Museums and Libraries

GLOBE in Science Museums and Libraries

Hands-on activities and display material to bring GLOBE into your institution. Please contact us if you have questions or suggestions.

General Resources

Know Your Earth Quiz Collection

Test how well you know your Earth. Choose from multiple quizzes about soil, air, oceans, weather and more. A great resource for science museum educators or volunteers to engage visitors with an interactive quiz about our Earth. Patrons can test their knowledge, learn something new, and be invited to observe their Earth with Globe Observer.

Atmosphere (Cloud) Resources:

Create a Cloud in a Bottle

Museum visitors learn the conditions necessary for cloud formation through this demonstration and experiment where a cloud forms in a bottle. The activity can be done as a hands-on demonstration with museum visitors.

Cloud Cookery

Visitors will be amazed by watching museum staff or volunteers “cook up” a cloud. This is another option for creating a cloud in a bottle - this demo comes with a printable instruction sheet and explanation. The instruction sheet could be printed and laminated and placed near the demonstrator.

The GLOBE Cloud Chart

Museum visitors can use this as a reference for naming the types of clouds as they float by. Print it and place near a window in a museum. It could be used as an interactive exhibit that could be self-directed or done with the help of a volunteer or museum educator. Alternatively, images of different clouds could be placed around an exhibit hall and visitors could conduct a cloud scavenger hunt to find the different types of clouds.  This option works well if there are no windows in your exhibit area.

Cloud Teller

Based on the popular fortune-telling game, this printable interactive craft and game familiarizes patrons with cloud vocabulary and varying degrees of cloud cover. This activity could be printed and left for visitors to do on their own or printed for people to take with them.

Cloud Cover Math

Are museum visitors wondering “What is the difference between isolated, scattered, and broken cloud cover?” This activity could be done individually, as a large posting board for all museum visitors or could be adapted as a demo -- a museum educator or volunteer could easily show visitors the percentage of sky cover by cloud that makes up each classification through showing the circles that fall within each category.

Estimating Cloud Cover

Similar to the activity above, this version could be useful for visiting school groups or as a resources for teachers bringing students on field trips.

Identifying Contrails Chart – Informational chart that shows why contrails form. Museum visitors can identify contrails as persistent or short-lived and understand what causes the difference. Like the GLOBE Cloud Chart, this easily printed resource could be used as an interactive exhibit that could be self-directed or done with the help of a volunteer or museum educator.

Do You Know that Clouds Have Names?

This storybook introduces younger museum visitors to the different types of clouds. If museums have a young children’s area, this book could be read out-loud during a story-time and then children could be given the GLOBE Cloud Chart to help them identify their own clouds. Could be a great resource for young visitors as part of a resource area about cloud observations or as a kick-off activity to a cloud scavenger hunt.


Museum visitors can engage in making their own exhibit through creating a model of the different types of clouds and the atmospheric levels at which the clouds exist. This activity could be completed as a large scale daily mural to which patrons can contribute or could be completed as an individual activity as part of a STEAM concept.

The Cloud Lab

Museum visitors can take the Cloud Quiz from PBS and see how well they can identify different clouds.  It could be set up easily on a tablet in an exhibit hall or volunteers or museum educators could use it as a demo to engage their visitors. The GLOBE Cloud Chart is a great resource to help visitors get started.

Observing Describing and Identifying Clouds

This activity is geared toward formal classrooms; however, there are two games about clouds on page 5, that would make great demos or activities to engage museum patrons through testing visitors’ knowledge on clouds.

Cloud Clues

This resource could be used with school groups as they visit the museum as an introduction to cloud observations. Alternatively, this resource could be distributed to teachers of school groups prior to visiting the museum.

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Mosquitoes (Mosquito Habitat Mapper)

International Science Center and Science Museum Day Global Experiment

In the Global Experiment this year, science centers and science museums around the world, working together, can use this new mosquito application to begin to be part of the solution. They can train armies of citizen scientists to explore their households and neighborhoods and identify and eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites.

Precipitation Data and Mosquitoes Activity

A guide (PDF) to how to retrieve NASA satellite data about precipitation globally and in your region to explore correlations between rainfall and the onset of mosquito-borne diseases.

ZikaZapp Bingo (Instructions, Game Boards, Call Sheet)

An activity to build awareness of the many different breeding habitats used by container mosquitoes (30 categories are used in the Mosquito Habitat Mapper), as well as the four life cycle states of a mosquito (egg, pupa, larva, and adult). The Mosquito Habitat Mapper focuses on the larva stage, but asks when taking a sample if mosquito eggs, pupa or adult mosquitoes are also found in the sample or site.

Mosquito Prevention and Control

A list of resources (websites and videos) to use when you are helping your visitors to learn about mosquito prevention and control.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

A list of resources to learn more about mosquito-borne diseases. Many are from the World Health Organization and are available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic.

Enfermedades Transmitidas por Mosquitos

Un lista de recursos para aprender más sobre las enfermedades transmitidas por mosquitos. Muchos son de la Organización Mundial de la Salud y son disponibles en español, inglés, francés, ruso, chino y árabe.

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