[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]
Q: How many student data collectors does it take to measure and record 21 million scientific measurements?
A: 1.5 million students in the GLOBE network!
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is described as:
a worldwide, hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA and NSF Earth System Science Projects in study and research about the dynamics of Earth’s environment.
GLOBE includes 54,000 teachers and 23,000 schools (from 111 countries around the world). One of those teachers is Kaplan University’s own Woman in Science and adjunct faculty member, Rosemary Rowe. Rosemary completed her Master’s thesis working with student data from the GLOBE program generating land cover maps which are used in Natural Resource Management to determine how land cover changes over time.
Students, teachers, scientists and community members alike can join the international GLOBE community.