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GLOBE Workshop Offered  Indiana Dunes NL
 Feb 02, 2004 14:05 PST 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         Wendy Smith
January 30, 2004                         (219) 929-1707

G.L.O.B.E. SCIENCE EDUCATION WORKSHOP OFFERED AT LEARNING CENTER

         Teachers, administrators, families, service organizations, and
individuals interested in learning how they can become part of GLOBE, a
worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and
education program, are invited to attend an introduction to GLOBE on
Monday, February 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Indiana Dunes
Environmental Learning Center located in Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore.
          GLOBE stands for “Global Learning and Observations to Benefit
the Environment”. "GLOBE is the quintessentially ideal program for
involving kids in science," according to Nobel laureate Dr. Leon
Lederman. For students, GLOBE provides the opportunity to learn by
taking scientifically valid measurements in the fields of atmosphere,
hydrology, soils, or land cover/phenology - depending upon their local
curricula; reporting their data through the Internet; creating maps and
graphs on the free interactive Web site to analyze data sets; and
collaborating with scientists and other GLOBE students around the world.
GLOBE provides teachers with assistance through training at
professional development workshops; a Teacher's Guide, "how-to" videos,
and other materials; continuing support from a Help Desk, scientists,
and partners; and contact with other teachers, students, and scientists
worldwide. Greg Lopatka, a certified GLOBE trainer, will present the
program on February 9 and will give participants a hands-on opportunity
to see how GLOBE works.
          GLOBE is a cooperative effort of schools, led in the United
States by a Federal interagency program supported by NASA, NSF, EPA and
the U.S. State Department, in partnership with colleges and
universities, state and local school systems, and non-government
organizations. Internationally, GLOBE is a partnership between the
United States with over 100 other countries. Over a million primary and
secondary students in more than 12,000 schools have taken part in the
program; there are more than 20,000 GLOBE-trained teachers and those
numbers are growing!
          The program is free of charge, though pre-registration is
required by Thursday, February 5. To register, call Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshore’s Great Lakes Research and Education Center at (219)
929-1707.
          “The GLOBE Program is a great example of an international
citizen science program,” said Elma Thiele, Program Director and
Ecologist for the Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary. The session on
February 9, is being presented to increase interest in and involvement
with the local environment, the international scientific community, and
also to demonstrate the nuts and bolts of a successful citizen science
program. After the GLOBE presentation, researchers and educators from
across the Midwest, will convene at the Indiana Dunes Environmental
Learning Center to create a new citizen science program focusing on
Great Lakes Mollusks. We hope they will use the GLOBE Program as a
model.
          Teachers and other educators who wish to lead students in
GLOBE need to attend special workshops in order to fully participate in
the program. For more information, visit the GLOBE website at
http://www.globe.gov

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