NOAA at ASTC 2020
Welcome to NOAA's virtual booth at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conferenceoffsite link. NOAA is a Byte Sponsoroffsite link of this conference. Explore this collection of resources and information about our agency and programs.
Visit us in our booth during the exhibit hall hoursoffsite link to chat live with NOAA staff!
The federal climate portal is a one-stop-shop for your climate teaching needs! This climate education portal was built so both formal and informal educators can incorporate climate science into their classes and programs. Search within the “Teaching Climate” tab to find rigorously reviewed educational resources around energy and climate topics and foster a community that supports learning about climate and energy topics from the CLEAN portaloffsite link.
NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) maintains a website for NOAA-related resilience resources. This site includes the recently published ELP Community Resilience Education Theory of Change. You can peruse the agency's resilience-related assets, and explore ELP-funded resilience projects past and present. NOAA recently announced eight new awards, receiving a total of $3.5 million, that will continue to build foundations for resilient communities through education.
This year, NOAA marks 50 years of science, service, and stewardship. Our agency was born out of an idea that the ocean and atmosphere are inextricably linked and that we depend upon it — not only for the quality of our lives, but for life itself. Since then, NOAA has grown to become a world-class science agency with a reach that extends from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor.
The NOAA B-WET program funds relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 students and educators through Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). MWEEs are multistage activities that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom and aim to increase understanding and stewardship of watersheds and related ecosystems. Whether working with students directly or providing professional development to educators, B-WET grants empower students to investigate local and global environmental issues that affect their lives, choices, and communities.
Ocean Today is a multimedia kiosk that features videos on all aspects of the ocean realm -- exploration and discoveries, marine life and science. It was originally designed for the Sant Ocean Hall in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History which opened in September 2008. Due to the popularity of the videos, Ocean Today kiosks are now located in dozens of aquariums, museums, and learning centers throughout the world. Visitors to the Ocean Today can find local institutions that host an Ocean Today exhibit, as well as view an online archive of kiosk media.
Researchers at NOAA developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to increase public understanding of the environment. Using NOAA's collective experience and knowledge of the Earth's land, oceans, and atmosphere, Science On a Sphere® is an instrument that enhances informal educational programs in science centers, universities, and museums throughout the United States and other countries. SOS Explorer® is a free, downloadable mobile version of Science On a Sphere®.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NOAA will host the Science On a Sphere® (SOS) Users Collaborative Network Workshop in a virtual platform from December 1-3, 2020. The pandemic has heightened awareness of the fact that we’re living in a globally connected society and how the actions of one place affect the well-being of another place. SOS is arguably, one of the best tools for promoting global perspectives. The workshop will showcase presentations submitted from participants with a focus on the use of spherical display systems for providing science educational messages.