Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2013/07/03/the-czech-republic-celebrates-globe-through-globe-games/
This week’s blog post is written in coordination between Jessica Mackaro and Dana Votapkova, former Country Coordinator for the Czech Republic. Ms. Votapkova is the project manager and GLOBE consultant for the TEREZA Association, a non-governmental organization for environmental education in the Czech Republic and is a regional help desk officer for the Europe and Eurasia region.
The idea of GLOBE Games was introduced at the 1997 GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE), in Helsinki, Finland. GLEs are student research conferences held every few years to provide GLOBE students the opportunity to present their research projects to their peers. GLOBE Games is a three or four daylong meeting of students and teachers from GLOBE schools. They attend in order to present their project at the students’ conference, receive news about GLOBE, share their experiences, develop new relationships, and have fun. School delegations typically consist of four students and one or two teachers.
After its first year, GLOBE Games was restructured to include additional program components that would be of interest to both teachers and students attending the event. These components include:
The TEREZA Association, a non-profit and non-government organization that encourages and supports cooperation and active community participation in renewal and protection of a healthy environment. TEREZA has hosted GLOBE Games in the Czech Republic for 16 consecutive years. While GLOBE Games is held in the Czech Republic, schools from other countries are always welcome to participate. There are on average 300 students and teachers from approximately 40 Czech schools with an additional 30 to 50 students and teachers from different GLOBE countries participating each year.
GLOBE Games has been a welcome addition to the GLOBE Program in the Czech Republic because of the cooperation between and among schools on research projects and the opportunity for schools to meet once a year. GLOBE Games not only allows students the opportunity to practice GLOBE protocols and present the results of their projects, but also to see old friends and make new ones, to have fun and to promote both national and international cooperation.
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