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For the past three years, the GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) Team at the University of Toledo, Ohio has been teaching and mentoring NASA-SEES high school students across the United States in the study of the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE) and Air Quality. In 2023, the NASA-SEES High School Virtual Internship Program had 20 interns for both the UHIE and Air Quality Groups. During the 6-week virtual training, interns conducted research on the topics of their choice and met virtually three times a week to complete their projects. They also completed weekly assignments. For the UHIE ...


Posted in: Curriculum: EDUCATION RESEARCH STEM   Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION   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   Primary Audience: COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS   Student Research Reports: U.S. STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIA (SRS) MISSION EARTH REPORT


Adopt-a-Pixel | Where does water meet land in my community? Scanning the Area As our first assignment as part of the Earth System Explorers team, we've been tasked with making our first observations using the GLOBE Observer App. The goal was to make 12 total observations (6 Potential Mosquito Habitat & 6 Land Cover).  To be more efficient, I decided to make all of my observations at 6 different still bodies of water. This way I could do a MHM and a LC observation at each location. Before I began, I scouted potential bodies of water on Global Surface Water ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: EARTH AS A SYSTEM LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION MOSQUITOES   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS


I built my mosquito traps on June 20th and ran the experiment until July 15th. I collected a total of 15 observations during this period. To construct the traps I used three identical pots to hold water. The goal of my experiment was to find which type of mosquito bait would be the most effective at attracting and sheltering mosquitos. For the three baits I used dried leaves, grass clippings, and a wooden plank. I chose these three baits because they represent possible real life environments that mosquitos may breed in. The dried leaves simulates a pool of water that does not evaporate ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: HYDROSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION MOSQUITOES   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS


My mosquito trap was definitely a rollercoaster, and with this being the last required update, I still plan on seeing how the traps do after the internship finishes since this has been really interesting. To give some background, I set out three traps around 30-40 yards away from each other around my AOI so I could get an idea of how different areas may yield different results. The first trap was in my backyard, the second trap was in a park close to my house, and the third was by a sidewalk (the pictures I use are from the third trap). The only trap I really had to refill with water was ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: EARTH AS A SYSTEM   Investigation Areas: LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION MOSQUITOES   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS   Student Research Reports: INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM REPORT MISSION MOSQUITO REPORT


Mosquito Trap Week 1 For the mosquito traps, I decided quite early on that my independent variable would be the container. I got 3 different containers; an old tire, a black bucket, and a gallon bottle/container while keeping all other factors the same. I used the same bait and the same amount of water and placed all 3 traps in my backyard behind the shade of the t ​​​​​​​ree. I   decided on using a timeframe of about 5 days to take my samples.  ​​​​ ​​     Week 1: Five days had passed, and it was time to sample the traps. Unfortunately, when I got ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: BIOSPHERE LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION MOSQUITOES   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS   Student Research Reports: INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM REPORT MISSION MOSQUITO REPORT


AOI Fieldwork At first, collecting land cover data for 37 points within my area of interest felt like a daunting task. However, after only a few "expeditions" in the past week, I was able to complete all 37 observations. To make my work easier and more accurate, I intentionally choose an AOI that would contain as many points as possible within a nearby park. This was to ensure that I could access as many points as possible. Despite my best efforts, many of the points still landed in residential properties. This activity actually reminded me how many neighborhoods there are in my ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: HYDROSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION MOSQUITOES   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS   Student Research Reports: INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM REPORT MISSION MOSQUITO REPORT


My fieldwork to map land via the Globe app led me to understand where I live better. Texas is the second-largest U.S. state by both area and population. There are only four deserts in North America, and Texas is home to the Chihuahuan Desert. Texas Land Conservancy [TLC] works to conserve natural areas, protect the physical and ecological integrity of their wildlife habitat and native plant communities, and provide essential endangered species habitat. Texas boasts nearly 300 native tree species and is also home to 85 species of mosquitoes. My areas of interest (AOIs) spanned Williamson ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: EARTH AS A SYSTEM EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE   Investigation Areas: MOSQUITOES   Student Research Reports: INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM REPORT MISSION MOSQUITO REPORT


