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GLOBE Mission EARTH SATELLITES Student Conference

Posted on May 16, 2017 - 2:24 PM CDT

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Students from Ohio and Michigan Present Findings about their Environment 

On May 3, 2017, 130 students presented 90 research projects at the GLOBE Mission EARTH SATELLITES Student conference at The University of Toledo’s Student Union. This conference, originally named SATELLITES: Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space, has grown over the years; in 2016 there were 82 students presenting 58 projects. 

Through research projects, students answer their own science questions by creating hypotheses, collecting data, analyzing data, drawing conclusions and sharing their results by creating a poster display. Some students chose to use GLOBE protocols and its data on the website to answer their questions. The GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Judges for the conferences were local scientists and teachers in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Cushing, talked about the 2017 Solar Eclipse occurring on August 21, 2017 throughout the United States. Dr. Cushing is the director of the newly renovated Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory at UT. He led a team of researchers who discovered a new type of brown dwarf, called Y-dwarfs, with temperatures that could be as low as 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Students received solar eclipse glasses and were encouraged to collect GLOBE data on that day.