Join NOAA at the 2018 National Science Teachers Association conference

Science educators from across the country will convene in Atlanta from March 15 - 18, 2018.

All across NOAA, we are busy getting ready for the 2018 National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Conference. We can’t wait to meet the more than 10,000 science educators who will be attending. This year, you can find us at our exhibit booth, giving presentations, and hosting workshops that translate our ocean and atmosphere science into education resources.

A group of around 20 people stand in front of a large exhibit booth displaying the NOAA logo.

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

Here are some ideas to help you connect with NOAA at NSTA 2018. A more comprehensive list of NOAA-related sessions and abstracts is available as a PDF

Stop by the NOAA booth.

Eric Boldt, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the NWS Oxnard/Los Angeles area, speaks to educators at the Long Beach National Science Teachers Association meeting.

Come on over to talk to NOAA educators and partners at Booth #142 to learn about our science and resources. We will be distributing free educational materials, including posters, books, and bookmarks. 

At our booth, you can talk face-to-face with NOAA educators from the Office of Education, National Weather Service, Climate Program Office, National Ocean Service, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA Satellites, and NOAA Teacher at Sea. Our partners from the GLOBE Program and the Office of Space Commerce are joining us at the booth, too! Teacher at Sea Alumni and NOAA Planet Stewards are always ready to chat about how they use NOAA resources and swap ideas with fellow educators. 

We’ll be demonstrating how easy it is to access and visualize our data live throughout the day using the NOAA Science on a Sphere Explorer. See how data from satellites, ground observations, and computer models can compliment your classroom lessons.


Dive into a hands-on workshop.

Teachers attending a Science On a Sphere (SOS) workshop work together to develop educational materials from the resources available on the SOS website.

Join us at our 10 hands-on or exhibitor workshops. These workshops will help you make the most of NOAA’s opportunities for educators, classroom resources, and data visualizations. Here are a few examples to get you started:

Find out about NOAA opportunities and resources for teachers with 'NOAA Planet Stewards—Content, Collaboration, and Action' (March 16, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; room B103) and 'NESTA and NOAA Ocean, Climate, and Weather Share-a-Thon' (March 16, 12:30–1:30 p.m.; room B103).

Bring NOAA science and research into your classroom by joining us for 'JetStream: An Online School for Weather' (March 15, 3:30–4:30 a.m.; room C205) and 'Decoding Global Temperature and Carbon Dioxide Levels from a Model Ice Core' (March 16, 8:00–9:00 a.m.; room B103). 


Learn all about NOAA education in a presentation or talk.

NOAA staff at the 2015 National Science Teachers Association conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Get inspired to share the exciting science going on at NOAA in your classroom by coming to one of our many presentations. Topics range from engaging schools in conservation and stewardship to visualizing data. Here are some examples of NOAA presentations. 

Mark Eakin from the NOAA Satellites’ Coral Reef Watch Program will be the featured speaker for the AGU-NESTA Sponsored Lecture offsite link, Chasing Coral Bleaching: A Present and Growing Ecological Disaster (March 16, 2:00–3:00 p.m., Sidney Marcus Auditorium). 

Immerse your students in ocean and freshwater science by joining us for 'Freshwater Stewardship: Equip Your Student-Scientists with Cutting-Edge Resources from NOAA' (March 16, 8:00–9:00 a.m.; room A412a) and 'Bring the Ocean into Your Classroom with National Marine Sanctuaries' (March 16, 3:30–4:30 p.m.; room A412a).

Explore a world’s worth of data with NOAA visualizations with 'Data Is Not a Four Letter Word: Use NOAA Resources to Build Student Proficiency in Data Analysis' (March 16, 9:30–10:30 a.m.; room A412a) and 'BIG Data/BIG Skills: Improve Student Data Literacy Using Free Web Tools from NOAA' (March 18, 9:30–10:30 a.m.; room A407).

You can find more ways to connect with NOAA and add these events to your NSTA conference schedule online (keyword search: NOAA). Follow the sessions at and join the conversation online about #NSTA18. You can reach us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.