The ACLIPSE course engages grade 6–12 teachers and teacher candidates in climate science/change activities using authentic data. ACLIPSE uses climate science as the context for applying current research about teaching and learning aligned with the Framework for K–12 Science Education. Educators and their students also improve their skills for using and interpreting real- and near real-time data. ACLIPSE includes instructional materials developed with NOAA's financial and scientific support.
Find information about educational opportunities that are available to educators through NOAA.
NOAA's B-WET program funds locally relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 audiences through Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England and the Pacific Northwest.
The CGLL is a collaborative effort led by Sea Grant educators throughout the Great Lakes watershed. The Center fosters informed and responsible decisions that advance basin-wide stewardship by providing hands-on experiences, educational resources and networking opportunities that promote Great Lakes literacy among an engaged community of educators, scientists and citizens.
The College of Exploration is a global learning network with an emphasis on web-based courses and workshops for educators, teachers and students of all ages. Programs are offered throughout the year and topics include Earth systems, oceans, climate, and technology.
A 13-week distance-learning course on the atmospheric portion of the Earth system and its interaction with people using real-time data, text reading, activities, and online investigations. Course materials are included and 3 graduate credits are awarded upon completion of the course.
A 13-week distance-learning course on the fluid Earth system emphasizing the atmospheric, ocean, and hydrologic sciences using real-time data, text reading, activities, and online investigations. Course materials are included and 3 graduate credits are awarded upon completion of the course.
A 13-week distance-learning course that investigates the mass and energy flows associated with the global climate system and the related issues using real-time data, text reading, activities, and online investigations. Course materials are included and teachers receive 3 graduate credits upon completion of the course.
Students from grades 6-14 use data from NOAA's GOES-16 or GOES-17 satellites to investigate weather and natural hazards. Students from the winning middle school, high school, and college teams will receive $25 gift cards and official GOES-T launch viewing invitations. Teachers coaching the winning teams will receive launch invites and conference travel support to attend and present at the 2020 American Meteorological Society Centennial meeting in Boston.
NOAA offers a "Taking the Pulse of the Planet" award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and at the local and regional U.S. science fairs that feed into ISEF. The award recognizes outstanding student projects in ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences.
LiMPETS is an environmental monitoring and education program for students, educators, and volunteer groups throughout California. Approximately 6,000 teachers and students per year along the coast of California are involved with the collection of rocky intertidal and sandy beach data as part of the LiMPETS network. Join us — learn the process of science and help to protect our local marine ecosystems.
MARE offers a range of professional development for K-12 districts, schools, and teachers including workshops on inquiry-based science and ocean immersion experiences. Most workshops are offered at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California, and include instructional materials developed with NOAA's financial and scientific support.
NOAA employees and grantees offer a variety of workshops, presentations, exhibition hall booths, resources, and giveaways at the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA). NMEA brings together educators of both fresh and salt water in regional chapters and at an annual national conference. NMEA also publishes a quarterly magazine titled Current: The Journal of Marine Education.
Citizen science is a term that describes projects in which volunteers partner with scientists to answer real-world questions. These volunteers can work with scientists to identify research questions, collect and analyze data, interpret results, make new discoveries, develop technologies and applications, as well as solve complex problems. See a listing of opportunities within the National Marine Sanctuary System.
The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries aims to provide teachers with resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy in America's classrooms. You will find a listing of workshops that will excite your students about science and technology.
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl, managed by The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, is a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed high school academic competition that provides a forum for talented students to test their knowledge of the marine sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, and geology. Teams consist of a coach and 4–5 students in grades 9–12.
Educators joining NOAA Planet Stewards receive sustained professional development through an active online learning community and regional events, and support in the development and implementation of hands-on projects that conserve, restore, and protect human communities and natural resources. Eligible participants may apply for mini-grants, travel stipends, and participate in contests.
The Teacher at Sea program provides a unique environment for learning and teaching by sending teachers to sea aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew.
NOAA employees and grantees offer a variety of workshops, presentations, exhibition hall booths, resources, and giveaways at the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) conference. NAAEE is a leader in promoting excellence in environmental education. Their activities include an annual conference, publications on effective practices, professional development and networking services, and advocating for environmental education.
These one-day long workshops focus on the Ocean Explorer Web site and train teachers in the use of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, V1: Why Do We Explore?, and V2: How Do We Explore? curriculum.
An Ocean Guardian School makes a commitment to the protection and conservation of its local watersheds, the world’s ocean, and special ocean areas. The school makes this commitment by proposing and then implementing a school or community based conservation project. Grants range from $1,000 - $4,000 per school.
This workshop is conducted online and in person each July at the U.S. National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The course introduces educators to weather sensing, analyzing, and forecasting and includes lectures, hands-on laboratory exercises, and field trips.
This workshop is conducted online and in person each July in Annapolis, Maryland. The course introduces educators to the foundations of physical oceanography and includes lectures, hands-on laboratory exercises, and field trips. Course materials are included and teachers receive 3 graduate credits upon completion of all course requirements.
A free six-day workshop that begins in Atlanta at the Georgia Aquarium and participants follow the course of the Altamaha Watershed from its headwaters near the Georgia Aquarium to Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary with numerous field experiences along the way.
Science Olympiad is an academic competition for students in grades K-12. NOAA has teamed up with Science Olympiad to provide in-depth and up-to-date resources for several events. NOAA employees also assist in supervising events at competitions and offering workshops for coaches.
There are 34 Sea Grant programs located throughout the nation that offer programs for educators and students. Use the network site to locate your nearest sea grant program and visit their individual education websites to find opportunities near you.
SeaHarmony is the online collaboration network connecting ocean educators and organizations who want to bring science to their students and communities with ocean scientists interested in outreach. SeaHarmony welcomes all ocean educators, scientists, resource managers, traditional practitioners, and ocean related organizations and community groups. Click, Connect, Collaborate!
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. To receive training on implementing GLOBE protocols in your classroom, GLOBE offers in-person workshops or online E-Teacher certification.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival consists of one large event in Washington, D.C., and several smaller events throughout the country. NOAA has a booth at the main festival, which is held every two years in the spring. The festival hosts hundreds of exhibitors, hands-on activities, performers, and speakers to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.