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Join the Ward's Science Challenge Supporting the GLOBE Program

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Elementary, Middle and High School

It’s more important than ever to find fun and engaging ways to teach about the Earth's climate, its changes over time, and its impacts on habitats and the creatures that live in them. Ward's Science has collaborated with GLOBE to assist you in participating in their program. The GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program is an international science and education program promoting scientific literacy and building connections between people passionate about the environment. 

 August 2023 marked the start of the GLOBE Year of Climate and Carbon campaign, which provides a fantastic opportunity to encourage students and citizen scientists to make an impact on the world.   

Ward's Science has partnered with GLOBE to support its Green-Up / Green-Down and Air Temperature protocols to provide inquiry-based climate activities for students. A protocol is a standardized approach for collecting and documenting data to ensure uniformity of data in various parts of the world.

  • The Green-Up / Green-Down (GUGD) protocol - This is a hands-on, inquiry-based scientific process that allows students to study the carbon cycle and its impact on our planet's climate. By observing and recording the phenological changes in plants—specifically, the timing of "green up" in the spring and "green down" in the fall—students will contribute valuable data to a global database. Their friends will just be green with envy!
  • The Air Temp protocol - When scientists investigate the atmosphere, they want to understand and predict Weather, Climate, Energy Budget (Land-Atmosphere interactions), and Atmospheric Composition (the trace gasses and particles in the air).

A Rewarding Experience: Participation Incentives 

From now until June 30, 2024, Ward’s Science will help you contribute to our global understanding of the planet and save on the cost of any of our science products including the ones you’ll need to participate in GLOBE. You'll receive different rewards depending on the number of observations you submit. Here's the breakdown:

  1. Tier 1 (1-10 observations) – $10 off a purchase of $100 or more
  2. Tier 2 (11-100 observations) - $15 off a purchase of $100 or more 
  3. Tier 3 (101-500 observations) - $20 off a purchase of $100 or more
  4. Tier 4 (501-1000 observations) - $25 off a purchase of $100 or more 
  5. Tier 5 (>1000 observations) - $30 off a purchase of $100 or more

In addition to savings on science gear, GLOBE will give a shout-out to the top submitters at the 2024 GLOBE Annual Meeting in July 2024.

Data enriches students’ understanding of environmental science and supports vital research on climate and carbon dynamics. But this initiative is not just about collecting data; it's about joining a global community of educators, students, and scientists working together to understand and address one of the most pressing issues of our time. Participating in GLOBE has it all: empowering students, enhancing your lesson plans, teamwork, and product deals. It’s the perfect storm of science fun!

How It Works: A Call to Action for Educators

We invite educators everywhere to lead their students in this stimulating scientific inquiry project focused on Green-Up/Green-Down and Air Temperature. Participating is simple:

  1. Collect data with your students for the Green-Up/Green-Down protocols or Air Temperature protocols.
  2. Submit your findings on the GLOBE website by June 30, 2024.

**Note: To submit GLOBE data via the website, you must be a GLOBE-trained educator.  To learn more about how to become a GLOBE educator and be part of the worldwide GLOBE Community, click here.

You can learn about GLOBE protocols through the Data User Guide and find demonstrations of GLOBE's data analysis tools through the Data Fundamentals Webinar.

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