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Water in the West - A CIRES webinar
Of special interest to our GLOBE Partners in Colorado and the western United States, this notice from our supporters at CIRES: The first in a new four-part webinar series kicks off on October 16 at 4:30 MT with Climate Change and Water in the West Part One: Challenges for the Colorado River Basin.  >>

Encourage your students to enter the 2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition
The GLOBE 2014 Calendar Art Competition is currently underway and the deadline has been extended to 15 October. Encourage your students to express themselves and send us an illustration about what makes their local environment unique.  >>

Tribute to GLOBE from Student in the Dominican Republic
Yamila Franco, a GLOBE student of Dr. Maria Lorraine de Ruiz-Alma, Headmistress of the Notre Dame School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is about to embark on an exciting new journey.  >>

Texas Students Make Science Lessons a Global Affair
"On Friday night, when most high school students in Tyler, Texas, were going home from a football game, three girls in Hawkins had a different plan. Allyson Edwards, Hope Hughes and Madison Jaco, all Hawkins High School students, intended to Skype students in India to talk about research," writes Emily Guevara of the Tyler Morning Star Newspaper in Tyler, Texas. Learn more about the collaboration to analyze soil characteristics involving students in Tyler and in New Delhi, India, and the girls' trip to Maryland with science teacher Audra Edwards to present their findings at the 2013 GLOBE Student Research Exhibition.  >>

September 2013 News Brief
All the latest news in one place... Read the September 2013 GLOBE News Brief.  >>

Community Spotlight - Marcy Seavey
The love of learning and passion for doing GLOBE has long been part of Marcy Seavey's life. Currently, she is Program Director for the Iowa Academy of Science and she coordinates the GLOBE Partnership and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) and provides staff support for the Iowa Junior Academy of Science and the Iowa science teaching section of the Academy.  >>

Sixth Annual Siemens 'We Can Change The World' Challenge
The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for K-12 students in the United States. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. Beginning August 13, 2013 through March 4, 2014, teams from across the country will be challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities.  >>

From GLOBE Star Student to GLOBE Star Teacher
From GLOBE star student to GLOBE star teacher Through the eyes of a teacher, seeing a star pupil go on to inspire other students through teaching is a source of joy and pride. This is the case for Peggy Foletta, who recently retired after chairing the science department at Kingsburg High School in Fresno County, Calif., for 28 years and handed off the teaching reins of the program to an instructor who was one of her brightest students. During her 37-year tenure as a teacher, Foletta stumbled upon a NASA educational program, which she thought could make a positive impact on her students' learning process. In 1995, Foletta brought the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, GLOBE for short, program to Kingsburg. GLOBE is a worldwide, hands-on science and education program. During the week of Aug. 12–16, more than 250 teachers and students from more than 25 countries will gather in Hyattsville, Md., to share their experiences implementing GLOBE in their schools and to plan collaborative projects in the coming year. The students also will showcase their research projects. The teachers and students will talk to NASA Earth scientists, as well as conduct and receive training in GLOBE science protocols at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., to take back into their classrooms across the world. Reeling in students globally with in-the-field scientific measurements, GLOBE could harness an interest in science and turn it into a passion. "Students learn to investigate scientific questions like actual scientists so, using specific protocols that allow them to compare data through time and across physical geography around the world," Foletta said. "It leads them to wonder about what they observe, which leads to questions and investigations generated by students themselves that mimic the way scientists tackle outstanding scientific problems." She believes students who observe and understand their environment learn to value it and strive to preserve it. During Foletta's tenure at Kingsburg, she crossed paths with a student in an advanced-placement biology class, Leigh-Ann Olsen. Olsen was a high school junior when she began participating in GLOBE. Foletta remembers Olsen as being "talented" and a "go-to" person during many different projects. "She had a good background in many areas of science and knew more geology and astronomy than the others," Foletta said. Foletta recalls being involved in two partnerships with NASA. Olsen participated in both. One in particular was about air quality in the valley surrounding their hometown. This became Olsen's focus as a GLOBE student. "Leigh-Ann was the epitome of a GLOBE star student," Foletta said. "Who better to become a GLOBE star teacher?" Nearly two decades after first working with GLOBE, Foletta has moved her things out of her Kingsburg science classroom, and Olsen is moving in. The student has now become the teacher. "It was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to do this at some point in my career," said Olsen, who now has a degree in biology. "This last year, I had the opportunity to apply for the biology position opened due to Peggy's retirement, and I took it." Taking the position just made sense to Olsen. "Peggy really stretched my brain, and got me out in the field," she said. "Getting me out into the world, doing real science, taking data and analyzing it helped to cement it all for me." Olsen hopes many of her future students will feel the same way. As for her teaching goals, Olsen wants to awaken their understanding of science. "I want them to know that science isn't only about reading a book or working in a lab," Olsen said. "There are so many other things to become involved in, and GLOBE is a great gateway to those opportunities." As for Foletta, she isn't saying farewell to GLOBE just yet. She currently serves as coordinator of the Central San Joaquin Valley GLOBE Partnership and as a highly ranked GLOBE trainer. She has served at more than 50 training events around the United States and in Germany. Foletta is also on the GLOBE Education Committee. To learn more about GLOBE, visit Crystal Garner NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.  >>

