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NASA Scientists and Worldwide Science Educators Gather For Weeklong Hands-On Investigation of Earth

L to R: Paula King, dean; John McLaughlin, Christos Michalapoulos, NOAA; Tony Murphy, NCSEE; Jill Karsten, NSF; Ming-Ying Wei, Jack Kaye, NASA.
L to R: Paula King, dean; John McLaughlin, Christos Michalapoulos, NOAA; Tony Murphy, NCSEE; Jill Karsten, NSF; Ming-Ying Wei, Jack Kaye, NASA.
Photo by Julie Michener.

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program and St. Catherine University opened the 16th Annual GLOBE Partner Meeting Sunday evening. The meeting runs through Friday, July 20.

This year’s meeting is being hosted by the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University with the theme,GLOBE and STEM: Building a Global Community of Citizen Scientists­­.”

Paula King, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business and Leadership, welcomed the scientists, teachers and students from 24 nations and 21 states who will share best practices in science education from around the world.

The Annual GLOBE Partners Meeting is one of the few events worldwide that brings together a global network of scientists, K-12 students and teachers to engage in best practices, knowledge sharing, professional development and training related to science and education.

The meeting celebrates the mission of The GLOBE Program to empower students to not only learn about science – but do science.

For the first time in GLOBE history, students from a variety of countries and states who have conducted research will make poster presentations during the evening receptions, 6-8 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, July 16 and 17 at the Crown Plaza Minneapolis West, Bloomington. They will stand alongside teacher research projects both evenings.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the University’s St. Paul campus will become the GLOBE lab where meeting attendees will conduct hands-on scientific investigations and training in the field.

More about GLOBE

Serving 58,000 GLOBE trained teachers and 1.5 million students from 112 countries, the GLOBE Program is an international science and education program that connects students, teachers and scientists from around the world to better understand, sustain and improve Earth’s environment at local, regional and global scales. 

GLOBE trains teachers around the world in hands-on research activities called “Protocols” that the teachers can use as a tool for implementing interdisciplinary study supporting Earth science education at all grade levels. Through the Protocols, students take scientific measurements of the Earth and then upload the data to the worldwide GLOBE database thus creating global data sets that can be accessed and used by scientists from anywhere in the world. The program seeks to foster student interest in science and scientific discovery and encourages the next generation of scientists. 

July 16, 2012 by Julie Michener

See also: Faculty, STEM