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Your Partner Forum Member:

Tina Harte, NASA Langley, Hampton, Virginia, 

Regional Highlights: 

NASA Langley’s 'GLOBE Goes to Camp' Returns to Camp Discovery Summer of 2020

Camp student does GLOBEEven in the midst of COVID restrictions, Camp Discovery in Blythewood, SC still provided their campers and families with a GLOBE Camp Experience. During one of their outreach events they worked with families, inviting them for socially distancing picnics with each family having their own square of the camp from which to learn about the GLOBE Observer app. Families had the opportunity to collect tree height measurements and make cloud observations, while learning how they could precipitate in citizen science as a family. 

Year 3 of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Begins 1 September 2020

With participants from over fifty countries, the campaign includes students, educators, citizen scientists, subject matter experts, and scientists from six continents. The campaign focuses on tree height, with a close relationship with land cover, greenings, and carbon cycle. Learn more here. 

Regional Events and Trainings:

  • U.S. GLOBE Weekly Watercoolers. Join the U.S. GLOBE community every Thursday at 4:10p ET to connect and share resources. Includes presentations from GLOBE Partners and/or Teachers! Register to join all Watercoolers here. 
    • October 15th - Amy Barfield, GIO, will give a general overview of what is new this year for the IVSS and share some important dates.
    • October 29th - Hear from the MyTree USDA Forest Service team on this neat tool that estimates the benefits your trees provide!
  • NASA Goddard will be conducting a professional development and GLOBE training in collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation and Arlington County, VA Public Schools. The course and available on the National Wildlife Federation website, is now open, and will remain open through October 15, 2020. 
  • NASA Langley's GLOBE partnership with the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), collaborated via Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Science Activation projects to provide professional development to fourth grade teachers in Portsmouth Public Schools. Twenty-two teachers became GLOBE Certified in the Cloud Protocol. During the virtual training on August 13, 2020, teachers discussed opportunities to involve families and incorporate technology to ensure students engage in authentic science learning during their weather unit.  Additional support for teachers will be offered throughout the school year, and a GLOBE training on water quality is planned for the second semester.

Partner Forum Updates: Publication Resource

by Jodi Haney

The Publications web page is a newly formatted resource found on the GLOBE website. GLOBE has a long history of sharing impact and scientific research data regarding all things GLOBE. 

You can search the publications database to find:

  • peer-reviewed research articles supporting the use of GLOBE
  • scientific findings based on the use of student-generated GLOBE data
  • background information for a research study you are conducting
  • rationale arguments for a grant application
  • and more!

For example, valuable research articles such as these are available through this resource: Slow and Steady Progress towards an Inclusive Student Research Symposium (Butler, D., Bourgeault, J., Wicklein, H.), Environmental-Based Experiential Learning Activities and Its Influence on Students’ Knowledge, Critical Thinking, Attitude Towards the Environment, and Career Aspirations ( Lewis, V.), A Study of Daily Average Air Temperature Data From GLOBE Schools (Jasmyn Dyer, J., Lin, P., Cintron, E.) and a Making Science Come Alive With Clouds (Colón Robles, M., Bouwman, J.).  You can also suggest publications that are worthy and supportive of the GLOBE mission. 

GLOBE Mentor Trainer

GLOBE TrainingThe GLOBE Trainer/Mentor Trainer process has been updated and is now complete. This process is meant to

  • Emphasize the Trainer* Certification procedure
    • Refine the process to be more streamlined, flexible, transparent, and accessible
    • Guarantee the quality of Trainers throughout the GLOBE community
  • Set up the Mentor Trainer Certification procedure
    • Define Mentor Trainers as a resource to aid and advance the community of GLOBE trainers
    • Create a system for Mentor Trainers to communicate with each other to ensure the quality of mentorship throughout the GLOBE community
In both the Trainer and Mentor Trainer certifications, there are three steps and separate forms
  • Step 1: Application and Qualification Review – for those who are not currently trainers or mentor trainers
  • Step 2: Observation and Review by Mentor Trainer – once approved as a Candidate Trainer or Candidate Mentor Trainer, for those who are not currently trainers or mentor trainers
  • Step 3: Maintaining Active Status – for those who are currently active as Trainers or Mentor Trainers
Process, timeline flow charts, application forms and FAQs can be seen here.

*Please note, the term “Master Trainer” has been combined with the category of “Trainer” and is no longer a GLOBE term. “Master Trainer” is NOT synonymous with “Mentor Trainer” and GLOBE Trainers are not necessarily expected to apply to become Mentor Trainers unless they want to contribute in mentoring Candidate Trainers. The added responsibilities required of Mentor Trainers are explained in both the Certification Process and the Application forms.

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