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April 2016 GLOBE News Brief

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18 - 24 April 2016

  Get ready for the 2016 Data Entry Challenge! 

The Challenge will take place during Earth Week, 18 - 24 April. We want to see the numbers on data-entry skyrocket that week... so plan to enter new data or old. 
The Data Entry Challenge is an ongoing effort to encourage you to enter new data as well as the data that have been collected but not yet entered into the GLOBE database. All data are as important now as they were on the day they were collected. They still count!  If you have sheets of data that have never been entered into the GLOBE database, we encourage you to report them during the Data Entry Challenge.
This year, during the week of 18 - 24 April, we will recognize: 

  • Schools entering the most data
  • Schools entering the most data using the mobile app.

Read more about this year's Data Entry Challenge, here



International Virtual Science Fair Update

The GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) wants to thank the GLOBE students who submitted projects for the upcoming International Virtual Science Fair. We received a record-breaking 101 student research projects!

Judging is now underway by scientists of the GLOBE International Virtual Scientists Network (GISN) and GIO science staff.

On Earth Day, 22 April, GIO Director Dr. Tony Murphy will conduct a drawing to award stipends to a few lucky students who qualify by having submitted their projects according to all requirements. The stipends will help defray the cost of attending  the 2016 GLOBE Annual Meeting and Student Research Experience In Colorado this summer. More information coming soon! 

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2016 GLOBE Annual Meeting Update   

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Thinking about attending the 2016 GLOBE Annual Meeting in Colorado, USA this summer? Registrations are starting to come in. You'll want to get yours in soon too, as rooms in the conference hotel are limited. Estes Park is a wonderful summertime resort at one of the entry points into the very popular Rocky Mountain National Park. A fabulous setting for what promises to be a really fun and educational international GLOBE gathering. 

Opportunities for Teachers


GLOBE Training through Eco-Schools

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Eco-Schools USA, the U.S. branch of Eco-Schools global, is currently offering a free online course opportunity for any U.S. teacher who plans to take part in the Eco-Schools  program with students in grades K-12 and who wants to become GLOBE-trained. Read more about this opportunity here.

Summer Opportunity for U.S. Teachers

Join "SATELLITES" (Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space) in a 5-day workshop on geospatial technology. climate change and student research projects at the University of Toledo, in Ohio. Read more here

Davis Automated Weather Station Update


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You may have seen this reminder before, but it warrants repeating. If you have a Davis automated weather station or are considering one, now you can send your daily weather data to GLOBE using Davis Instruments' IP or subscription service. Read details about this important upgrade here.

If you have any type of automated instrument, it's good to double check that your data are being sent to the GLOBE database. 

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Earth Day! 22 April 

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Having begun operations on Earth Day 1995, GLOBE turns 21 this year!  Join us, on 22 April, as we celebrate with some special events. Don't miss this year's live Google Hangout, for reports from all the regional offices highlighting what's new in our worldwide community. 

If your students entered the International Virtual Science Fair, you'll want to tune in to watch as Dr. Tony Murphy conducts a drawing to award stipends to attend the 2016 GLOBE Annual Meeting and Student Research Experience to students who qualify for the drawing by having submitted their International Virtual Science Fair projects properly. 

Times and login for the Google Hangout will be determined and announced as a news item on the homepage soon. For more information about Earth Day 2016, click here

United States Regional Science Fairs

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GLOBE students, teachers and their local GLOBE partnerships took part in the first U.S. Regional Science Fair on 10-11 March 2016 at NASA Goddard in Greenbelt, Maryland. Thirty students from seven states exhibited a dozen research projects. You can view photos and a video of the event on the GLOBE website. 

Learn more about the six face-to-face regional science fairs. The U.S. Pacific Regional Science Fair  will take place on 29-30 April at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasedena, California.


Congratulations to the 18 GLOBE countries celebrating anniversaries of successful GLOBE implementation during the month of April:

Tanzania - 19 years 
01 April 1997

Norway - 21 years 
05 April 1995

Canada - 19 years 
07 April 1997

Romania  - 21 years 
11 April 1995

Croatia - 21 years 
12 April 1995

Kuwait - 17 years 
12 April 1999

Chile - 18 years 
16 April 1998

Austria - 21 years 
20 April 1995

Czech Republic - 21 years
20 April 1995

Australia - 21 years 
21 April 1995

South Korea - 21 years 
21 April 1995

Uruguay - 21 years 
21 April 1995

Bolivia - 21 years 
22 April 1995

Costa Rica - 20 years 
22 April 1996

Ecuador - 20 years 
22 April 1996

Poland - 19 years 
22 April 1997

Switzerland - 18 years 
22 April 1998

Benin - 21 years 
28 April 1995

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