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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 3:00pm ET (8:00pm UTC, 9:00pm CET). Trees: The Lungs of the Earth. Trees are the lungs of our planet. Through photosynthesis they take up carbon dioxide and water and produce oxygen, a process that plays a critical role in the global carbon cycle. Come hear Dr. Erika Podest, a research scientist with the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California USA, discuss the carbon cycle, the role of trees in it, and how...Download
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 @ 2:00pm EST (7:00pm UTC). Trees are Land Cover! Did you that all the trees that you see in your local environment are all part of the local land cover? Land cover data helps us understand how much of or what part of local regions to global locations are covered by landforms, trees and forests, wetlands, impervious surfaces, agriculture, and other land and water types. This webinar will feature Peder Nelson, Researcher and Instructor and GLOBE Observer Land Cover...Download
On October 15, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Scientists Dr. Ann Nguyen and Dr. Nicole Lunning shared an overview of the OSIRIS-REx mission at Bennu and a preview of the TAG (Touch-And-Go) event which occurred on October 20th.
The live event reached ~503 students and ~84 educators with an additional ~650 students and ~270 educators registered to watch the archive. Participants were from 35 states, Washington DC, Mexico, Spain, and...Download
On a bright sunny morning on October 9 on the banks of the Maumee River, teacher Ms. Cynthia Madanski from McKinley STEMM Academy in Toledo Public Schools logs into Google Meets in her 7th grade Google Classroom. She and her students, working remotely, are conducting GLOBE Water Quality tests. Each student is assigned to be the expert on one of the GLOBE protocols and guides her through the process of doing the test. Students answer questions through the live video and participate in polls...Download
- 1,238 teachers/students registered for Red Sox Virtual STEM Day on September 29, 2020 which was led by NASA Goddard's Solar System Exploration Division (SSED).
- The event consisted of a mix of demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and planetary-related videos alongside a live Q&A with Goddard SSED scientists and outreach professionals who answered 82 questions from students in the New England area.
- The program is archived on the Red Sox YouTube channel and has 4,400+ views.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 9:00am EDT (1:00pm UTC, 3:00pm CET): Educators and Students Aligning Greenings and Tree Height: A Collaboration Between the European Phenology Campaign and the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign.
This webinar will highlight the collaboration between both campaigns, with a focus on taking tree height measurements/observations at the same time participants take greenings (green up/green down) measurements. The leads for the European Phenology...Download
Anna MacLennan, a former STEM Enhancement in Earth Science Intern (SEES Class of 2019), was named one of The Mars Generation’s 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award Winners for 2020.
“The Mars Generation’s 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award Winners is comprised of young people from around the world who are breaking barriers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields and bringing the sciences to the public through...Download
Two years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign have passed. Over this time, there have been students and educators from over fifty countries participating in data collection for tree height, land cover, greenings, carbon cycle, among others. During the two years, there have been tens of thousands of data, submitted to the GLOBE database, that align to the campaign. Aligning to the campaign means that the students have collected data, analyzed their data, and developed...Download
NASA STARS en Español developed from a growing need to promote awareness of NASA’s diverse career opportunities for minority populations and highlight Hispanic professionals as role models in STEM careers. It was only appropriate to do it Spanish.
We are excited that CCRI Educator, Alejandro Mundo, will be featured on NASA STEM STARS en Español!
Please join us on Monday 8/10 at 1:30 pm EDT following this link:
Interns at The Learning Center at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute prepared and distributed STEM@Home science kits for homebound students unable to attend summer camp due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Over 100 kits were distributed across western North Carolina to students in grades 6 -12 through the funding and support of cooperative agreement NNX16AB87A.
“Camp Connect” is a month long (July 1 – August 6) interactive distance learning science experience exploring topics ranging...Download
Astromaterials scientist, Liz Rampe, presented a webinar titled “Curiosity Rover Update & Preview of Mars 2020” facilitated by Paige Graff and Suzanne Foxworth. A total of 160 live participants and 100+ archive registrants from 43 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and South Africa were reached by this event. Numerous SMD Science Activation partner audiences were reached including classroom teachers, Solar System Ambassadors, Museum staff, Librarians, Challenger Learning...Download
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 10:00am EDT (2:00pm UTC): The Baobab Trees in South Africa as a Symbol of Life and Positivity: A historical link to humans through medicine and food. The Baobab is a prehistoric species of tree, which predates both mankind and the splitting of the continents over 200 million years ago. Native to the arid African savannah, the Baobab tree has a historical link to humans through medicine and food. Finn Rautenbach, a horticulturist, botanist and former curator at the...Download
Field Trip: Moon
June 12, 1 pm EDT
Join the American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and astrophysicist Jackie Faherty on a live virtual space fight to our Moon. Experience the phases of the Moon as never before and visit landing sites of NASA’s Apollo and Chinese Lunar Exploration programs, including on the far side of the Moon, to find out why these missions play an important role in advancing science on Earth. Discover clues about the...
