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GLOBE Mission Earth connecting with the International GLOBE Community!

GLOBE Mission Earth connecting with the International GLOBE Community!

GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) extends its reach to students in the GLOBE community whenever possible. Here are just three current examples of their work with students in England, Malta and Thailand.


On Friday May 6th, students participating in the GDST Space Technology Programme from Sutton High School, Sheffield High School and Oxford High School congregated at GDST Trust Office in Westminster for their end of year student conference. The students presented their outcomes from exploring space science requirements and Python-based programming projects focusing on NASA Earth data correlation and analysis, physical motion sensor pattern classification and remote environmental sensor and imager data collection for AI processing. A guest panel made up of space industry professionals, who delivered resources and online presentations to the group at different stages during the year, attended to offer feedback. The panel included Elizabeth Joyner of Earth Science Data Systems out of NASA HQ, Dr Bradley Hegyi and Angela Rizzi of My NASA Data (NASA Langley Research Center), Dr Kevin Czajkowski of NASA GLOBE Mission Earth (University of Toledo) from GME. The Programme was created to bridge common foundation skills needed between the space sector engineering and computer science. The Programme portfolio website is: https://sites.google.com/sut.gdst.net/gdst-space-technology/gdstspacetechnology.

Dr. Czajkowski and John Moore served as mentors to the students participating in the GDST Space Technology Programme from November 2021 to April 2022. The connection was made when Ms. Nicola Buttigieg attended an online presentation about using My NASA Data (https://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov) given by Elizabeth Joyner (NASA Langley) in 2021. Ms. Buttigieg has used NASA Earth Data via My NASA Data with Python in her coursework last school year with much success and was encouraged to build out her courses for consideration at a national level for a formal K-12 audience. Ms Buttigieg received a teaching award from NASA for excellence in 21st Century teaching and learning in the fields of Earth Observation, Data and Computer Sciences.



Dr. Kevin Czajkowski attended virtually The GLOBE COOLING DOWN Students Investigation on May 25 at 11:00 am (Malta time)/5:00 am EDT. As the leader of the Urban Heat Island Effect-Surface Temperature Campaign for GLOBE, students were excited to have Dr. C’s feedback on their studies of urban heat island in different areas of Malta. Dr. C, in his closing remarks, encouraged the students to continue studying the impact of urban heat island in their local communities. The following five projects were presented by students: GLOBE COOLING DOWN Students Investigation, Zejtun Secondary; Is a Tent the Best Solution to Cool Down a Yard?, St. Joseph School; Comparing Artificial Turf and Natural Grass Surface Temperatures, B’Kara Primary School; Towards integrating the GLOBE COOLING DOWN Students Investigation in the Geography coursework option for MATSEC; and Comparing Surface Temperature Readings across the Maltese Islands, Zejtun Primary School and Gozo Middle School. The number of GLOBE schools in Malta has expanded from nine to nineteen this year!

Nature Trust-FEE Malta has organized the annual Young People’s Summit for the past 16 years to prepare for the Annual Young people’s Eco Schools Parliament which occurs in June. Eco Schools is an international program bringing together over 20 million students worldwide. The Virtual summit was held with the support of the Maltese Ministry of Education, Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning, Ambient Malta, HSBC Malta Foundation, Transport Malta, and Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Malta.






Dr. Mullica Jaroensutasinee, professor at the School of Science at Walailak University in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, connected with Dr. Czajkowski to have Orranan Chuachart, an undergraduate Walailak University student, to study at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio over the summer. Olawale Oluwafemi, a Ph.D student, will serve as her mentor. Orranan will spend 6 weeks on campus and at the Lake Erie Research Center studying urban heat island using in-situ observations and remotely sensed images.