B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. Since 2002, NOAA has awarded over $69 million to support more than 650 B-WET projects. With fiscal year 2015 funding, B-WET will reach an estimated 66,000 students and 2,000 teachers through competitive funding for 84 new and ongoing projects. Grantees were selected through a rigorous peer review process administered by a NOAA program office in their region. All B-WET applicants are encouraged to partner with local NOAA offices and use local NOAA field sites and data where appropriate.
In 2015, funded activities include a cultural and natural history exchange program with the Suquamish Tribe in Washington State, bringing together high school students from different regions in the Pacific Rim to share common ideas, values, and traditional ways of knowing. In the Gulf of Mexico, funds support a project that teaches teachers and students how marine debris affects our marine environment. With an interactive website entitled Watershed Experience Tracker, and through waterway cleanup initiatives, teachers and students will learn how the choices we all make can have a substantial impact on neighboring communities and habitats, including marine environments. In California, student mentoring teams including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals will engage in the STEM disciplines and actively participate in Santa Barbara Channel research by assembling and collecting data with marine remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) in order to implement long-term monitoring protocols, analyze historical data-sets, and construct scientific reports and outreach projects.
Awards announcement archive
Previously funded projects
Interested in learning more about past B-WET projects? See the regional program websites below or contact your regional program manager for more information.