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Connect with NOAA at the National Science Teachers Association conference

Science educators from across the country will convene in Los Angeles from March 30 - April 2, 2017.
March 22, 2017 Attention science teachers: Are you going to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) annual conference in Los Angeles, California? If so, you can attend NOAA presentations, talk to our alumni, visit the NOAA booth for educational resources, and more.
NOAA staff at the 2015 National Science Teachers Association conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Stop by the NOAA booth

NOAA will be staffing booth 635 in the exhibit hall. There you can chat with NOAA Teacher at Sea alumni, NOAA Climate Stewards, and NOAA employees about their experiences and how NOAA's educational materials can be integrated into the classroom. Attendees can also meet local NOAA scientists and pick up free educational materials including posters, books, and bookmarks.

Preview and explore NOAA data

A new release of NOAA's Data in the Classroom website  will be demonstrated at the exhibit booth. You can also explore NOAAView and talk with experts about how to incorportate data into your curricula. 

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Attend presentations by NOAA staff and partners

You can also attend the many presentations offered by NOAA staff and our partners! Interested? Add these events to your NSTA conference scheduleoffsite link (keyword search: NOAA).

Follow the sessions at www.nsta.org and join the conversation online about #NSTA17. You can reach us on Twitter (@NOAAeducation), Instagram (@NOAA.education), and Facebook (@NOAAEducationOutreach). 


Bring the Ocean into Your Classroom with National Marine Sanctuaries
Thursday, March 30 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Los Angeles Convention Center, Kentia Hall P
 
Learn about free STEM educational resources and hands-on field experiences to increase ocean and climate literacy with your students. Receive free materials!

NMEA-Sponsored Session: Whale of a Tale Share-a-Thon
Thursday, March 30 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Los Angeles Convention Center, Petree Hall D
 
The National Marine Educators Association invites you to engage in hands-on activities and take home resources for your classroom. Discover how you can become involved in both ocean and freshwater initiatives from local and national organizations to promote ocean and climate literacy. After the share-a-thon, stay for the day for an NMEA track of sessions in the same room!

T-4: More Than Just a Fish Tank—Aquarium of the Pacific
Thursday, March 30 12:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Off-site, Aquarium of the Pacific
Ticket Price: $28 advance; $33 on-site 

Purchase tickets when you register online or on the LA Registration Form.

More than just a Fish Tank—the Aquarium of the Pacific is a think tank! This guided tour includes behind-the-scenes access, conversations about data and Earth systems science, as well as opportunities to explore the Aquarium on your own. Rotations every 45 minutes will provide opportunities for participants to learn about educator resources, discuss complex topics, and experience the wonder of the Pacific Ocean. We will check out the Aquarium’s Ocean Science Center and NOAA’s Science On a Sphere®, a six-foot spherical display presenting images about Earth in a unique and captivating way.


NMEA-Sponsored Session: Teach Marine Biology Instead of Biology to NGSS and CCSS
Thursday, March 30 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center, Petree Hall D

Hear about a comprehensive marine biology course that teaches NGSS,CCSS, and ocean literacy standards! A panel of marine science organization representatives will share free NGSS/CCSS–focused lessons, labs, activities, videos, assessments, games, and interactive webquests. Many Spanish language resources plus Center for Dark Energy Biological Investigations materials.


Exploring Earth's Energy Balance, Carbon Cycle, and Our Changing Atmosphere
Thursday, March 30 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center, Kentia Hall Q

Model Earth's energy balance, explore the flows in the carbon cycle, and use NOAA data to graph changing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.


Hook Your Students with Digital Storytelling: Introducing NOAA’s Interactive Every Full Moon Video Series
Thursday, March 30 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Gold Ballroom Salon 1

Leverage the power of video! Jump-start discussion! Engage your students in hands-on activities! Head back to school with 250+ free videos by NOAA and the Smithsonian!


JetStream: An Online School for Weather
Friday, March 31 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Los Angeles Convention Center, Kentia Hall F

Receive an overview of a free web resource developed to increase the educator's knowledge on a wide variety of weather topics and weather safety.


Coral Reefs: Fragile Wonders Under Threat: Bring Vibrant Environmental Stewardship Lessons to Your Students with Free NOAA Resources
Friday, March 31 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Los Angeles Convention Center, 501C

Coral reefs are a stunning global treasure, but these fragile ecosystems are under increasing threat from pollution, harmful fishing practices, and ocean acidification. Even areas far from coasts can impact marine health. Incorporate coral reefs into your existing curriculum—biology, chemistry, climate studies, and more—using lesson plans, demos, labs, activities, and multimedia from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


NESTA and NOAA Climate and Weather Share-a-Thon
Friday, March 31 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Los Angeles Convention Center, Petree Hall D

Join more than 20 NOAA Climate Stewards, NESTA members, and other education specialists as they share their favorite NGSS-congruent classroom activities. Lots of free handouts!


NESTA and NOAA Share: NOAA Climate Stewards: Affecting Change Through Education, Collaboration, and Action
Friday, March 31 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center, Petree Hall D

Want to receive money and training to impact climate change? NOAA Climate Stewards engages teachers with sustained professional development, collaborative online tools, and active stewardship guidance. Success stories will be shared, free education resources distributed.


Freshwater Stewardship: Equip Your Student-Scientists with Cutting-Edge Resources from NOAA
Friday, March 31 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Gold Ballroom Salon 1

Flooding. Water pollution. Freshwater is the lifeblood of our planet, and our future depends on the next generation of environmental stewards to preserve the health of watersheds. NOAA and the National Weather Service have a wealth of online lesson plans, videos, data sets, webinars, and more to help inform and inspire students to action in research, stewardship, and resource management for vital freshwater ecosystems.


LiMPETS: Sandy Beach and Rocky Intertidal Monitoring in Your National Marine Sanctuaries
Friday, March 31 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Platinum Ballroom Salon H

LiMPETS stands for Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students. Hear about this STEM-based program that gives students an opportunity to conduct real scientific observations by monitoring sandy beach and rocky intertidal ecosystems.


NESTA and NOAA Share: Climate Change Is Elementary
Friday, March 31 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center, Petree Hall D

Research, resources, and tested activities will help K–5 teachers understand and teach young learners about climate change in a nonthreatening and empowering way.


Game Design: A Classroom Strategy for the Science Classroom
Friday, March 31 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall B-4

Game design provides an engaging way for students to learn science content and to be creative.


Meet Me in the Middle Session: Meet Me in the Middle Share-a-Thon
Friday, March 31 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Diamond Ballroom Salon 4/5

Join us to engage in hands-on activities, collect information/resources from national/international organizations, network with NSTA Middle Level and NMSLTA leaders, review recommended middle level science materials and resources, and more—all in a single location. Discover invaluable resources that will engage your middle level students in exciting and inspiring science learning! Please join us at 2:30 for a short welcome and the presentation of the Paul DeHart Hurd Award  for  Exemplary Middle Level Science Teaching and Leadership to this year's recipient.


NOAA in Your Backyard: Free Professional Development and Local Educator Resources Are Closer Than You Think!
Friday, March 31 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Platinum Ballroom Salon E

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has hundreds of facilities and professional communicators across the nation. Get connected to guest speakers, field trips, and local and national professional development opportunities.


NESTA and NOAA Share: Game Jams: Instructional Strategy for the Science Classroom
Friday, March 31 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center, Petree Hall D

Game Jams offer immersion in science content and help inspire curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Find out about this innovative classroom strategy.