17 Students and five teachers presented their GLOBE research work virtually on May 19, 2020 in the GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space (SATELLITES) Student Conference. Students who were able and allowed to present virtually did so. Teachers presented student projects for students who were not allowed to due to a school’s policy of not allowing students to present using conferencing software. Research projects were...Download
Aileen Toback, a seventh-grade life science teacher at Heritage Middle School in New Windsor, NY, is also a NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative Educator Ambassador. Ms. Toback has been participating in meetings with NASA scientists and engaged her students in a snowflake classification project which is part of NASA climate change research. Ms. Toback was recently featured on Times Herald-Record.
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GLOBE Mission Earth Webinar: What's a Phenological Garden? Cycles of Life in Your Classroom and Neighborhood, broke previous records in registration, attendance, largest number of international attendees and featuring an international speaker. Over 100 people registered and over 70 attended the webinar on Wednesday, May 20 at 3:00 pm EDT. Starting with the GLOBE Green Up/Green Down Protocol, presenters showcased activities being done by students at schools which can be adapted to home...Download
Beginning on Monday April 27th and running through the end of the school year, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) is giving teachers a break!
Recognizing the tremendous pressure on teachers created by the shift to online learning, the GMRI team opted to find a way to give our teacher partners a break from carrying the load alone. GMRI Home Delivery is a menu of virtual learning experiences adapted from GMRI’s education programs. All of the programs are facilitated by experienced...Download
Oliva Bibler, Roman Azzarello and Neva Hargreaves, three students from Aerospace and Natural Science Academy of Toledo (Ohio), presented their research via zoom at the Hydrology High School Capstone Culminating Event arranged by George Voltz from the NASA Glenn Research Center Education Office.
The research done by these students illustrates the power of mentoring. Dr. Jodi Haney (GLOBE partner Bowling Green State University), Christine Staschiak (Environmental Engineer from NASA Plum...Download
Join the NASA eClips Team, Teacher Advisory Board Members and NASA Partners for hands-on activities to learn more about our home planet!
Invite your students and their families to register and follow along with the presenters in hands-on activities. Each activity will focus on a different aspect of Earth.
Register to join one of the two sessions offered at 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
Christy Wall, New Mexico GLOBE Coordinator for GLOBE Mission EARTH collaborated with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Los Alamos, NM to get students outside using GLOBE during school closures due to COVID-19. PEEC is producing an online series called “Take it Outside” that includes information about a specific phenomenon, craft ideas for kids, and outdoor challenges. The goal of this series is to provide parents with ideas to keep their students engaged in science as...Download
What can YOU do to not make your neighborhood so HOT? Next Steps
Presenting your research
GLOBE Mission EARTH Announces Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign Webinars 2019-2020
Welcome to the LAST webinar of the school year supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo. The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern Time and registration is required at
CCRI Educator, Elizabeth Sebastian, will lead a conversation about urban heat islands and the comprehensive unit plan she developed. The unit plan “The Heat is On: Urban Heat Islands, detection strategies, and mitigation solutions” uses innovative technology to understand the changing climate in urban areas and create solutions to the ongoing environmental problems in cities. The unit utilizes a variety of resources, such as NASA EOSDIS Worldview, Terra MODIS data, GLOBE, NASA Scientific...
Explore Earth: CCRI - Wetlands
6:00 pm ET (3:00 pm PT)
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades 9-12
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University in conjunction with NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is providing a 1-hour webinar.
Join us in a conversation about Wetlands. Learn about a newly released comprehensive unit plan for students in grades 9-12 that...
Congratulations to all GLOBE Mission Earth-West schools who participated in the 2019 data challenge. A total of nine schools entered over 900 GLOBE measurements!
A special congratulations to Met Sacramento’s teacher, Jon Thackery, who’s class entered 518 data measurements with the GLOBE Observer App.
Close runner-up's include:
•Skyridge Elementary: Juliet Hamilton’s & April Johnstone’s classes for entering 219 data measurements.
•ASCEND Charter: Jessica Kunz’s classes for...Download
Let’s see what is making your neighborhood so HOT.
Visualizing the GLOBE UHIE-Surface Temperature data you collected.
GLOBE Mission EARTH Announces Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign Webinars 2019-2020
This is the THIRD webinar in the series supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo. The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern Time and...