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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:...


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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...


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

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...


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


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

  Sixth Grade Citizen Scientists at Shumate Middle School ( Gibraltar Sc hool 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...


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...


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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...


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

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.   ...


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

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...


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

NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge Audience : Students and teachers all grade levels, informal educators, and the general public Dates : March 15, 2018 - April 15, 2018 The NASA GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA is excited to announce the NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge . Participants are invited to enter up to 10 cloud observations per day from March 15, 2018 to April 15, 2018 using the GLOBE Program’s data entry options or using GLOBE Observer app . GLOBE and...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math Technology STEM Event Topics: Other Competitions GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science GLOBE Protocols Scientist Skills General News Topics: Competitions Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Students Teachers Trainers Teacher's Guide: Grade Level

The GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA would like to highlight the top observers for the month of January! Thank you to all observers for submitting your observations and using the satellite matching of data.   Top 10 cloud observers for January 2018   Observer School Country Total Observations Ebtisam Nahhas 19th Secondary Girls School at Al-Madinah Al-Monawarah Saudi Arabia 121 Helio Cabral ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science GLOBE Protocols General News Topics: Competitions Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

The planet Earth is a mixed living and nonliving system. It is the suprasystem of an supranational systems as well as the total ecological system, with all its living and nonliving components.  The Earth is an open system, interacting with its atmosphere and with matter and energy in space.  ЕКО - ПОТРЕБИ Постои голема потреба од позитивно рециклирање на цивилизацијата, потреба од политика на глобален развој, почитување меѓу луѓето и почитување на природата – враќање во состојба на природна … ...


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Friday, February 2nd is Groundhog Day and some of us will be waiting to see if Punxsutawney Phil saw a shadow or not! Punxsutawney Phil and other groundhogs have been predicting the arrival of Spring for many years and has intrigued us all.   NASA Education Specialist Dr. Anne Weiss NASA Education specialist at NASA Langley Research Center, Dr. Anne Weiss, was gathering cloud and temperature data while visiting her nephews (3rd, 5th, and 8th grade) when they got talking about Punxsutawney Phil. Her nephews were questioning if Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast would affect...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science GLOBE Protocols Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate » Estimating Cloud Cover Primary Audience: Students Teachers Trainers

Global warming is the term used to describe a gradual increase in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and its oceans, a change that is believed to be permanently changing the Earth’s climate.   The average temperature of the Earth has risen between 0.4 and 0.8 °C over the past 100 years. The increased volumes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases released by the burning of fossil fuels, land clearing, agriculture, and other human activities, are believed to be the primary sources of the global warming that has occurred over the past 50 years.Changes...


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Thermal insulation  - Energy in the home  We lose energy from the roof, the door, the walls and the windows. In order to reduce electricity bills and pollution, we need to keep energy losses from our homes to a minimum. - Heat loss prevention - curtains Curtains reduce draughts leaving the house. They are opaque and so don’t allow much radiated heat to pass through them. - Heat loss prevention - bricks Most outside walls have an empty space between the 2 layers of bricks called a cavity. This reduces heat loss by conduction through the bricks. Cavity wall foam...


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We are very fortunate to have a collaborative relationship with Dr. Joseph Kerski , the Education Manager from Esri . To advance our work together, he produced a couple short webinars on using GLOBE data in ArcGIS Online and wrote a blog about it too. His presentation "Collecting, Analyzing and Mapping Field Data" can also be found online here . To find out how you can use ArcGIS (at no cost to your school), Esri is a wealth of information. You can start here: http://www.esri.com/industries/education/schools . Don't forget to check out the Dr. Kerski's blog post...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Technology STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Data Included Scientist Skills General News Topics: Video Primary Audience: Partners Students Teachers

ANNOUNCING THE NEXT ENSO PHASE III SHORT OBSERVATION & DATA ANALYSIS (SODA) WEBINAR Wednesday, 28 February 2018 @ 4:00pm EST (9:00 UTC) THE WEBINAR WILL BE AT https://zoom.us/j/7578241037. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO YOU JOINING US FOR THIS WONDERFUL WEBINAR.


