The WestEd/CCASN collaborative focuses on STEM career preparation by engaging students in real science as part of their high school career academy experiences. Through funding funding from the National Science Foundation, the collaborative is implementing the GLOBE environmental science program through green career academies in California.

The GLOBE program--Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment--was started in 1995 with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It offers scientist-developed scientific protocols, activities, and special projects to students and teachers throughout the world. Students collect data using the protocols and upload these data to the GLOBE website. Data are then used by scientists to monitor environmental changes across the globe. The data are also available for students to use in comparing their findings with those of students in other countries, and to explore related issues with their fellow student-scientists. These experiences not only build their skills and knowledge in science and mathematics, but the 21st century knowledge and skills of cultural awareness, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication.

GLOBE-CAP engages green academy students in science through the NSF, NASA, and NOAA-sponsored GLOBE program. The unique partnership WestEd and CCASN have formed embeds GLOBE within green academy curriculum and instruction. Embedding GLOBE into the academies helps students make the connection between their GLOBE activities and their area of career focus and ensures continuity of data collection and learning for the students from 9th to 12th grade. It also helps ensure program continuity over time.
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