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Highland Park GLOBE Workshop

June 20, 2005 in Room G105

Workshop Participant Introductions

I currently serve as the science department chair at Highland Park High School .  I have educated students since 1994 when I started my career in Henderson , KY.   Students there taught me a great deal about how science, specifically genetic engineering had changed their lives.  Since 1996 I have been back home in the Chicago area teaching.  I am excited about the possibility of assisting students to post data, use data and correspond with scientists in the field.  Hobbies of mine include running (finished the 2003 Chicago Marathon), sailing, boating, skiing (warm and cold), flying, reading, and generally keeping my 3 year old, Abby active.  I look forward to spending the day with each of you and hope to learn a great deal.   


Hi – I am Kate and I am finishing my 2nd year teaching at Highland Park High School .  I have taught a combination of biology (cell and AP) and a freshman class called Phys/Chem but my true passion is for biology. I received my Masters in Biology from DePaul with my thesis focusing on parasite infection affects on reproduction in stream dwelling macro invertebrates (isopods and amphipods).  I am very excited to learn how the globe program can engage my students in research based questions and data collection. When not being a biology dork or planning my upcoming wedding I enjoy traveling, backpacking, cooking, and running.  Looking forward to a great day. 

Thanks, Kate J 

Hi there!
 I am a science teacher at Highland Park High School. I teach both Chemistry and Environmental Science and have been teaching for 7 years (finishing my fifth here at HPHS). I just recently completed my Masters in Geography and Environmental Studies with my thesis on the population dynamics of the Eastern Bluebird in Wisconsin.
Both of the courses that I teach would certainly lend themselves to the GLOBE project. It will be very exciting to be able to tap into the resources that this program offers kids.
My wife and I have two beautiful little girls... 2 and 1/2 years and an eight month old. We love to backpack, sea kayak and work on converting an abandoned farm in Wisconsin back to prairie and oak savanna (ala Aldo Leopold without writing an Almanac) 
See you Monday!

As always I am running behind trying to catch up with everything and everybody here in the intensive scheduling at the end of my first year at Highland Park . My Name is Ana and I worked for eight years in research in Oceanography before becoming a teacher. I teach two courses in TPI science (TPI stands for Transitional Program of Instruction).  The curriculum is in Earth Science with units in astronomy, geology, hydrology, Weather and Climate. Globe is a perfect tool to complement this curriculum. 

          Today I am feeling exited and at the same time worried, my son Alejandro just left for Peru and South America for the rest of the summer.  He just finished his first year in Knox College and I have never seen him that excited about learning. He can’t wait to come back to college in September! That’s what he said.  My daughter Cristina is graduating tomorrow from middle school.

                            I look forward to meet all of you and learn more about Globe,  




My name is Dr. Abdel Azim Elsiddig, of the " Bridges" Program. It is a multi-level family, school and community education program. My role as founder and director is to look for opportunities of growth through other programs and organizations inside the USA and across the Globe. We have recently visited some countries where we successfully introduced Bridges. I'll not be directly involved in the teaching process as my role is more of envisioning, planning, supervision and directorship. My dream is to work with "Globe" inside the US and abroad where we will have a good number of private and Islamic schools willing to become part of GLOBE. If you see that as a good potential for both of us, I'll be willing to meet  and work with/through you in the future at that level. I'll definitely help in bringing both parties (our schools and Globe) together in a wonderful partnership. Our science teachers from different schools will then be involved at the level you're talking about to us now while I'll help at other levels of public relations, administration and supervision. Looking forward to learning with all of you.


I am a retired Chicago Public School Teacher. My Randolph students sent in over 8000 measurements and observations to the GLOBE program. I have been a GLOBE teacher trainer since 1995. I have played hockey every Friday Night with my friends, sons and grandsons for the past 25 years.  My streak will come to an end this fall, because I will have a new hip installed on July 11.  For more information on me, please visit my web site at:

GLOBE Trainer Greg Lopatka

Assignment #1 Introduce yourself to the group.  
Assignment #2 was visit the protocols page
Please check out the following GLOBE protocols that are available for you and your students.  As a GLOBE trainer we found that it was difficult to cover all of them in a 6 day workshop. 
Please check them out and let me know which ones that might fit into your program. 
You can find them by going to: then  click on Enter the GLOBE Site   then go to the EDUCATION & SCIENCE section on the left site of the page and select Protocols
If you do all of the above, you should come to the protocols page
Assignment #3
Use your School ID with the password to log into the GLOBE website at:
That will allow you to practice data entry on the practice site.
When you have logged in, click on Data Entry on the left side of the GLOBE site that will take you to the data entry site that you will be using once you are GLOBE certified.  If you click on the Practice Data Entry link, it will take you to a site that will allow you to enter practice data.
First you must define a site, before you can send data, so that GLOBE knows where the data is coming from.  I just defined a site for Highland Park called WTS you may use that site to enter atmospheric data like clouds or temperature.
  • I would like everybody to Define a site and give it any name except WTS. 
  • Once you have defined a site, try to enter some data like Maximum Temperature 32c Current 29c and Minimum 15c
  • You can try the same things at Soil and Hydrology
Assignment #4 You will need the password to go along with the School User ID that I gave yesterday.
When you Define a site, you should use a date that precedes the date of your first data entry.
I am giving you temperature data for June 6, 7, 8, and 9th.  So if you define your site with today's date, it will not accept the data from the 6th, 7th and 8th. 
You can eliminate that problem by using June 5th as the date that your site was defined.
Here is some data that you can enter.  Try entering it one day at a time, starting on June 6.  The data base will not accept a minimum or maximum temperature if you didn't enter a current on the previous day, you can try, but it will probably kick out the Min/Max for June 6th.
When you enter the data correctly, you will get a big smile face.  If you goof up, you will get a message telling you what is wrong.  For example, if you enter a  current temperature that is higher than your Max, it will let you know and you won't get a smile face until you correct it.
*These temperatures were taken with a Taylor digital Min/Max thermometer


