Pre-Course Assignment

Introduction to GLOBE

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to orient you to the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, which you will use as an integral part of this course. GLOBE launched worldwide environmental observing and monitoring using standardized measurements in 1995. We will be learning GLOBE protocols that will be used by you and your youth group to monitor changes in the environment important to your community. Each day of this workshop, we will focus on one part of the earth system that may be changing and introduce some GLOBE protocols that you can use alongside students and citizen scientists throughout the world to monitor those changes or design scientific investigations.



  • Everyone can DO science.


  • How do you monitor the environment?

  • What is GLOBE?

NGSS themes addressed by engaging in GLOBE investigations:

  • Practices- Asking questions and defining probelms; Planning and carrying out investigations; Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

  • Cross-cutting concepts- Structure and function; Patterns; Cause and effect; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Systems and system models; Stability and change

  • Disciplinary core ideas- ESS2&3: Earth’s systems, Earth and Human Activity; LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

Culturally-Responsive Curriculum Standards Addressed:

  • E1-encourages students to consider the inter-relationship between their local circumstances and the global community

Assignment Instructions

1. Watch the video and read through the e-Training presentation below.


2. Complete the e-Training quiz on the GLOBE website.

To do this:

  • Log-in. Don't know about your account? You have been registered for a GLOBE account through the email that you used registered for this course.

  • Go to and click on "Assessment Test" for the Introduction to GLOBE module.

  • Take the online assessment test for the module. You must have a GLOBE account to take the assessment tests. Once you pass the tests (80% of the answers correct), you will become a GLOBE teacher and can begin entering GLOBE data on the website or on the GLOBE mobile app.

  • This assignment is required for your course credit.