The September/October/November 2023 NASA GLOBE Clouds Quarterly Update is now available! Find out how to sign up for NASA GLOBE Clouds communications in Spanish. Join our GLOBE Observer Connect series on October 5 at 8pm ET to learn about changes in the atmosphere and animal behaviors during an eclipse. Learn how to create a family emergency plan in case of extreme weather. Check out our “GLOBE Clouds by the numbers” section to see how many observations were made in the last quarter. Meet our expert, GLOBE Clouds Outreach Coordinator Rosalba Giarratano. Finally, learn about extreme heat ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: CLIMATE


  In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with Peder Nelson about generational science and the responsibility we have to future generations to study our changing planet. It takes more than just data to make sense of land change. And while remote sensing scientists work with the deep archive of Landsat and other land data available from the USGS EROS Center, everyone can put themselves on the timeline of Landsat data. Citizen science projects allow anyone to participate in the observations that help us understand the world around us. Details Episode: 96 ...


Posted in: GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN): GLOBE INTERNATIONAL STEM NETWORK (GISN)   Investigation Areas: EARTH AS A SYSTEM BIOSPHERE


"AI and Diplomacy" Panel Discussion moderated by Larisa Schelkin, US GLOBE Partner from Boston, Massachusetts & UNITAR Teaching Faculty with the panelists from the GLOBE Holli Kohl, Project Lead for GLOBE Observer and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/SSAI and Peder V. Nelson, Oregon State University CEOAS; GLOBE Partnership Coordinator; The GLOBE program is recognized as one of the world's leaders in environmental science diplomacy through education. Congratulations to the GLOBE community!


Posted in: Curriculum: SCIENCE AND MATH TECHNOLOGY STEM   Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION   GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN): GLOBE INTERNATIONAL STEM NETWORK (GISN)   GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE PROTOCOLS EARTH AS A SYSTEM SCIENTIST SKILLS MEETINGS/CONFERENCES   GLOBE Working Groups: EVALUATION WORKING GROUP SCIENCE WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP TECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP DEI WORKING GROUP   Learning Activities: ATMOSPHERE AND CLIMATE EARTH AS A SYSTEM LAND COVER/BIOLOGY   News Topics: MEETINGS REGIONS NEWS BRIEFS   Primary Audience: ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS   Teacher's Guide: LANGUAGES


Presentation on February 9, 2023


Posted in: Curriculum: TECHNOLOGY STEM   Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION   GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN): GLOBE INTERNATIONAL STEM NETWORK (GISN)   GLOBE Science Topics: GENERAL SCIENCE SCIENTIST SKILLS


Concerns regarding the impact of global warming on vector-borne diseases have intensified interest in the relationship between atmospheric factors and dengue fever incidence. Global climate change poses the threat of serious social upheaval, population displacement, economic hardships, and environmental degradation. Changes in temperature, rainfall and relative humidity have potential to enhance vector development, reproductive and biting rates, shorten pathogen incubation period and encourage adult longevity. In addition, changes in wind direction, velocity and frequency will have an ...


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When you start writing your GLOBE report for IVSS , it might be difficult because you might not sure where to start. We tend to start writing the Methods section first because it is something you did it yourselves, and it should be relatively easy and straightforward to write. Second, you should write the Results section, do graphs, tables and texts (think of a best way to present your cool data to the whole world). Third, you should start writing the Introduction stating your hypotheses and predictions. The next step would be the Discussion section. It is funny to say but as ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: EARTH AS A SYSTEM   Investigation Areas: MOSQUITOES   Primary Audience: PARTNERS STUDENTS TEACHERS   Student Research Reports: INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM REPORT MISSION MOSQUITO REPORT


Join the NASA GLOBE Clouds team and become GLOBE trained in cloud observations. Learn why clouds are important, how does NASA study clouds, and what are satellite matches. The clouds pacing guides will be used as starting points on how to do cloud observations in your classrooms or educational settings. Sign up today! https://www.globe.gov/get-trained/workshops/workshop/jT1U/161501


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE CLIMATE GLOBE PROTOCOLS   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE CLOUDS EARTH AS A SYSTEM PRECIPITATION   News Topics: REGIONS TRAINING NEWS BRIEFS   Primary Audience: TEACHERS TRAINERS


It was an honor to participate in the NASA GLOBE presentation “The GLOBE Program – an international science and education program that fosters the next generation of STEM professionals and environmental science diplomacy ” at the UN General Assembly Science Summit in 2022. During the session, participants learned about GLOBE, its alignment with SDGs and possible strategies that help in their implementation.  The panelists, one each from the six GLOBE regions (Africa, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and Caribbean, Near East and North Africa, and North America), ...


