1. Sara Mierzwiak
  2. Research Assistant
  4. University of Toledo
  1. Kevin Czajkowski
  2. https://www.utoledo.edu/llss/geography/facultystaff/deptfaculty/czajkowski.html
  3. Professor
  5. University of Toledo



2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Undergraduate, Graduate, Adult learners, Informal / multi-age

GLOBE Mission EARTH (GME) is a collaborative effort among multiple institutions across the United States formed to improve STEM education in disadvantaged student populations by encouraging participation in the GLOBE Program and by utilizing NASA assets. GLOBE is a NASA-funded, worldwide environmental monitoring network (www.globe.gov). Through participation in GLOBE, students and citizen scientists collect data from their local environments and submit that data to a cloud-based online system, where it is accessible by participants and NASA scientists. The data provide important validation information that help NASA scientists corroborate satellite monitoring of our planet. Students are encouraged to develop their own projects answering research questions they develop.

In addition to the members of our partner institutions, GME also includes hundreds of teachers, students and citizen scientists. Some of our specific goals include the following: developing innovative methods of teacher and student training in GLOBE data collection, increasing student participation in local and professional research symposia, developing engineering practices within the program, and developing vertically-integrated activities and materials to support implementation of GLOBE in the classroom. GME is focused on disadvantaged student populations in both urban and rural settings. GME results have shown an increase in students’ cognitive spatial abilities, science content knowledge, and positive attitudes to science. GLOBE Mission EARTH promotes student agency, global awareness, "21st century" skills, and college and career readiness. GLOBE Mission EARTH is funded by NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) #: NNX16AC54A.

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Original Discussion from the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase
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    Kevin Czajkowski

    May 13, 2019 | 08:20 a.m.

    Hi, I would like to invite you to post a comment to our video. GLOBE Mission EARTH is a project funded by NASA and our goal is to engage students through the GLOBE Program and NASA. Students conduct authentic scientific investigations linking to subject matter experts and presenting their research in a formal way to other students and adults including scientists. In our video this year, we tried to focus on the students, the types of projects they do and what they got out of being in the program. We are particularly interested in finding out more about students who participate in the program more than one year. We know that teachers have a big influence on whether a student returns for a second year. We are interested in finding out what the students get out of the program. We hope that you enjoy the video and find the students as inspiring as we do.

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    William Spitzer

    May 13, 2019 | 12:34 p.m.

    It was great to hear about the GLOBE student-initiated projects, and how they were shared with peers and adult professionals. 

    I was curious to learn more about how impacts on students were measured, how they compare to the broader population of students involved in GLOBE, and whether the student projects resulted in similar or different impacts from the data collection activities. And, I would love to hear more about what you are finding in terms of the influence of teachers on student engagement, and whether you are identifying ways to increase the ability of teachers to effectively engage their students in GLOBE.


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    Kevin Czajkowski

    May 13, 2019 | 10:04 p.m.

    Hi Billy,

    These are all great questions. We are only starting to look into evaluating the student projects and then link them to things like teacher confidence and experience with GLOBE and NASA data. We have been having the teachers do pre and post atmosphere and/or hydrology and/or spatial ability tests and students have show significant increase in each.


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    William Spitzer

    May 16, 2019 | 10:43 a.m.

    Thanks Kevin, as you find out more from your evaluation, I hope you will post the results to www.informalscience.org, and look forward to reading them!

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    Elysa Corin

    May 13, 2019 | 04:59 p.m.

    Great video, I enjoyed seeing the students' posters and hearing them talk a little about their projects. What kind of support does GLOBE provide students in forming their own research questions?  Do you encourage the youth to generate research questions that are related to real issues in their local communities?  Also, could you provide some more information about the project's research and evaluation goals?  Thank you!

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    Kevin Czajkowski

    May 13, 2019 | 10:09 p.m.

    Hi Elysa,

    Thank you for your interest in our project. There are a couple different approaches we use to help students form their own questions. The teachers are the most influential. We work with the teachers through PD on how to ask good questions. We encourage students to also talk to or email scientists and other subject matter experts (SMEs) and get feedback on their questions. We have an evaluation team that looks at teacher efficacy and attitudes as well as the student attitudes and knowledge gained. We are starting to look at how the complexity of the students' projects are related to their teachers' confidence and experience.

  • May 13, 2019 | 10:01 p.m.

    Go Mrs. Kubiak! Way to engage your students in science and give them a roll in collecting data! Thank you for sharing. Would love to know about how you implement the GLOBE program into your curriculum and how you align with NGSS Standards!

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    Kevin Czajkowski

    May 13, 2019 | 10:11 p.m.

    Each teacher implements GLOBE in their classrooms in their own way. Links to NGSS is available to the teachers for each observation protocol and through our NASA Langley partners as well.

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    Margaret Glass

    May 14, 2019 | 01:27 p.m.

    I enjoyed seeing the examples of the youth presentations in your video. You mention in your project description that one of your goals is to increase student participation in local and professional research symposia. Could you talk a little bit about where students currently have opportunities to present? I wonder if there are ways for professional science societies and associations to offer more visibility to youth presenters.

    Looking forward to hearing more!


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    Kevin Czajkowski

    May 14, 2019 | 04:22 p.m.

    GLOBE has a number of opportunities for students to present, regional Student Research Symposia and the International Virtual Science Symposium. 

    We also give students the opportunity to present locally at local conferences. 

    Lastly, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) gives about 100 high school students a chance to present at their annual meeting.

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    Margaret Glass

    May 16, 2019 | 11:27 a.m.

    Thanks! It is good to hear about these opportunities for students. I appreciate the teacher comments seen in this forum as well. I look forward to seeing impact and evaluation results as they become available!


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    Janet Struble

    Project Manager
    May 20, 2019 | 12:27 p.m.

    Hi Margaret,

    We also have students presenting at our webinars!

    You can find 3 years of webinars at 

    YouTube: http:tinyurl.com/globemissionearth

    Also check out our Facebook page:

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/globemissionearth

    Thank you for your interest!


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    Diana Johns

    K-12 Teacher
    May 14, 2019 | 06:27 p.m.

    Participation in GLOBE Mission Earth activities and research has been a phenomenal and life-changing experience for my students!  I am so thankful for all the research opportunities that have been afforded them.  I especially appreciate the willingness of Mission Earth staff to work with and take a sincere interest in all of my participating high school students.  

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    Peter Garik

    Associate Professor
    May 20, 2019 | 07:38 p.m.

    A marvelous summary of what Mission Earth with GLOBE can accomplish!

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