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June 6, 2005

RELEASE: Gallaudet hosts 10th annual GLOBE program

From: Gallaudet - Jun 6, 2005

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Forum infuses environmental science into deaf education
Gallaudet University set to host the 10th annual GLOBE Teacher Training program

WASHINGTON – Science and math teachers around the country will converge on Gallaudet University for the 10th annual GLOBE Teacher Training on June 20-24.

GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a hands-on environmental science and education program that unites students, educators and scientists from around the world in studying the environment. Introduced in April 1994 by U.S. Vice President Al Gore, GLOBE is a worldwide network of K-12 students working under the guidance of teachers trained to conduct the program.

Gallaudet has trained teachers from more than 60 schools on how to use the GLOBE measurements with their deaf and hard of hearing students, incorporate GLOBE images in the classroom, integrate science activities from the GLOBE online curriculum, and create partnerships among students at GLOBE schools around the world.

The leaders of the workshop are Dr. David Snyder, chemistry and physics professor at Gallaudet, and Mary Ellsworth, science teacher/researcher at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf. This year, the leaders will be joined by Dr. Elissa Levine, a soil scientist and GLOBE primary investigator from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The team will share its expertise in making classroom science teaching come alive and show how to engage students in recognizing the significance of using international environmental standards for research.

Through GLOBE, students are taught how to take accurate environmental measurements and enter them into the GLOBE data base using the Internet. Measurements include water and air temperatures, cloud type and percentage of cloud cover, rainfall quantity and acidity, water conductivity and transparency, land cover type, and detailed soil analysis.


About Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students. The University enjoys an international reputation for the outstanding graduate programs it provides deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students, as well as for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people. In addition, the University's Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children at its two demonstration schools and throughout the nation by developing, implementing, and disseminating innovative educational strategies. Gallaudet is located in Washington, DC.