Virginia Teacher Turns Cooper Cougars into GLOBE Kids
Virginia Teacher Turns Cooper Cougars into GLOBE Kids July 31, 2013 Students at Cooper Elementary Magnet School in Hampton, Va., are on their way to collecting and sharing science data with other kids around the world with The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. Cooper Elementary Magnet School students One of the second grade cooperative groups at Cooper Elementary Magnet School designing a water collection container, inspired by their GLOBE storybook, "Discoveries at Willow Creek." Image Credit: Shirley Sypolt The Mystery of the Missing Hummingbirds The GLOBE storybook series follows the same set of characters throughout each book. Character adventures address key science concepts such in ares such as clouds, soil and water. The book pictured above describes bird migration patterns. Image Credit: The GLOBE program Last fall at the Virginia Association of Science Teachers Conference, Shirley Sypolt, a teacher at Cooper Elementary, discovered one of GLOBE's free educational resources – a series of children's storybooks that introduce Earth system science concepts to elementary students. "I thought the books were nice, colorful and had good science content. While I was sitting there listening to the presentation, I was writing notes on how I would use them in my school," explained Sypolt. Giving the presentation on GLOBE's storybooks was Jessica Taylor, a GLOBE trainer at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. NASA is a partner of GLOBE, which is a worldwide hands-on science and education program. The storybooks cover science topics that correlate to National Science Education Standards, National Geography Standards, and the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics for kindergarten through fifth grade. The story plots range from studying soil to studying clouds, and teachers are encouraged to read the story with their students and complete the science activities suggested in the books, which require no special instrumentation. "Literacy and science skills complement each other. For example, it's important to teach students about the idea of cause and effect in terms of reading comprehension. In science, we are also looking at cause and effect, just in a different context. In both areas, these storybooks inspire inquiry and investigation," explains Taylor. Sypolt saw the same value in the books and arranged to have a class set made available for each grade level at her school. The books and teacher supplies were funded through a Hampton Education Foundation grant through Hampton City Schools that Sypolt received. In the spring, the storybooks were officially implemented at Cooper Elementary, with an elementary GLOBE book being read at each grade level. The result, according to Sypolt, was a great success. "We would like our school to become a GLOBE school, and this was a great introduction. The teachers did an amazing job getting active with it and the students loved it," said Sypolt. Cooper Elementary Magnet School teachers went beyond the storybooks to also require each grade level to complete a STEM project. Kindergarteners and first graders, after reading about bird migration, designed and built bird feeders. "These students were told to watch for hummingbirds over the summer, and when they return in the fall we will talk about their observations," explained Sypolt. After the second graders read their storybook about water monitoring, they wanted to study a tributary of Tide Mill Creek, which runs beside their school. "We took the kids out to explore the creek, and their project was to design and build water collecting containers. They used all kinds of different plastic bottles, including milk containers, and 2-liters. The project showed the students not just how to study water, but how to collect that water safely," explained Sypolt. Other projects included creating a 3-D mural representing the different types of clouds, designing and constructing scoops for collecting and studying soil, and even staging a play to act out various processes on Earth. "Eventually I would love to see them collect more data," said Taylor. "These storybooks can be powerful because they ease teachers and students into the content. Once they are comfortable with the books, they might want to start collecting data following the GLOBE protocols." Taylor and Sypolt share a common vision. Cooper Elementary has already purchased instruments through a grant to put a weather station in place for weather and cloud monitoring. Sypolt also hopes to have teachers trained in the soil and water protocols so that future students can begin collecting observations and contributing their research to GLOBE's international data repository. "Our ultimate goal is to get our students collecting real science data and entering their data on computers. They are growing up with technology, and they are naturals at it. On the computer, they will be able to look at data coming in from kids all over the world," said Sypolt. The GLOBE storybooks are freely available online in multiple languages, and they are available for print or for digital slideshows. For information on the storybooks and related lessons and activities, visit: Jennifer LaPan NASA Langley Research Center  >>

Community Spotlight - Jennifer Bourgeault
Working in a collaborative and strategic fashion with the GLOBE Program Office (GPO), United States Country Coordinator Jennifer Bourgeault is finding new and innovative ways to connect with Partners and provide them with the necessary tools to make their experience working with GLOBE more engaging and meaningful.  >>