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About NOAA Education

Advancing NOAA's mission through education

The NOAA education community includes programs, offices, partners, and passionate individuals that represent the breadth of NOAA’s mission areas.

NOAA staff with Teacher at Sea Alumni and Climate Stewards at a national National Science Teacher Association annual conference.
NOAA staff with Teacher at Sea Alumni and Climate Stewards at a national National Science Teacher Association annual conference. (NOAA)

Our members connect people with resources such as NOAA-related sciences, places, products, and services unique to NOAA’s mission. The education community brings distinct skills and expertise to the table as we work together to get the most out of our efforts. To facilitate this process, we coordinate through the NOAA Education Council, guided by the NOAA Education Strategic Plan, which outlines our shared goals and priorities.

NOAA's mandate to educate

Congress defined NOAA's role in science education in the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology Education and Science Act of 2007, or America COMPETES. The America COMPETES Act was reauthorized in 2017 as the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The Act provides broad authority for educational activities and requires us to develop and update an Education Strategic Plan.

This act complements the following standing mandates that include education as an integral piece of how we do business:

During Presentation Week, several members of the Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship class that will graduate in 2015 visited Capitol Hill. (Left to right- Tiffany Barber, Ahsin Shabber, Kevin McCarty, Kelly Nunez, Chante Vines, Jamila Tull and Lawrence Walsh
Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate students visit Capitol Hill. (NOAA)