NOAA at the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) conference

NOAA is excited to be back in person at NSTA Houston 22 offsite link! Find us at Booth #2331 offsite link in the Expo Hall. Dive into this curated collection of resources to help you better connect to us.  

In a wooded setting, four young adults watch intently as another college student uses a pipet, or dropper, with help from a trainer during a session on measuring the chemistry of stream water. All participants wear laboratory gloves and safety glasses.
At the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Watershed Educator Internship training in the fall of 2019, undergraduate students at the University of Vermont are trained on stream monitoring protocols as a part of Lake Champlain Sea Grant’s Watershed Alliance community science program. Undergraduate interns learn how to monitor chemical, biological, and physical parameters of freshwater streams which they teach to K-12 students across the Lake Champlain basin. (Ashley Eaton/Lake Champlain Sea Grant)

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NOAA and partner presentations


Thursday, March 31, 2022

Climate in Your Classroom, Climate in Your World: Use Free NOAA Resources and Data to Teach This Integrated Topic

Thursday, March 31, 8:00am - 9:00am • George R. Brown Convention Center - 370C
Frank Niepold (NOAA Climate Program Office), Bekkah Lampe (NOAA Office of Education), Kayla Do Couto (NOAA Office of Education) 

Want to teach climate literacy but don’t know where to start? NOAA offers lesson plans, videos, data, webinars, and more to inform and inspire students.

Pole of Inaccessibility: Bringing Ocean Science to North America’s Great Interior

Thursday, March 31, 9:30am - 10:30am • George R. Brown Convention Center - 370C
Spencer Cody (Edmunds Central School District: Roscoe, SD)

Join us as we explore how NOAA Teacher at Sea can bring stimulating ocean science content to the classroom through a wide range of technology and media applications.


Friday, April 1, 2022

How to Use NOAA Data: A Guide for Educators

Friday, April 1, 8:00am - 9:00am • George R. Brown Convention Center - 350C
Bekkah Lampe (NOAA Office of Education), Kayla Do Couto (NOAA Office of Education)

Learn how to access and explore NOAA’s data-rich resources, lesson plans, and visualization tools to build data literacy and proficiency in scientific data analysis.

NOAA in Your Classroom 1—Sea Level Rise: Engaging Students with One of the Most Dangerous Climate Impacts of Our Time

Friday, April 1, 8:00am - 9:00am • George R. Brown Convention Center - 320A
Bruce Moravchik (NOAA National Ocean Service), Symone Barkley (NOAA National Ocean Service)

Engage students with data-driven NGSS-focused interactive online lessons, visualizations, and role-playing activities to explain what sea level rise is, why it is so dangerous, and how we can address it.

NOAA in Your Classroom 2—How to Get Up to $5,000 to Affect Real Change Through Education, Collaboration, and Action with NOAA Planet Stewards

Friday, April 1, 9:30am - 10:30am • George R. Brown Convention Center - 320A
Bruce Moravchik (NOAA National Ocean Service), Symone Barkley (NOAA National Ocean Service)

Find out how to become a NOAA Planet Steward Educator and access professional development opportunities, education resources, and funding. Increase your students’ science literacy and have them respond to real-world environmental threats.

NOAA in Your Classroom 3—Creating an Inclusive Marine/Environmental Science Curriculum

Friday, April 1, 11:00am - 12:00pm • George R. Brown Convention Center - 320A
Symone Barkley (NOAA National Ocean Service), Bruce Moravchik (NOAA National Ocean Service) 

Cultivate a sense of belonging in your classroom with conservation, stewardship, and climate science using educational resources from NOAA and other socially conscious organizations.

NOAA in Your Classroom 4—Ocean Exploration Education: Making Sense of Deep-Sea Phenomena

Friday, April 1, 12:30pm - 1:30pm • George R. Brown Convention Center - 320A
Elizabeth Hoadley (NOAA/National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation: Dauphin Island, AL), Tami Lunsford (Newark Charter Junior/Senior High School: Newark, DE)

Journey to the abyss with NOAA Ocean Exploration as we investigate deep-sea phenomena using the student sensemaking instructional model and hands-on demonstrations.

NOAA in Your Classroom 5—Sea to Sky: Get to Know NOAA’s Online Educational Resources

Friday, April 1, 2:00pm - 3:00pm • George R. Brown Convention Center - 320A
Marissa Jones (NOAA Office of Education), Bekkah Lampe (NOAA Office of Education)

Join us for a demo and discussion about the NEW searchable database of 1,200+ educational resources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


Saturday April 2, 2022

CSSS-Sponsored Session: Teaching Climate Change: Empowering Our Students So They Can Change the World

Saturday, April 2, 9:30am - 10:30am • George R. Brown Convention Center - 352E
Peter McLaren (Next Gen Education, LLC), Deb Morrison (University of Washington), Maya Garcia (Colorado Dept. of Education), Frank Niepold (NOAA Climate Program Office)

Climate change is a crucial subject for all ages. Come explore classroom strategies for supporting learners’ climate science knowledge and action-oriented responses to the climate crisis.

Coral Reef Ecosystems and Us: Explore Free NOAA Resources About These Fragile Wonders Under Threat

Saturday April 2, 12:30pm - 1:30pm • George R. Brown Convention Center - 332D
Kelly Drinnen (Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary), Bekkah Lampe (NOAA Office of Education), Kayla Do Couto (NOAA Office of Education)

Incorporate coral reefs into your existing curriculum—biology, chemistry, climate studies, art, and more—using lesson plans, demos, activities, and multimedia from NOAA.

