FHSU Professor Adams earns certification for global learning program

Dr. Paul Adams, Anschutz Professor of Education and Physics at Fort Hays State University, recently completed all requirements for the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Trainer Certification Program.

As a GLOBE certified trainer, Adams can provide teacher workshops for K-12 and collegiate schools, as well as conduct and enter data onto the GLOBE website for public scientific use.

GLOBE is a hands-on primary and secondary school-based education and science program. According to its Web site, www.globe.gov, GLOBE improves student understanding of science because it involves them in performing real science—taking measurements, analyzing data and participating in research in collaboration with scientists.

The training involved an intensive week in Boulder, CO, and a two-month follow-up.

"I was engaged in the certification coursework basically from August to December," said Adams.

The training has already entitled Adams to some fundamental experiments.

"One of the ways I have used GLOBE for my classes was by doing a project between the National Science Teachers Association and the FHSU Physics Club where they jointly measured the surface temperature of a parking lot and field near Tomanek Hall," said Adams. "That data was entered onto the GLOBE Web site as part of an effort by the University of Toledo of measuring the different surface temperatures around the world."

Adams's GLOBE trainer certification has also given him the opportunity to travel outside the United States. He will go to France in May to lead a workshop with French high school teachers and share his satellite work with high school students and the French Space Agency. He also plans to travel to Virginia and Alaska to share his scientific research.

Schools interested in learning more about GLOBE and how it can enhance the science curriculum can contact Adams for further information at 628-4204 or padams@fhsu.edu. Civic groups are also encouraged to contact Adams if they are interested in conducting citizen science that can be reported to the global database.

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