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We are excited to have such a response to the NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge. Remember, top observers will be congratulated by a NASA scientist! Click here to learn more about the challenge.  Are you wondering about the clouds you are reporting and the type of weather you might experience in your area? Here is a guide to how cloud types are related to weather!  The information below was taken from the NOAA's SciJinks webpage - https://scijinks.gov/clouds/   


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Competitions GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Backyard Science Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Competitions Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

Las nubes, son diminutas gotas de agua líquida en suspensión, o heladas si se encuentran a suficiente altura. Estas pequeñas gotas se mantienen en el aire debido a su pequeño tamaño, que oscila entre 0,2 y 0,3 mm de diámetro.   Sólo caen en forma de precipitación cuando llegan a medir entre 1 y 5 milímetros. Su color blanco característico se debe a que la luz del Sol que incide en estas gotitas, las cuales reflejan los colores visibles que conforman la luz, quedando así la mezcla de todos ellos, es decir, el blanco.  


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It’s almost spring, the time of year when the looming change in seasons could lead to some pretty fascinating cloud activity in the sky. NASA and the GLOBE Program are asking for your help by taking part in a citizen science cloud observation challenge. From March 15 through April 15, citizen scientists of all ages can make up to 10 cloud observations per day using the GLOBE Observer app or one of the other data entry options (for trained GLOBE members). Challenge participants with the most observations will be congratulated by a NASA scientist in a video...


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Today we start a series of posts devoted to providing information, tips, tricks and answers to frequently asked questions by Calitoo users! So, how do you measure Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) with a Calitoo? First and foremost: NEVER look directly at the sun! And…ONLY take measurements when the sun is not obstructed by clouds. TIP: Use your hand(s) to cover the sun; if you see any clouds on either side of your hand(s), do NOT take any measurements. Wait until the sun is not obstructed by clouds. Now, the Calitoo sun photometer measures AOT values at 465 nm, 540 nm and 619 nm. ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: General Science GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Aerosols News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Students Teachers Partners

Hello, GLOBE Universe, No need to be cloudy and confused with identifying clouds!  There are easy questions that you can ask yourself to help identify what beautiful clouds you are seeing floating high above you. I created a Cloud Identification Guide to step you and your students through identifying clouds.  Here's a quick summary of the main questions.  Inside the cloud guide, there are additional hints to help you tell the difference between similar looking clouds by using special clues. Is it raining? -- this is the first important question because there are two...


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The NASA GLOBE Clouds team is excited to highlight Mr. Gary Popiolkowski, a middle school science teacher at Chartiers-Houston Jr./Sr. High School in Houston, PA, USA. Mr. Popiolkowski has been teaching for 44 years and has been a GLOBE teacher since 1995. He has had his students doing cloud observations for the past 18 years, submitting over 15,000 observations! He has also been doing virtual connections with Patumwan Demonstration School in Thailand each year for the past four years. We ask Mr. Popiolkowski how he does it! Here is what he shared: Each period of the day the students...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Event Topics: Other GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Surface Temperature Atmosphere » Clouds Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Alumni Scientists Country Coordinators

The GLOBE Program is in a unique position to provide citizens worldwide with amazing benefits. One of the biggest benefits, I feel, it that of gaining a larger perspective. I work at Goddard Space Flight Center with the GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement) mission. This Earth-observing satellite is able to measure global precipitation and update these measurements every 30 minutes. You can see the latest data animation for the past week here. As NASA is a key sponsor of The GLOBE Program, many of us who work for NASA are able to share the unique perspectives that Earth-observing...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds El Niño Surface Temperature GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Climate Change Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Hydrology Land Cover/Biology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Regions Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

"Under a three-year agreement signed on Feb. 22, NASA will support two Conservation International-led initiatives, one focused on land ecosystems in Africa, the other on water resources along the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. NASA researchers will analyze and model remote-sensing data from the agency’s fleet of Earth-observing missions and commercial satellites, mapping ecosystems at regional and national scales. Satellite data, with its coverage of broad swaths of terrain, are critical for understanding the impacts of human activity on the environment." Sanje Waterfall in Udzungwa...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: El Niño Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

On Thursday, 1st of March, A delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who have come to learn more about the issue and the NASA-sponsored Global Globe program led by Dr. Farid Hamdan on a national level, and a member of the European Globe Committee. The members of the delegation were exposed to Almajd Junior High School students who presented the Globe program in various aspects: scientific research on the water properties in the Alexander Valley, Sending measurements to the Global Globe site, and comparing and analyzing data at the national and international levels. We were so...


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The GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA would like to highlight the top observers for the month of February! Thank you to all observers for submitting your observations and using the satellite matching of data. Also, remember that on March 15, 2018 we will start our NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge! The top observers will be congratulated by a NASA scientist with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website. Click here for more information.   Top 10 cloud observers for February 2018   Observer School or...


