GLOBE: Students and Scientists Working Together

A Program of the Los Angeles Unified School District
Division of Educational Services - Mathematics and Science

K-12 International Environmental Science Program
Henry Ortiz, LA-SI Resource Teacher


"GLOBE stands for 'Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment,'" LA-SI Resource Teacher Henry Ortiz explains. "In this program, students take environmental data for scientists and then send it to them through the Internet so that, together, they can study and learn more about our planet."

GLOBE is a kindergarten through college program, funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and NASA. Teachers must complete a five-day training to learn protocols developed by scientists and learning activities developed by science teachers before their students become involved. The training addresses data collection and analysis procedures in many areas, including meteorology, biology, hydrology, image processing and ecology.

Each GLOBE teacher's school and surrounding environs (15 km x 15 km) comprise the study area, which becomes an official GLOBE data collection site. Students carry out the scientific protocols and send their data to a national data collection center via the Internet. Global images and data are then displayed on the World Wide Web, enabling students and scientists to analyze, and visualize, the environment in other parts of the world. There are over 80 countries and 6,000 schools involved in the GLOBE project, all helping to increase the environmental awareness of individuals while increasing our scientific understanding of the earth.

GLOBE gives students the opportunity to engage in hands-on science while integrating computers and the Internet into classroom activities, as demonstrated by these 12th grade students at Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies.

For more information, contact Henry Ortiz, Science Resource Teacher (818) 997-2574 Visit the GLOBE website: Los Angeles Unified School District, Division of Educational Services - Mathematics and Science

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