Lunch with Scientists at the U. of Chicago

On November 26, 1997, Mr. Lopatka brought his students to the University of Chicago where Dr. Ron Dubreuil arranged for them to have lunch with Scientists.

Students had many astronomy questions for Dr. Don York.

Mr. Lopatka consulted with Dr. York on a Big Bang web page.  

My students and I were involved with the GLOBE program.

We were using brand new GPS technology to record our location.

My Randolph students sent in over 8000 measurements and observations to the GLOBE program. I have been a GLOBE teacher trainer since 1995.  Derrick Rose attended Randolph School for 7 years, he was a great kid from a great family.  I have a Randolph Memories Page where former students contributed memories on Facebook. I am happy to say that many of my students went on to have careers in science. Here is one that gave me a big smile. 

I received an e-mail (June 10, 2014) from Calvin Williams

Wow.. I can't actually believe I found you on Facebook. I was a part of your after school science program. I remember all of the great things we use to do, from testing the pH of the ponds at Marquette Park, to rockets, to the solar eclipse, to being one of the first people I know to go on to the internet (we used a ridiculously long set of numbers to login, which took 15 minutes, only to send our current temperature to the local weather station). Just wanted to say thanks for fostering my education, and more importantly my science education. 2 weeks ago, I graduated from Harvard Medical School, and it was based upon my love for science that I chose the right profession, and stuck through it. Thank you Mr. Lopatka!

Calvin Williams.

The next time we went to University of Chicago, Dr. Ron Dubreuil arranged us to meet Paul Sereno and he took us to his Dinosaur Lab. The kids had a great time.

Thank You Dr. Ron Dubreuil!


Information about the GLOBE program

GLOBE is and acronym for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment.

GLOBE is a global environmental program that uses the internet to share studentís observations and measurements with GLOBE scientist and students.  My Randolph School  students recorded over 8000 environmental measurements during my 6 years in the program.

I was trained for GLOBE at University of Illinois Urbana     March 1995  

I served as a GLOBE Teacher Trainer at the following places:

University of Illinois Urbana     August 1995

Drexel University in Philadelphia  August, 1996  

New York University October 1996

 Ohio Aerospace Institute November, 1996

University of Illinois Urbana March, 1997

New Hampshire  April, 1997  

University of Iowa  October, 1997

University of Colorado  January, 1998

 Ohio Aerospace Institute November, 1998

GLOBE New Mexico Workshop May, 1999

Charleston GLOBE South Carolina Workshop October, 1999

West Chester PA  October, 2000 

Fairbanks Alaska March 2007

Fairbanks Alaska September 2007

In September of 2003, the Naperville School District 203 formed a partnership with the GLOBE Program.  We have performed Teacher workshops in the following places:

Naperville IL  September, 2003

Highland Park, Illinois July, 2005 Workshop

Park Ridge, Illinois September, 2005

Morton Arboretum, Lisle Illinois February 2010


GLOBE Freeze Up Data at the DuPage River

GLOBE Surface Temperature at the Arboretum

GLOBE Surface Temperature at Highlands School

GLOBE Hydrology Study websites:

Bass release November 4, 2006

Bass Release November 3, 2007

Bass Release November 1, 2008

Bass Release November 7, 2009

Steeple Run Fall 2008 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run Fall 2009 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run Fall 2010 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run Fall 2011 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run students at the Morton Arboretum 2005

Steeple Run Transit of Mercury 11/08/06

Steeple Run and Highlands Bass release 11/4/06

Steeple Run and Highlands 5/6/08 Field Trip to the Adler Planetarium

Highlands School 10/14/05 Hydrology at Highlands School

Highlands School 10/11/07 Hydrology at Highlands School

Highlands School macro invertebrates study.

Highlands School Bass Release May 18, 2006

Highlands School Site Definition

Highlands School Phenology 2008

Randolph School Hydrology at Marquette Park

Phenology at the Arboretum Spring

Fall Phenology 2007

Fall Phenology 2008

Highlands School Frost Tube

Steeple Run School Frost Tube

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2007-2008 

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2008-2009

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2009-2010

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2011-2012

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2012-2013

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2013-2014

Rocket Day at Steeple Run School

Rocket Launch at Highlands School

Rocket launch at Irene King School

Make a 2 liter bottle rocket 

Solar Noon Shadow Measurements

3 Arboretum Trees

Morton Arboretum Seasons

Flat Stanley learns about GLOBE

Flat Stanley Goes to Alaska

GLOBE Program:

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