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

We have all been dismayed to see the extent of the damage done during the recent landslides that occurred after forest fires had destroyed much of the vegetation, and then intense rain caused a horrific landslide to occur in Montecito. You can read more here about how NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 was able to acquire natural color imagery of the affected region both before and after the landslide occurred, which enables us to observe the impact of this natural disaster on the environment. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission (GPM) measured the...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Technology STEM Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, Webinars, etc) Field Campaigns: El Niño GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate Climate Change GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills 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 Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

As you know, Phase III of the GLOBE ENSO Student Research Campaign is focusing on "Water in Our Environment" through a set of Guiding Investigative Questions. Across our planet, water is used for everything.  Check out this eye-opening Time Series of Global Irrigation and Groundwater Depletion Maps revealing geographical patterns in the use of fresh water for agriculture. The map visualization starts at 1950 and moves all the way through until the projected data to 2082. This visualization shows the importance of water, water availability, and water conservation.


Posted in: Field Campaigns: El Niño Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

"Our traverse is complete, our gear has been stored for next season, and we are ready to head north to warmer climates." Check out the adventures HERE!


Posted in: Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

Hola a toda la Comunidad GLOBE del mundo, aprovechamos este mensaje para saludarlos y expresarles nuestras primeras palabras a través de este blog. Nos alegra mucho ser parte de esta comunidad motivada por formar a los nuevos científicos Sistema Tierra y que tanto necesitamos. En nuestro país venimos promoviendo ello y estamos seguros que muchas más escuelas y profesores han encontrado en GLOBE una herramienta útil para la enseñanza de las ciencias de la Tierra a sus estudiantes. Desde ya estaremos informándoles sobre nuestras novedades. Por ahora estamos traduciendo muchos materiales...


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The hotel and dorm rooms are being reserved across the country for the United States Regional Student Research Symposia (SRS) . The agendas are roughed out. The speakers are confirming. Students are carrying out GLOBE protocols and analyzing data. Teachers are applying for funding to support team travel (due February 1st). All of this gives me a chance to think about the students that have attended the SRS the past two years. GLOBE Partnership coordinators, GIO and I have met some incredible students and teachers. We'll be posting their stories for you to read too. The first one is...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Technology STEM Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills Primary Audience: Teachers

Note: The post below was originally sent out to South Dakota GLOBE trained educators as the Winter E-News ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hello SD GLOBE Educator! I’m touching base briefly with all the GLOBE goodness happening in our state. Data and Stipends Thank you to those who have entered data for the last quarter of 2017. Those who have reported data are Julie Olson, Vikki Hasche, Jane Amiotte, Deb Springman, Robert Stahl, Jonathan Stahl, Patty Martin. If you entered data and are not listed above, please let me know. If you did not get a chance to...


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Let me tell you what is going on in parts of my country. People are cutting trees very brutally and no alternate trees are there. As a result, the weather in Pakistan is changed drastically over the last 5 years. We face smog during winter and its third time that I am facing a worst weather in Lahore in December every year.  What we need is to be a little extra careful when it come to environment. We need to know that being from the same planet, our actions effect each other in good and bad equally. If we are good enough to cultivate a few trees before cutting any, we will have a...


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Satellites can detect and collect a lot of observations in very short amount of time. It is simple to think that anything that is white in an image is a cloud. Well, not always.  Look at these beautiful images taken by the GOES 16 satellite of the recent "Winter Weather Bomb" that left a blanket of snow from South Georgia to New England on January 4, 2018. Click here and watch a loop of images from the GOES 16 satellite for January 4, 2018. GOES 16 Image taken on January 4, 2018 at 171720Z GOES 16 Image taken on January 4, 2018 at 201720Z   ...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research STEM Event Topics: Other GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate General Science GLOBE Protocols Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

As many of us have seen on the news recently , a great many people in southern California were impacted by mudslides last night. We know these dangerous natural disasters occur all over the world. Scientists globally are working hard to be able to better predict these devastating events. You can learn more about the use of NASA's satellite data to detect potential landslides here .  I recently attended a hearing for government officials that focused on the increasing danger we face from landslides and mudslides and wrote this blog that summarized many of the reports...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math Technology STEM Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, Webinars, etc) GLOBE Learning Expeditions Field Campaigns: El Niño GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Scientist Skills 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 Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers Teacher's Guide: Protocol Specific Documents

Here at NASA Langley we've started the year with snow, and lots of it! Has all this snow and weather gotten you hooked on the weather? Do you like to watch the weather reports on TV or on your phone? Dr. Yolanda Shea, a scientist at NASA Langley Research Center, used to do just that when she was younger. See what inspired her and how she became a NASA scientist! Comment and share how this video inspires you! Also, with all this snow on the ground, be sure to submit your cloud reports! Enter your data through GLOBE or use the  GLOBE Observer app and follow...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science Scientist Skills Primary Audience: Country Coordinators Partners Students Teachers Trainers