Posted in: Event Topics: Competitions GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Backyard Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds News Topics: Competitions Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Alumni Scientists Country Coordinators

A fourth grade student from Public School 122 (Queens, NY), recently visited NASA Langley for a week. During his visit, he studied the GLOBE Aerosol Protocol. He went outside the Atmospheric Sciences building and collected aerosol data using a Calitoo sun photometer, which measures Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) at three wavelengths: 465nm (blue), 540nm (green) and 619nm (red). After downloading the data measured with the Calitoo to his laptop, the student learned how to access AERONET data. The AERONET (AErosol RObotic NETwork) project is a federation of ground-based remote sensing...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE Protocols General Science GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Aerosols News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Teachers Students Partners

Water- essential to life and capable also of causing so many natural disasters.. The ENSO Phase III "Water in our Environment" field campaign will be hosting a webinar this Thursday at 18:00 UTC/1 pm EST which will focus on "Connection and Communication" as we listen to students from Texas and Nigeria share ways they use The GLOBE Program protocols to learn about water in their environment. Feel free to join us as your schedule permits- this will be a great webinar to share with your students! 


Posted in: Curriculum: Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Climate Change Data Included Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Hydrology Land Cover/Biology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Calendar SCRC Research Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Students Teachers Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

"Much of the U.S. Midwest has received above normal precipitation this winter. A NASA rainfall analysis provided a look at the precipitation that contributed to current flooding." Check it out HERE!  


Posted in: Field Campaigns: El Niño Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

The NASA GLOBE Clouds team recently presented a webinar the details of how your cloud observations are matched to satellite data. The webinar, recording found below, also focuses on the importance and quality of the observations, ways that the data can be used by scientists, and current work being done by the team at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. The webinar also highlights newly processed data from the temperature and cloud observations reported for the Great North American Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017.      See how your data is collected...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills Earth System Science GLOBE Protocols General Science Backyard Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds News Topics: Video Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Partners Scientists Country Coordinators

March is National Reading Month in the U.S., which presents the perfect opportunity for learners to explore NASA reading material on a more personal level. The resources highlighted on NASA Wavelength - a digital library for educators of all levels - at http://nasawavelength.org/blog/national-reading-month are grade-appropriate reading opportunities that feature engaging and educational science stories and articles.  And they can be used anytime – not just in March.   Books highlighted include Elementary GLOBE storybooks with learning activities for children, which you are...


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Right now I am sitting in my home office, watching the trees bend as the wind howls. My automated weather station in my front yard has an anemometer that is simply going nuts, and the wind vane is wildly careening back and forth as the winds pushes in from all directions. We have had wind gusts that exceeded 40 mph and now my weather station is reporting sustained winds at 25 mph.  The power of nature simply astounds me and fills me with wonder and awe. Being able to make visible observations of the impact of the wind- by watching how fast the clouds are moving, seeing the trees and...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Competitions Field Campaigns: El Niño GLOBE Science Topics: Earth as a System Earth System Science General Science Backyard Science Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Competitions Calendar Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

Spring is starting to spring in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere but not quite yet in others. The March observations period for the Urban Heat Island/Surface Temperature Student Research Campaign has started. Please take surface temperature observations in March to help out with the campaign. If you can, please take observations from two sites so you can compare the temperatures for them. One approach is to take observations from a grassy area and an asphalt area to compare. Just a quick look at surface temperature data on the GLOBE visualization page shows the cold weather that is...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Earth System Science

This past week was a very exciting one for the Science Education Team at NASA Langley Research Center! Four members visited one of the schools participating in the GLOBE Air Quality Student Research Campaign: Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, in Newport News, VA., where twenty middle school students, led by their science teacher Ms. Angie Rizzi, presented their team research projects and posters about aerosols. After students started taking aerosol measurements and once they had selected their research project questions, Dr. Pippin, -lead scientist for the GLOBE Air Quality Student Research...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: General Science GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Aerosols News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Teachers Students Partners

Why do we make goals? A goal is what you want to achieve in your program. Knowing what you want to achieve allows you to focus your efforts on accomplishing something. Do you ever feel that your partnership (or other projects) is not really accomplishing anything? Did you sit down and create goals?  If you do not have a goal for your project, often times you end up spinning your wheels because you do not have a set direction on your horizon. We waste time and energy on pointless projects that are not helping us move forward in a chosen direction. Making a reasonable goal can help you...


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A few fun announcements for South Dakota GLOBE Educators: Data and Stipends You still have a month left to collect and report data in order to receive a stipend for the 1st quarter of 2018. No sure what to monitor? The Urban Heat Island campaign is calling for data in March. If you would like to participate with your students and need infrared thermometers, please let me know ASAP. The deadline to request thermometers is March 2nd.   Send me: Your school shipping address The number of infrared thermometers you need Important: You must report the data to the GLOBE database by...


