The Great Globe Project
The Great Globe is a 1:100,000 scale model of the earth that will stand over 40 stories in height. Over 10 million 4” triangular tiles will cover the rotating 420 ft diameter globe. Every natural and manmade feature on Earth larger than 30 ft. will be viewable on the surface of the model. Thousands of American children will collaborate with other middle school students around the world to research, computer model, and fabricate 3D color tiles of the Earth’s surface. Starting with satellite imagery and topographic data from NASA, these citizen scientists will become stewards of a triangular area on the globe 6 miles (10 km) on a side. They will research their part of the Earth and work to create a digital model. With the help of an extensive network of scientists and professionals, the students will become part of a global Earth survey. They will collect data on anything they find interesting while experiencing the joy of discovery and the satisfaction of teamwork while collaborating with tile builders from all over the world. New students will be mentored by graduates of The Great Globe program.