The GLOBE Program

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UNC Charlotte
GLOBE Partner

The Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education works to promote a regional vision for STEM teaching and learning to increase leadership capacity and to facilitate collaborative partnerships for addressing PreK-16 STEM priorities.The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Center for STEM Education recruits GLOBE schools, trains GLOBE teachers and mentors GLOBE students throughout North Carolina. 

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program.  GLOBE involves students in conducting local scientific research investigations on the environment – taking measurements, analyzing data and participating in research in collaboration with scientists.  GLOBE students contribute scientific data to scientists to use in their research. The goal of GLOBE is to improve student understanding of environmental and Earth System Science across the curriculum; contribute to scientific understanding of Earth as a system; build and sustain a global community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizens; and engage the next generation of scientists and global citizens in activities to benefit the environment.


GLOBE is part of Sound to Sea, the only residential environmental education program on the NC Outer Banks, offering school groups a habitat-based program which includes multi-disciplinary hands-on activities, a Challenge Course and special evening programs. Last year, 110 school groups (over 6000 students-grades 2-12, teachers and chaperons) explored this NC barrier island and it's five habitats in Sound to Sea programs at Trinity Center on Bogue Banks.  The Sound of the Sea (SOS) staff was introduced to GLOBE using the Earth As a System Activity and trained in GLOBE hydrology protocols.  Protocols include water transparency, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, ph, macroinvertebrates, and salinity for their work with middle grade students and as a GLOBE site.  SOS staff participated in GLOBE learning activities including the water walk, model a catchment basin, the Carbon Cycle Adventure Story and the Carbon Travels Game.  SOS staff also navigated the GLOBE website and learned how to use the GLOBE visualization tools to view 10 years of SOS data collected.



For more information, contact Alisa Wickliff at