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If you are attending the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) Conference this coming Friday, March 2, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan (United States of America), I welcome you to join myself (Jeff Bouwman), David Bydlowski, and Andy Henry.  We are excited to present Aerial Exploration of Environmental Study Sites, Using Kites, Cameras and Other Sensors on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM and #GettingScienceDone – Citizen Science on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM.  Aerial Exploration of Environmental Study Sites, Using Kites, Cameras and Other Sensors will focus on the...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Field Campaigns: SMAP Surface Temperature Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Precipitation Atmosphere » Air Temperature Pedosphere (Soil) » Soil Moisture - SMAP Block Pattern Atmosphere » Surface Temperature Pedosphere (Soil) » Soil Temperature Atmosphere » Clouds

Mr. Jeff Bouwman The NASA GLOBE Clouds team is excited to highlight Mr. Jeff Bouwman, a 6th and 7th grade teacher at Shumate Middle School (Gibraltar School District) in Gibraltar, MI. Mr. Bouwman was one of the top 10 GLOBE Cloud observers for 2017 and we are very excited for the research his students are doing with the data.    We invite you to read his most recent post - "It's Cool to Have Your Head in the Clouds" - and read the research his students are doing with 2-years of cloud observations!    If you would like to be highlighted as a NASA...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Backyard Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Competitions Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Scientists Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Investigation Area Documents

Para el Programa GLOBE, la ciencia es algo que todos pueden hacer. ¡Y hacer ciencia te convierte en un científico! Entonces, ¿qué hacen los científicos? Observan el mundo que les rodea, hacen preguntas y usan evidencia (o datos) para responder las preguntas que se plantean. La generación de evidencia es una actividad clave para la labor que realizan los científicos. La generación de evidencia para responder las preguntas que se plantea un científico puede hacerse de diversas maneras, tomando medidas con procedimientos estandarizados o identificando los datos disponibles que otras personas...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Assessment and Evaluation Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Technology GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE Protocols General Science Data Included Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

  Sixth Grade Citizen Scientists at Shumate Middle School (Gibraltar School District) in Gibraltar, Michigan (United States of America) truly enjoy observing clouds and taking environmental measurements for The GLOBE Program.  Over the course of the school year, each sixth grader will have the opportunity to travel outside to take various environmental measurements.  Currently, our sixth grade students are measuring soil moisture, soil, surface, and current temperatures, precipitation, and clouds.  While taking surface temperature measurements, students are also...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds Atmosphere » Surface Temperature

One of the most important parts of the scientific process is communicating results, and a major aspect of that is displaying the data. Often, that means some sort of graph. However, it’s not always easy to decide which type of graph to use to best convey the message you want it to. Graphs should tell the story of the data, and it takes attention to the type of graph as well as formatting and style choices to ensure that the story is told well. You may need to try different graphs displaying the same data before you figure out the most effective way to communicate your story. Here are a few...


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The 2017-18 GLOBE U.S. Air Quality Student Research Campaign is well underway in the United States! There are 34 school participating with more joining as the weeks go by: Broadalbin Perth High School (Alicia Dobyns) Cassadaga Middle School (Sandi Askin) Crestwood High School (Diana Johns) * Elizabeth City Middle School (Wanda Hathaway) Fredonia Middle School (Amy Lauer) Hamburg High School (Kaci Nowadly) Kipp Intrepid Prep School (Robert Bujosa) Life Academy (Sarah Pipping) * Main Street Intermediate School (Marcy Burns) Met Sacramento High School (Christopher Chu) Mountain View...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: General Science GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Aerosols News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Teachers Students Partners

Our hazel at Medical school Varaždin has started blooming.


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These are our trees in the winter in the snow at Medical School Varaždin  


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When we observe scientists, sometimes we think that they were born with a lab coat, glasses and knowing everything about the world around them, or at least it was my idea when I was child, but all scientists have been students like you and me when they were children, they attended school, enjoyed some courses and maybe disliked others. How did they decide to become scientists? What was their motivation to pursue a career in science?  and what is the impact of GLOBE in their personal and professional lives?  Let´s read some personal stories from GLOBE scientists.   Waleska...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: General Science General Science @es Meetings/Conferences Scientist Skills GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Primary Audience: Scientists Country Coordinators

ONE-PAGER FOR FUNDRAISING   The Evaluation Working Group During the Annual Meeting in 2016, the Evaluation Working Group defined a set of goals for the following year, and prioritized some tasks to be developed as part of our work for the community.  One of the objectives we established was to write a one-pager for individuals who want to present themselves when looking for financial support for the GLOBE community, especially for teachers and country coordinators who need economical support from private agencies, companies, ONG’s, to develop typical activities at their...


Posted in: GLOBE Working Groups: Evaluation Working Group News Topics: Regions