SRS, Professional Development and Classroom Visits for the Boston University Mission EARTH Team

Kathleen JohnsonKathleen Johnson writes about Boston University's 2019 -2020 GLOBE highlights, including hosting the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic SRS, an interesting professional development model, and working with GLOBE students!



The Boston University GLOBE Mission EARTH Team works to support the teachers that we partner with in the Providence, RI public school system. This year, we have welcomed four new schools to our community; this includes two new elementary schools and two new high schools. We currently work with six elementary schools, two middle schools, and three high schools to introduce and facilitate the incorporation of GLOBE and NASA assets into their classrooms. 

GLOBE Northeast SRS Kite FlyingThis past academic year, our team had the honor of hosting the 2019 Northeastern/Mid Atlantic GLOBE SRS, welcoming over 140 attendees, including 80 students from throughout the region. We were extremely impressed with each poster and the professional presentations these students had prepared. Friday’s SRS attendees participated in a kite flying challenge to estimate their kite’s lift and to calculate their kite’s altitude. We also welcomed guest speaker, Kevin Ivey, a high school senior and GLOBE student, to share his experience interning for NASA Langley during our Friday dinner. Saturday, all of the students were given a GLOBEcaching challenge to locate caches and complete the GLOBE field measurement task assigned in each cache. Overall, it was a very successful event.

This summer, our team hosted two professional development workshops to support the teachers we partner with. The first workshop was held in June and was explicitly for the “Master” teachers who have partnered with is during the past year and have implemented GLOBE curriculum in their classrooms. The second workshop was held in July and included both experienced GLOBE teachers and new GLOBE teachers interested in incorporating GLOBE activities and curriculum into their classrooms. During the week-long July workshop, experienced teachers shared their insights and experiences using GLOBE in their classrooms. Experienced and new teachers worked together to plan long-term, standards-aligned projects utilizing GLOBE/NASA data and resources and incorporate these projects into their annual curriculum maps. A majority of projects include plans for multi-classroom collaboration and some of the projects involve multi-school collaborations and data sharing.

As we have recently begun classroom visits, we have had the pleasure of meeting some of our new and experienced GLOBE student scientists, learning these students' "I wonders" about clouds and the weather, and working with these students doing cloud observations, investigating fall phenology in the garden, and practicing leaf rubbings to get ready for green-down observations. Some classrooms are already beginning collecting project-based data and observations including 2nd grade weather-tracking projects, 4th grade green-down projects, 5th grade long-term clouds and temperature tracking, and a high school local water quality study.

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