In 2015 LAS launched its annual student-led GLOBE Day science fair, which will soon expand to include invited international and national secondary schools from around Switzerland. Based on NASA’s GLOBE Program, the conference extends broadly to citizen science at schools and also to STEM projects.
The first event, on 16 March 2015, initiated the tradition of poster sessions by LAS students followed by keynote presentations by leading scientists. In 2015, the keynote was presented by Dr. Christophe Randin, a Swiss professor at the University of Lausanne and expert on our local mountain ecology and how it’s affected by climate change. The second event, on 12 March 2016, featured Professor Wilfred Haeberli, a renowned glaciologist and climate scientist from the University of Zurich. GLOBE Day 2017 featured Dr. John Francis from National Geographic, Dr. Chris McOwen from United Nations Environment Program, and Dr. Jason Grant from the University of Neuchâtel. Read about them here.
In 2017 we invited select regional international schools who are involved with GLOBE or doing their own citizen science and STEM projects, while in 2018 we intend to include Swiss national schools and international schools from across the country. GLOBE Day science fairs are hosted by LAS at the Belle Epoque Campus (seen below) and at the new MMAC gym.
- GLOBE Days excites secondary students by engaging them as citizen scientists and then honoring their valuable work. Students carry out original science or investigate interesting topics and present their findings to a conference of their peers in a prestigious, competitive setting. Students not only feel like real scientists, they are real scientists, engaging in the full scientific process from conception to research and finally, to the presentation. The prestige of the conference stimulates students and teachers alike into participating in GLOBE’s mission of learning science through doing science.
- Leading up to GLOBE Days is the research itself. Students are challenged to develop their own research projects that are carried out prior to the conference. GLOBE encourages cooperation between schools in joint research and provides overall framework and guidance. But it is the competitive element of presenting their research in a full conference setting that drives students and schools to carry out their finest and most original work. To understand the value of such presentations, watch the trailer for Most Likely to Succeed Film.
- The Globe Days conference features keynote speeches, workshops, and poster sessions. In addition to presenting their work, students engage with experts, train in scientific methods, and are coached by teachers, GLOBE trainers, and scientists. There are also fun activities, including skiing on the local mountain.