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The GLOBE International Scientist Network Doubles in Size

GISN

The GLOBE International Scientist Network (GISN) has nearly doubled in the past year! The GISN is an international network of scientists who work with GLOBE students around the world. Scientists join the GISN to connect with the GLOBE community, through such activities and endeavors as visiting a GLOBE school, judging student research at virtual science fairs, learning new ways to conduct outreach, proposing field campaigns, and conducting scientific investigations with GLOBE data.

Originally launched in 2007, the GISN now (as of June 2015) has 226 members representing all six GLOBE regions and disciplines. GIO attributes the following actions to the increase of participants:

  • conducting a needs assessment survey to participating scientists in the Visiting Scientists Program (VSP), which led to VSP participants joining GLOBE;
  • creating a process for NASA observing satellite scientists to become GISN members (including working one-on-one to support the use of the blog tool on the GLOBE website);
  • establishing and fostering partnerships to promote joining the GISN (such as through UCAR’s Climate Voices, Fulbright, and other similar programs);
  • conducting outreach through GLOBE newsletters and social media platforms;
  • creating a process for incoming email inquiries regarding the GISN; and
  • reviewing and altering the criteria for the GISN in regards to years of experience required to encourage early career scientists and engineers at NASA to join the group.

In 2014-2015, GIO also conducted a series of GISN webinars to showcase stories of GISN scientists, and to provide pathways for new GISN members. You can access the recordings and links to PowerPoint for these webinars on the GLOBE website.  Examples include:

  • Webinar #1 “The Nuts and Bolts of Using GLOBE to do Outreach and Education” – In this webinar, GIO explained the basics of GLOBE and the GISN, including: how to partner with GLOBE; how to use globe.gov to connect with GLOBE members; how to participate in the GISN; how to write and post a blog for globe.gov; and how to propose a field campaign.
  • Webinar #2: “How to Use GLOBE Earth System Science Data in Your Research and Teaching” – In this webinar, four GLOBE partners discussed how to use GLOBE data and visualization in research and as a teaching tool for undergraduate science classes.
  • Webinar #3: “How to do Outreach” – In this webinar, Dr. Julie Malmberg presented sample outreach activities for classroom engagement in K-12 and undergraduate settings, including SciGirls and GLOBE materials.

 

Making the "Data Count"

Data Count

As a citizen science program, data collection is the foundation of The GLOBE Program. And it takes every village (and town and city and community) to contribute the scientific and environmental measurements that help GLOBE fulfill its mission to promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery.

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, and GLOBE's 20th Anniversary, the GLOBE Program focused attention on this core element of the Program – data (collection and entry) – by spotlighting schools that have submitted the greatest number of measurements in their region over the years and schools that participated in the week-long Data Entry Challenge (held over the course of the week of Earth Day, 20-24 April).

During the Data Entry Challenge, more than 160,000 measurements were added to the GLOBE database. The measurements included both those collected during the week, and those from years past that were not previously entered into the database.

2015 GLOBE Games in Czech Republic

GLOBE Ball

With a special celebratory focus on The GLOBE Program’s 20th Anniversary, GLOBE Games 2015 were held in Prague (at Kunratice Elementary School). This year’s event, which ran from 28 to 31 May 2015, also celebrated 20 years of the GLOBE Games. Teachers and students from all over the Czech Republic, as well as from neighboring Germany, Poland, and Slovakia (even though it is not yet a GLOBE country), came together to share experiences, research, make new friends, and have fun.

The event kicked off with the traditional rolling of the "globe" through the streets. Since the host school is in Prague, the rolling event took place in Prague; and what better place to begin than in Prague’s Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí)! Participants were led by students carrying a GLOBE and TEREZA banner, followed by musicians and hundreds of students, teachers, scientists, alumni, and other GLOBE participants rolling the globe. Carrying photos, flags, and signs, the procession worked its way through small roads filled with fascinated tourists, with everyone stopping at one point to bounce the globe into the air in front of Ovocný trh (Fruit Market) in Prague's old town (near the national theatre).

A short celebration of the anniversary of The GLOBE Program and the GLOBE Games then took place at a local theater, with singing, introductory comments, and a retrospective of GLOBE Game photos and activities – and ending with the entire group joined in to sing the song, “GLOBE!”

Following the official opening ceremonies at the Kunratice Elementary School, participants began filling their days with group discussions and interactions, student presentations, poster sessions, and entertainment.

The final day of the GLOBE Games, Saturday, consisted of a day out in the local forest, testing navigation and detective skills in solving an ancient mystery. Closing ceremonies, which included student exhibitions, were held in the evening.

GLOBE’s New Teacher’s Guide

Teacher's Guide

In 2015, The GLOBE Program successfully launched the newest edition of the Teacher’s Guide. Originally developed in 1995, the Teacher’s Guide has always been a core component of the Program – containing all of the information necessary for teachers to successfully implement GLOBE activities in their schools.

The newest edition of the GLOBE Teacher's Guide is an online collection of background information, protocols (data-collection procedures), and learning activities organized by Earth spheres: Atmosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere, and Soil (Pedosphere).

Over the last 20 years, four major editions of GLOBE’s Teacher’s Guide have been published. In 2011-2012, the National Science Foundation (NSF) convened a panel of experts to review the Teacher’s Guide – investigation area by investigation area – and concluded that although the science content of the protocols were relevant some minor updates were necessary.

Based on specific NSF panel recommendations, materials and training guidelines were updated. As sections were completed by GIO staff, as well as a number of expert authors and editors, NASA Langley Research Center staff completed the process of meta-tagging the documents. In addition to text updates, the new Teacher’s Guide features:

  • new visualization tools and images;
  • the use of a standardized font: Arial (which is publically available for free use);
  • updated protocols and learning activities; and
  • a more logical presentation of materials.

The GLOBE Program is pleased to offer this updated and enhanced edition of the Teacher’s Guide to the GLOBE community. The new Teacher’s Guide can now even more effectively serve as a core component of the GLOBE journey into inquiry-based science and education.

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