Benefits of Joining GLOBE

Whether you are a teacher, school administrator, education official, or scientist, GLOBE has a number of benefits that can help you meet your objectives.

In essence, The GLOBE Program is a science and education collaboration that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the global environment and climate.

Benefits for Teachers:

  • GLOBE connects students, teachers, scientists and other citizens from around the world to conduct real, hands-on science in their communities.
  • GLOBE includes a variety of grade level-appropriate, interdisciplinary activities and investigations aligned to national and state educational standards, which integrate easily with curriculum.
  • GLOBE's activities address scientific topics relating to the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and pedosphere (soil), and vary in complexity, allowing them to fit into virtually any grade level curriculum.
  • GLOBE's elementary, or primary, science program provides an accessible platform for teaching hands-on science, inquiry, observation and data collection.
  • GLOBE's secondary program delves into practices of science including data analysis, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
  • GLOBE provides a springboard into research projects such as science fair projects, afterschool activities, and honors projects. It's also an excellent tool for engaging students not previously interested in science.
  • GLOBE materials are available in a range of languages, and the program makes more languages available to all as the community provides translations.

Benefits for School Administrators and Education Officials:

  • GLOBE includes a variety of age-appropriate science activities and investigations, which integrate into your curriculum.
  • GLOBE engages students in collaborative, community-based research and activities that help them learn about the local environment as well as how it connects to the global environment. 
  • GLOBE's training program prepares teachers to conduct fieldwork activities and apply those lessons inside the classroom. GLOBE's activities, designed by the scientific community and validated by teachers, demonstrate student engagement and inquiry.
  • GLOBE provides training opportunities that help teachers heighten their passion for science and network with their peers around the world.
  • GLOBE materials are available in a range of languages, and the program makes more languages available to all as the community provides translations.

Benefits for Scientists:

  • Working with GLOBE provides scientists with the opportunity to contribute to science education in schools and other learning centers. Scientists can propose projects or get involved with an international audience of educators and students.
  • In addition, GLOBE's data are available for analysis by scientists in environmental and climate study.
  • GLOBE protocols and practices, used to generate data, are developed by the scientific community.
  • GLOBE's database contains 127 million measurements, including data generated by automated testing stations, and by students in the schools of trained GLOBE teachers. Teachers receive training in conducting protocols and generating data that are rigorous, calibrated and precise.
  • Major organizations consider GLOBE's data scientifically valid. For example, NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission (SMAP) is using GLOBE data to validate the satellite's findings.
  • The GLOBE Program sparks students' interest in science careers by exposing them to the practices of science and helping them learn about the environment around them.