Posted in: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION   GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN): GLOBE INTERNATIONAL STEM NETWORK (GISN)   GLOBE Science Topics: MEETINGS/CONFERENCES   GLOBE Working Groups: EVALUATION WORKING GROUP SCIENCE WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP DEI WORKING GROUP   Primary Audience: COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS


It was a great honor to participate in the US-Africa Science Collaboration Summit in Washington, DC in December 2022. Appreciate the opportunity to participate in the US-Africa Research Supporting Disabilities (session 14098), The African Institute for Math Sciences: African Youth in the Diaspora & Africa at the forefront of African Scientific Excellent  (session 140077), US-Africa Partnerships in Space (session 14056), US-Africa Science Cooperation: Briefing Hosted by the US National Science Foundation (session 14029). Exciting opportunities for the GLOBE!


Posted in: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION   GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN): GLOBE INTERNATIONAL STEM NETWORK (GISN)   GLOBE Working Groups: EVALUATION WORKING GROUP SCIENCE WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP TECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP DEI WORKING GROUP   Primary Audience: COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS TEACHERS


Professor Mike Jabot, US GLOBE Partner, Distinguished Professor of Science Education at SUNY Fredonia, the GLOBE Northeast/Mid-Atlantic representative to the GLOBE US Partner Forum and Larisa Schelkin, US GLOBE Partner, GISN, IVSS, Global STEM Education Center, Inc (nonprofit in Massachusetts) are teaching at the UN Institute for Training and Research Global Diplomacy Fellowship Program since 2021.


Posted in: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION   GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN): GLOBE INTERNATIONAL STEM NETWORK (GISN)   GLOBE Working Groups: EVALUATION WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP DEI WORKING GROUP   Primary Audience: COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS TEACHERS


Professor Mike Jabot, US GLOBE Partner, Distinguished Professor of Science Education at SUNY Fredonia, the GLOBE Northeast/Mid-Atlantic representative to the GLOBE US Partner Forum and Larisa Schelkin, US GLOBE Partner, GISN, IVSS, Global STEM Education Center, Inc (nonprofit in Massachusetts) have presented together at 25th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education at University of Rhode Island in November 2022.


Posted in: GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN): GLOBE INTERNATIONAL STEM NETWORK (GISN)   GLOBE Working Groups: EDUCATION WORKING GROUP   Primary Audience: COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS TEACHERS


Our partnership has maintained the GLOBE school network  during challenging times of COVID19. We have recruited new schools & nonprofit organizations. Provided online support for teachers during COVID (urgent technical support with online teaching and learning). We are developing new PD for teachers on UNEP GEO-6, on science diplomacy for environmental education, on virtual “exchanges” (short terms and long terms collaboration). Professional development resources: (1) Intercultural Communication & Global Competency (2)Global Teamwork based on How NASA Build Teams 4D Systems ...


Posted in: Primary Audience: COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS TEACHERS


On May 1, 2021, I did a lot of things. Most of them involved staying home, logging in to Microsoft Teams for virtual school, and doing my homework. Little did I know that my life would change that very evening. I logged off from school and opened Outlook to check my email, and I saw it immediately: “Congratulations on your NASA virtual internship!” For the next five months, I was immersed in the life of a scientist. The NASA SEES Internship pushed me to grow and improve my analytical thinking skills, from Ph.D.-level guest lectures to reading through several research papers to actually ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: EARTH AS A SYSTEM EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE   Investigation Areas: EARTH AS A SYSTEM MOSQUITOES   News Topics: NEWS BRIEFS   Primary Audience: ALUMNI PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS   Student Research Reports: INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM REPORT MISSION MOSQUITO REPORT