Creating Authentic GLOBE-Infused STEM Experiences in Formal and Informal Educational Settings Through Community Partnerships, STEM Professionals, Instructional Resources, Professional Development, and Student-lead Research Projects to Meet the Challenges Facing Our Planet
The second program is held in formal K-12 classrooms. Called GLOBE Mission EARTH (GME), the program is implemented through a partnership of multiple institutions across the United States formed to improve STEM education for underserved youth using GLOBE and NASA resources. Students and citizen scientists collect data from their local environments and upload the data to the GLOBE website where it is accessible by participants and NASA scientists. Students work in teams to develop their own research questions, carry out field investigations, and present their findings in regional and/or international student research symposia in professional settings. They also work with STEM scientists in their area of research and receive professional feedback on their efforts. As a result, students develop data collection and data literacy skills as well as the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
Though implemented in different settings, both informal and formal programs use the GLOBE Program as a platform for student engagement in authentic STEM experiences. Both programs also use key components such as community partnerships, STEM professionals, authentic instructional resources, teacher and facilitator professional development and support in order to generate student-lead research projects focused on meeting the challenges facing our planet.