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February 5, 2021

The 2021 GOES Virtual Science Fair (VSF) will be accepting projects from October 2020 to May 2021. Students can participate and submit individual projects from home or in small teams with classmates. The main requirement is using data from GOES-16 or GOES-17 to investigate weather and natural hazards. There will be three winning teams or individuals: middle school, high school or grades 13/14 (community college or university).

Students from the winning teams will receive $25 gift cards and official GOES-T launch viewing invitations to KSC (travel support not included) currently scheduled for December 2021.

Contact: Margaret Mooney, margaret.mooney@ssec.wisc.edu

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.