEES Virtual Mosquito Mappers Internship, changing my life. I suppose "life-changing" is often used arbitrarily to describe a great experience, but I can assure you, I do mean life-changing. I entered the summer wary of a virtual internship; after all, how useful could zoom calls and a virtual classroom be? Within the first week, I was blown away by the competent mentors, resources, and ...


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Two projects have adopted the GO Mosquito Habitat Mapper tool as a way to obtain data for scientific analysis. The GLOBE Mission Mosquito Campaign plays an official role in a research project funded by the National Science Foundation: Citizen Epidemiology: Designing and Connecting Next-Generation Cyber, Biological, and Citizen Science Systems for the Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-Borne Diseases . The project PI is Dr. Ryan Carney, University of South Florida. To create an automated larva identification using artificial intelligence, many images of mosquito larvae are needed- from ...


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The University of New Hampshire Carbon Cycle team has started to curate a list of resources that compliment GLOBE Carbon Cycle activities and Protocols . These include videos, websites, peer reviewed articles, and a Q&A section with Dr. Scott Ollinger , ecosystem ecologist at UNH and PI on the Carbon Cycle Project. These resources have been sent to us over the past few years, and have found a home here:  https://www.globe.gov/web/leitzel-center/home/carbon-cycle-resources .  As we encounter more, we will continue to build this list. If you have resources that ...


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Have you ever seen a tree snap due to high winds or a lightning strike?  Back in March 2020, I saw a beautiful Bradford Pear tree starting to bloom with its pale yellow-white blossoms. I thought that this would be a very nice, isolated tree to take a NASA GLOBE Observer tree height observation. Tree Height -  March 15, 2020, 19.41m, Bradford Pear, Salisbury, Maryland USA Let's fast forward to August 4, 2020. At this time, the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States was being greatly affected by the remnants of Hurricane Isaias. By this time, the hurricane was ...


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Lectures, lessons, and learning opportunities of all kinds are available online these days… luckily, air quality investigations can be, too! Publically available sources of air quality data, which can be accessed any time and anywhere, can be used in conjunction with or in lieu of the GLOBE Aerosols Protocol for students and teachers participating in the US Air Quality Student Research Campaign. This blog post will introduce a website which can be used to conduct air quality investigations with a ground-based instrument, called the PurpleAir. The PurpleAir is a small, commercially ...


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Lectures, lessons, and learning opportunities of all kinds are available online these days… luckily, air quality investigations can be, too! Publically available sources of air quality data, which can be accessed any time and anywhere, can be used in conjunction with or in lieu of the GLOBE Aerosols Protocol for students and teachers participating in the US Air Quality Student Research Campaign. This blog post will introduce a website called AerosolWatch, an online access point for satellite-based observations of aerosols, and factors that affect air quality (such as smoke and dust). ...


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The big announcement this month was that we made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Student Research Symposia. We have some other activities that we will working on instead, which will support the IVSS and SRS into the future! In other news, I attended a couple virtual multi-day meetings and had lots of resources cross my desk. Some of those are listed below. I look forward to 2021 and the close of 2020. It has been a rough year but kindness abounds and teachers are amazing in supporting students throughout this public health crisis – they inspire me each day. Peace to all of the ...


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Ever wonder what it might be like to work for NASA? This year at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Meeting (kind of like a huge IVSS as it is virtual this year), NASA shared a wealth of resources to help anyone interested in working with or for NASA to "find their place"! Take a look at this site and explore the myriad of amazing opportunities and programs that exist for a wide variety of different audiences. These programs range from research and learning opportunities to  being engaged by being a part of The GLOBE Program! So check out the " Find Your Place " ...


Posted in: Curriculum: EDUCATION RESEARCH LANGUAGE CULTURE AND ARTS SCIENCE AND MATH TECHNOLOGY STEM   Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION   Field Campaigns: FLEXE SCRC SCUBANAUTS SEASONS AND BIOMES WATERSHEDS CARBON CYCLE GGIC SCRC - PHASE 1 SCRC - PHASE 2 SMAP EL NIÑO SURFACE TEMPERATURE GPM   GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE CLIMATE CLIMATE CHANGE DATA INCLUDED GENERAL SCIENCE GENERAL SCIENCE @ES EARTH AS A SYSTEM EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE SCIENTIST SKILLS MEETINGS/CONFERENCES   GLOBE Working Groups: EVALUATION WORKING GROUP SCIENCE WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP TECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP DEI WORKING GROUP   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE HYDROSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM PEDOSPHERE (SOIL) BIOSPHERE   Learning Activities: ATMOSPHERE AND CLIMATE EARTH AS A SYSTEM HYDROLOGY LAND COVER/BIOLOGY SOIL   News Topics: MEETINGS SCRC RESEARCH TRAINING VIRTUAL SCIENCE FAIR   Primary Audience: ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS   Student Research Reports: STANDARD RESEARCH REPORT INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM REPORT U.S. STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIA (SRS) MISSION EARTH REPORT MISSION MOSQUITO REPORT   Teacher's Guide: GRADE LEVELS INVESTIGATION AREA DOCUMENTS