Students and educators from across Australia will have the opportunity to participate in an outstanding international science and education program, sponsored by NASA.
NASA and the Australian Space Agency have signed a cooperative agreement to re-engage in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program.
This worldwide initiative provides a unique opportunity for citizen scientists to participate in real time data collection, learning about the Earth and solving environmental problems.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he’s excited to see Australia re-engage in the GLOBE program.
“Global observations are a critical component of this program. Participation from observers across Australia will help ensure we have the best data possible to help students, teachers, scientists and citizens promote science and learn about the environment.
“It also strengthens our partnership with a key international ally who will help us in our efforts to send the first woman and next man to the Moon in 2024 as part of the Artemis program.”
The GLOBE program aligns with the Agency’s purpose to inspire the next generation, and to help develop a future space workforce with strong STEM skills. CSIRO’s Education and Outreach team will deliver the program.
Head of the Australian Space Agency Dr Megan Clark AC said the program was an excellent opportunity to get children engaged in STEM education.
“Inspiring young Australians in space is a really important priority for the Australian Space Agency,” Dr Clark said.
CSIRO Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley said the demand for online learning and home education made this a great time to reintroduce and reinvigorate GLOBE.
“STEM skills will be essential to Australia’s recovery and future resilience, which is why CSIRO is committed to working with partners like NASA and the Australian Space Agency to ensure Australia has a strong and vibrant STEM pipeline for the future,” Dr Foley said.