The Globe Carbon Cycle project is one of four Earth System Science Projects (ESSPs) funded by NASA and NSF to develop hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science activities for the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program.


Check out a quick engagement activity: How much carbon is stored in a wooden pencil?



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GLOBE Carbon Cycle is focused on bringing the most cutting edge research and research techniques in the field of terrestrial ecosystem carbon cycling into the classroom. Students can collect data about their school field site through existing GLOBE protocols of phenology, land cover and soils as well as through new protocols focused on biomass and carbon stocks in vegetation.


Students also participate in classroom activities to understand carbon cycling at local and global scales. These might include plant-a-plant classroom experiments, hands-on learning activities of various concepts, and analysis of collected data. In addition, students have the opportunity to expand their scientific thinking through the use of systems models. This program design allows students to explore research questions from local to global scales with both present and future environmental conditions.

We offer presentations at state, regional and national science teacher association meetings, workshops to interested groups, in particular GLOBE teachers or Partners. For more specific information about getting involved, contact