Date Air Temp current Maximum Minimum local time universal time Soil Temp current Maximum Minimum
6/6/2005 Air Temp 30.2 34.4 18.8 12:14 PM 17.14 Soil Temp 23.5 29.8 22.1
6/7/2005 Air Temp 33.2 35.4 22.1 12:05 PM 17.05 Soil Temp 25.2 30.8 24.4
6/8/2005 Air Temp 30.6 35.2 19.7 11:05 AM 16:05 Soil Temp 26.2 31.3 24.1
6/9/2005 Air Temp 31.8 32.6 26.5 12:02 PM 17:02 Soil Temp 28.2 28.2 27.5
Assignment # 5
Try entering the following cloud data:  

At 17:06 on June 13, We had broken cloud cover, with Cumulonimbus and Nimbostratus clouds present.  We had 2 short lived Contrails.

The Following images of the Highland Park area were generated by the LANDSAT Satellite.  The LANDSAT Project is the longest-running enterprise for acquisition of moderate resolution imagery of the Earth from space. The LANDSAT 1 satellite was launched in 1972; the most recent, LANDSAT 7, was launched in 1999. The instruments on the LANDSAT satellites have acquired millions of images. These images form a unique resource for applications in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research.  GLOBE will send a LANDSAT image of each GLOBE School to the GLOBE teacher.  Go to USGS Landsat site



Using Bands 4,3,2 (infrared)


Using Bands 3,2,1 (Natural Color)

GLOBE Protocols


AtmosphereClimate *Protocols (pdf):
*Cloud (pdf)
*Aerosols (pdf)
*Water Vapor (pdf)
*Barometric Pressure (pdf)
*Relative Humidity (pdf)
*Precipitation (pdf)
*Max/Min/Current Air Temperature (pdf)
*Digital Multi-Day Max/Min/Current Air and Soil Temperatures (pdf)
*Automated Air and Soil Temperature Monitoring (pdf)
*Surface Temperature (pdf)
*Surface Ozone (pdf)
*AWS WeatherNet (pdf)
*Davis Weather Station (pdf)
*RainWise Weather Station (pdf)
*WeatherHawk Weather Station (pdf)
*Protocol Videos
*Instrument Specifications (pdf)
SoilCharacterization *Protocols (pdf):
*Soil Characterization (pdf)
*Soil Temperature (pdf)
*Gravimetric (Star Pattern, Transect, Depth Profile) Soil Moisture (pdf)
*Bulk Density (pdf)
*Soil Particle Density (pdf)
*Soil Particle Size Distribution (pdf)
*Soil pH (pdf)
*Soil Fertility (pdf)
*Digital Multi-Day Max/Min Soil and Air Temperatures (pdf)
*Digital Multi-Day Soil Temperatures (pdf)
*Automated Air and Soil Temperature Monitoring (pdf)
*Soil Moisture Sensor (pdf)
*Infiltration (pdf)
*Davis Soil Moisture and Temperature Station (pdf)
*Protocol Videos
*Instrument specifications (pdf)
*Protocols (pdf):
*Water Transparency (pdf)
*Water Temperature (pdf)
*Dissolved Oxygen (pdf)
*Electrical Conductivity (pdf)
*Salinity (pdf)
*pH (pdf)
*Alkalinity (pdf)
*Nitrate (pdf)
*Freshwater Macroinvertebrates (pdf)
*Optional Salinity Titration (pdf)
*Protocol Videos
*Instrument Specifications (pdf)
Land Cover/Biology
*Protocols (pdf):
*Land Cover Sample Site (pdf)
*Biometry (pdf)
*Manual Land Cover Mapping (pdf)
*Computerized MultiSpec Land Cover Mapping (pdf)
*Land Cover Change Detection (pdf)
*Fire Fuel (pdf)
*Protocol Videos
*Instrument Specifications (pdf)
General Information
*GPS Protocol

*Instrument Suppliers
*Earth As a System Videos
*GLOBE Program Overview Videos

*Protocols (pdf):
*Budburst (pdf)
*Green-Up (pdf)
*Green-Down (pdf)
*Ruby-throated Hummingbird
*Phenological Gardens (pdf)
*Lilac Phenology (pdf)
*Arctic Bird Migration Monitoring (pdf)
*Seaweed Reproductive Phenology (pdf)

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