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Centers and Large Facilities - Education and Outreach

Project Name: GLOBE

Location: 3300 Mitchell Lane, Suite 2102, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Contact information: (303) 407-8696


Main Project description/purpose

GLOBE is a hands-on, school and community based science and education program that unites students, teachers, and scientists in study and research about the dynamics of the Earth's environment. Over a million GLOBE students in more than 18,000 schools located in over 100 countries have taken important environmental measurements. Their data are used
in their own research activities and also by scientists around the world.  GLOBE students have reported over 16 million measurements in the areas of Atmosphere/Climate, Hydrology, Soils, Land Cover/Biology and Phenology.  Furthermore, the GLOBE Visualization Web site ( provides tools for students to view and compare environmental data in maps, graphs, and tables.  Students can work with data from their own school, other GLOBE schools, and some external datasets (such as weather service data).  The data can also be downloaded for further analysis in spreadsheets or GIS applications.


  • Education and Science.
  • Earth System Science.
  • A bridge between the educational and scientific communities.
  • An international network of partners and schools.
  • A sense of "community."
  • Collaboration among schools, and between scientists, educators, and students.
  • Inquiry-based education.
  • Students engaged in hands-on, "authentic" science including collecting environmental data and using this and other data in their research.
  • Scientifically tested, rigorous protocols appropriate for primary and secondary student use.

Education and Outreach Mission and Goals

GLOBE’s mission is to promote and support grade-level appropriate, student research investigations of the environment at local, regional, and global scales.


  • Improve Science Education
  • Enhance Environmental Awareness
  • Increase Understanding of Earth as a System

Primary Audience(s) served (i.e., high school teachers, college students, etc.)

K-12 Students and Teachers, Pre-service science teachers, U.S. and International Partners, scientists