Colorado-Based International Science and Education Program
Students using the GLOBE Cloud Chart to identify clouds (Photo courtesy The GLOBE Program.)
GLOBE works with students, teachers, and scientists worldwide to gather important data for the global Earth science community. As of this fall, students in 107 countries have reported more than 11.5 million scientific measurements they collected using procedures developed by scientists. Some observations are taken daily, while others are one-time events. The most recent event was an international count of contrails (the cirrus clouds formed from water vapor in aircraft exhaust) on October 14-15.
Among the participants are Superior Elementary School and the Alexander Dawson School in Boulder County. (See below for a list of other GLOBE schools along the Front Range.) Fifth-grade teacher Frances Matsumoto of Superior Elementary says her students collect atmospheric data throughout the school year.
"What really got my kids excited was when scientist Matt Rogers from Colorado State University came to our school and talked to over 150 fourth and fifth grade students," says Matsumoto. "He told them how the scientists are drawing conclusions about weather patterns and climate change from the data the students are collecting, how what they're doing is making an impact on the scientific world. When the kids heard it from an actual scientist, they saw the merit of this program. They are so eager to go out there every single day and collect data," she says.
Superior Elementary students are also planning to use the GLOBE Program to exchange environmental and cultural information with their sister school in Nepal, the Surya Boarding School.
"We are honored that GLOBE was chosen from among so many excellent educational programs," says GLOBE program director Craig Blurton. "The prize money will be used to facilitate meetings for our country coordinators who are interested in establishing regional committees," he said.
GLOBE regional consortia engage corporations, governments and their communities to find funding and develop goals and activities according to their regional needs and interests.
UCAR and Colorado State University manage GLOBE under a cooperative agreement with NASA, with support from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of State. Internationally, GLOBE is a partnership between the United States and more than 100 countries.
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