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The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a science and education program that creates a community of citizen scientists, who – collectively – are helping to promote scientific discovery and science literacy.  

Learners from around the world collect and upload data on the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil/pedosphere. The collaborative body of work is a meaningful contribution to our understanding of the Earth as a system and global environment. To date, more than 146,000,000 measurements have been contributed from 117 partner countries.

The GLOBE Program includes grade level-appropriate, interdisciplinary activities and investigations which are closely aligned to NYSSLS. In addition, GLOBE field campaigns are regional and worldwide projects that provide students with hands-on opportunities while dealing directly with some of sciences most pressing concerns.

GLOBE is enhanced by Earth SySTEM resources. Your classroom will receive support and materials as well as teacher professional development for these components:

  • Earth Observing Satellite Direct Read-out Studio – Direct read-out satellite data from numerous earth observing satellites is collected and analyzed using image analysis software.

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab - GIS skills for viewing and manipulating geo-referenced data are developed, quantified and visually displayed.

  • GLOBE In-Situ and Validation Field Lab – Investigation areas include Earth science and biology topics in atmosphere/climate, hydrology, soil, land cover, and phenology. Technology components utilize GLOBE data sets to create elaborate charts, graphs and maps, comparing student’s findings with other data from around the world examining data critically.

  • Virtual-Reality (VR) Data Visualization Studio – Geospatial thinking is used to develop the virtual reality environments in the classroom. Virtual reality design is used to create three-dimensional worlds that help to visualize and analyze big-data environments.

  • CubeSat Engineering Design Lab – Hands-on challenges bring the process full circle, namely, the design and engineering of an Earth Orbiting Satellite that could acquire data through multiple sensors, transmitting the data, analysis of data through image processing applications, and applying the data through the development of visualization tools, constructing 3D models and image analysis software.

This is an authentic STEM research opportunity for students to partner with NASA, NOAA, NSF and thousands of citizen scientists.

For more information contact: Ms. Simone Ragland, Executive Director at

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