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Welcome to the GLOBE Science Fair

Great to hear you want to join the GLOBE Science Fair! You can find all the information you need on this page.
First, make a team of 3 to 5 students (level H/V 4/5). Then follow the steps of the research cycle.

Steps of the research cycle

  1. Observe nature and choose the GLOBE investigation you want to do.
  2. Pose questions.
  3. Plan investigation.
  4. Collect data and upload it to the GLOBE website.
  5. Analyze data.
  6. Document conclusions in a research report and upload it to the GLOBE website.
  7. Present findings on the GLOBE Science Fair. Optionally you can also join the virtual science symposium.
  8. Pose new questions.


All the steps are explained below.

GLOBE Research Cycle

Step 1

Observe nature

What is GLOBE?

In this step you do some orientation to find out what GLOBE research you want to do. First find out more about the GLOBE Program. NASA’s network of students on 37.000 schools in 123 countries around the world that investigate the environment. Watch the movie below and go to for more information.

GLOBE intro film

Choose what research you want to do

There are many different types of research you can do with GLOBE. How you perform such a research is described in a protocol. This way every student around the world performs the measurements in the same way, which makes them comparable.
The protocols can be found on the international website Below we give you the direct links.



Pedosphere (soil)

Hydrosphere (water)

Earth as a system

Step 2

Pose questions

Once you know what you want to investigate you need to think about a research question. Use the worksheet to Evaluate Possible Research Questions for guidance.

Step 3

Plan investigation

How will you test your hypothesis and answer your research question?

  • Develop a research plan with specific steps to complete your investigation, including who will be responsible for each task if you are working in a group.
  • Decide what existing data you need, where this can be obtained, and how you will get this.
  • Identify the resources available to you such as measurement equipment and supplies.
  • Identify what help you may need from others including your teacher, experienced scientists, and other adults and students. It often helps to have a mentor or coach when learning anything new.
  • Plan your time. When and where will you take measurements? How will you get other data that you need?

Step 4

Collect data

Use the GLOBE protocols you have chosen in step 1 to investigate the environment and upload the data you gather to the GLOBE database.
You can use the GLOBE data entry app to send your measurements to the GLOBE database.

To learn how to work with the website, you can use the web tutorials.

Step 5

Analyze data

You can now look at the data you’ve gathered and even compare it to the measurements of other schools. At this moment students from more than 37,000 schools around the world have gathered more than 175,000,000 measurements. That’s a lot! The following tools can help you to look at all these measurements:

Step 6

Document conclusions

Writing a report

Once you have analyzed your data, you can start writing the report. The following documents can help you with that:

Upload report

Upload your report to the international website before May 25th 2021 using the button below.

Note: ask your teacher for the student account to log in

Option: Virtual Science Sympsosium

If you upload your research report to the Virtual Science Symposium. You will get feedback on your report from an international scientist. If you have an excellent report and reply in the proper way you might win and get funding to come to the international GLOBE meeting.

If you choose to take this chance, you can read more: Virtual Science Symposium…

Step 7

Present findings on the GLOBE Science Fair


The Science Fair will take place at Wageningen University

Program Science Fair June 4th 2021

09:00 Prepare stands
10:30 Opening
11:15 Present your research in stand
12:45 Lunch and tour the campus
14:15 GLOBE games
15:15 Award ceremony
16:00 End

Present in a stand

You will present your research in a stand to your fellow students, teachers and the scientific jury. You will have a table and poster wall to present:

  1. The research report that you have also uploaded to the website so the scientists can read it beforehand
  2. Anything you want to show to present your research. For example:

Tips and Tools for Preparing a Presentation:

    Scientific jury

    The jury exists of scientists that will visit all stands. When the jury visits your stand you have 3 minutes for a pitch about your research and some minutes to answer questions by the jury. The jury will rate on:

    1. The research report
    2. The pitch
    3. The stand
    4. Language and quality of your English


    There are three awards:

    1. Jury award (awarded by scientific jury)
    2. Public award (you will rate your fellow students)
    3. GLOBE games award

    Step 8

    Pose new questions

    After your research you might have new research questions and you can start the research cycle again.


    If anything is unclear or you have questions, don’t hesitate and send a mail to