The Great Globe Project

The Great Globe is a 1:100,000 scale model of the earth to be constructed in the southwest United States.  Over 10 million 4” triangular tiles will cover this rotating 420 ft diameter globe. The project is designed to encourage the children of the world to embrace science, math, and engineering as well as introduce them to the concept of viewing Earth as a connected global community.  The Globe will serve as a powerful tool with which to raise awareness, foster collaboration, and create solutions for issues facing our global community including environmental sustainability, poverty, hunger, and disease.

Great Globe Explorers

The Great Globe Explorers are at the core of the project. Millions of children from around the world will research, computer model, and fabricate the millions of 3D color tiles of the Earth’s surface. In order to solve the pressing problems facing our civilization, we need creative scientists, engineers, inventors, and philanthropists more than ever.  The Globe will serve as a powerful tool with which to raise awareness, foster collaboration, and create solutions for issues facing our global community including environmental sustainability, poverty, hunger, and disease.

Arizona Science Center

The Great Globe Project made an appearance at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The exhibit ran until January, 2015. All aspects of the project were on display and Explorers started building Arizona already! In order to assemble the entire state of Arizona, approx. 6,000 tiles are attached to 90 panels (81 tiles each).   Each panel is mounted on a wheeled tripod.  When all the panels have been assembled Arizona students can move their panels together like giant jigsaw puzzle pieces to form the entire state in a matter of minutes.

“Where all grace and poetry have disappeared from the landscape imagination dies out.  On this ball spinning in space, a grain of sand in the midst of immensity, what is the point of hating each other?”

- – Elis’ee Reclus, French geographer

Proposed a Great Globe, 420ft in diameter, to be built for the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris.

WELCOME TO THE GREAT GLOBE PROJECT

The Great Globe is a 1:100,000 scale model of the earth to be constructed in the southwest United States.  Over 10 million 4” triangular tiles will cover this rotating 420 ft diameter globe.  Millions of children from around the world will research, computer model, and fabricate these 3D color tiles of the Earth’s surface.  Every natural and manmade feature on Earth larger than 30 ft. will be viewable on the surface of the model.

The Great Globe will encourage the children of the world to embrace science, math, and engineering as well as introduce them to the concept of viewing Earth as a connected global community.  In order to solve the pressing problems facing our civilization, we need creative scientists, engineers, inventors, and philanthropists more than ever.  The Globe will serve as a powerful tool with which to raise awareness, foster collaboration, and create solutions for issues facing our global community including environmental sustainability, poverty, hunger, and disease.