NASA: The Global Learning Earth Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)

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GLOBE, the Global Learning and Observations to benefit the Environment Program, is a worldwide program that brings together students, teachers, scientists and citizens to promote science and learning about the environment.  Through a hands-on approach to inquiry, participants are encouraged to engage in local investigations that cover five core fields: atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, soil (pedosphere), and Earth as a system. Observations made locally are submitted to the GLOBE data and information system, and can be accessed freely online. These measurements are combined with readings at automated stations to create a worldwide resource for conducting scientific inquiry; some measurements serve as ground truth for NASA satellite data products (e.g., clouds, soil moisture).  The GLOBE data and information system contains over 130 million measurements from more than 10 million students in 113 countries around the world since its operation begun in 1995.

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GLOBE Sponsorship Include:

The GLOBE HBCU Informal Education Institute (IEI)

Collaborative (est.2020) by Tennessee State University

Increase the numbers of teachers, informal educators and faculty in NASA Science Mission Directorates and NASA GLOBE STEM Engagement that advance scientific and citizen science research discoveries.

GLOBE’s federal sponsors include: The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), The National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Department of State.

Legacy Bridges STEM Academy, Inc. is a US GLOBE Partner, and a GLOBE HBCU IEI Collaborative Partner with Tennessee State University supported by a University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) NSF Grant.  

Through collaboration, our goal is to increase HBCU partnerships that help build a diverse workforce, understand Earth as a system, and create global student research citizen science collaborative learning environments for addressing health disparities, environmental justice and the impact of climate change.