GLOBE is science and education, not just science education. GLOBE teachers and students join with research scientists to form broadly distributed research team. Students collect data that are valuable to these researchers' work on various inquires. This collaboration and the authenticity of the data collected stimulate learning and offer opportunity for dynamic new approaches to education.
Behind every GLOBE measurement protocol and instrument specification is a science research team committed to the use of data collected by the students following these protocols.
As a science and education program, GLOBE neither begins nor ends with data collection. Scientists collect data to gain understanding, and students can do the same. Teachers are encouraged to stimulate and reinforce their students' natural interest in their surroundings. Student interest can take form in questions that they want to answer, and taking data is part of addressing their questions. Recording, assembling and analysing data are a necessary part of the process leading to answers, new insights, and refined questions and data reporting data is essential for GLOBE implementation to give students an authentic science experience.