NESTA and NOAA Sea Level Rise: What It Is, Why It's Happening, Why It's so Very Dangerous, and What You Can Do About It

Saturday April 2, 12:30pm - 1:30pm • George R. Brown Convention Center - 342F
Bruce Moravchik (NOAA National Ocean Service), Richard Jones (University of Hawaii-West Oahu)

This session presents the data behind climate-driven sea level rise and its impacts. We'll share classroom-ready, interactive, data-driven, NGSS- focused activities, and share how you can get up to $5,000 for your school to mitigate climate change and its impacts.


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Education resources

Browse some of our favorite educational resources from across NOAA

Data • Lessons & curricula • Multimedia • Professional development
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 portal offsite link.
Elementary • Middle • High • Postsecondary

Coral reef resources

Discover exciting ways to teach about corals and coral reefs with the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. Highlights include information on how to 3D-print your very own coral polyp and an interactive coral reef with photos and facts. Explore data collected by satellites and buoys, as well as general reports on the health of coral reefs. Learn more about coral reefs with these infographics explaining what makes a coral reef, what coral bleaching is, and ways to protect coral reefs.
Middle • High • Postsecondary

Data in the Classroom

Lessons & curricula • Data
This interactive module is designed to help teachers and students use real scientific data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional and global scale. Can ocean conditions support the growth and survival of marine life, both now and in the future? Data in the Classroom provides authentic research questions and scaled data interactions that give students the opportunity to explore this question (and more).
Elementary • Middle • High • Postsecondary

Estuary education

Lessons & curricula • Multimedia • Data • Professional development • Volunteer opportunities
Educators and estuary enthusiasts will find a variety of resources about the National Estuarine Research Reserve System — a network of 29 coastal sites designated to protect and study estuarine systems. This information will help educators share the wonders of estuaries with students and others.
Elementary • Middle • High

Fourth National Climate Assessment

Background information
The 2018 National Climate Assessment (NCA) report is the official U.S. Government’s “state of the Union” about climate change, vetted by 13 federal agencies. The NCA offers a wealth of actionable science about the causes, effects, risks, and possible responses to human-caused climate change. This assessment is an excellent resource for educators to use as they implement the NGSS in their classrooms.
Middle • High • Postsecondary

JetStream: An online school for weather

Lessons & curricula • Background information
JetStream, the National Weather Service Online Weather School, is designed to help educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety. This portal includes comprehensive, well-organized, colorfully illustrated resources designed to help teach about the wonders and dangers that abound in the Earth's atmosphere.
Elementary • Middle • High • Postsecondary

Mobile-friendly educational resources

Lessons & curricula • Multimedia • Data
With recent events, teaching students Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines has become even more of a challenge, especially for the children and young adults who need it most. Here is a list of NOAA’s mobile-friendly STEM educational resources that will help fill the gap, especially for students in need of higher-level resources in chemistry, environmental science, and technology. The list has been roughly ordered from greatest to least mobile usability.  
Elementary • Middle • High • Postsecondary

National Ocean Service education resources 

Lessons & curricula • Multimedia • Professional development • Teaching guide
NOAA’s National Ocean Service hosts resources and programs for educators, students, and kids who want to learn more about our ocean and coasts. From active professional development programs, content, and resources to Earth science topics like corals, tides, and global positioning, you’re bound to find something that fits your needs!
Elementary • Middle • High • Postsecondary

NOAA Marine Debris Program resources

Lessons & curricula • Background information
The NOAA Marine Debris Program and its partners offer free, downloadable education and outreach materials for people of all ages to learn about marine debris. Everyone has a role to play in raising awareness about this growing issue, so spread the word to help keep the sea free of debris.
Elementary • Middle • High

NOAA Satellites and Data predict and protect our world

Lessons & curricula • Multimedia • Background information
The U.S. relies on NOAA satellites to predict all US and global weather. NOAA provides access to global environmental data and information from satellites and other sources to promote and protect the Nation's security, environment, economy, and quality of life. Discover more about NOAA Satellites with these infographics, learn hands-on with educator toolkits, and even build your own icosahedron globe!
Elementary • Middle • High • Postsecondary

Ocean Exploration education themes

Lessons & curricula • Multimedia • Background information
These education theme pages are designed to provide the best of what the Ocean Explorer website has to offer. Topics include marine archaeology, the Arctic, bioluminescence, seamounts, deep-sea canyons, deep-sea corals, cold seep, vents and volcanoes, and more! Explore the 2019 Deep sea dive video to learn how NOAA researchers are exploring the deep sea to better understand our ocean and its fascinating marine life and unusual habitats.
Elementary • Middle • High

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument virtual exploration

Using Google Earth and the Street View feature, you can visit Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument virtually! Stroll among millions of seabirds and various historic sites on Midway Atoll, or encounter monk seals and green sea turtles basking along the shores of Lisianski and Laysan islands.
Elementary • Middle • High • Postsecondary

Sanctuaries 360° virtual reality lessons

Lessons & curricula • Multimedia
NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries just released five lessons for middle school students that align with virtual visits to our national marine sanctuaries. Follow along with the NGSS-aligned lessons that bring students into our sanctuaries to learn about America's underwater treasures. Videos can be viewed on a computer, tablet, phone, or virtual reality headset for an optimal viewing experience.
Elementary • Middle • High • Postsecondary

SOS Explorer™ free mobile app

The SOS Explorer™ free mobile app animates the world right on your smartphone. As a pocket-sized version of NOAA’s Science On a Sphere®, this app invites you to zoom in on specific interests, from the squiggly warm and cold lines of the world's ocean currents to the power of tsunami waves, the effects of climate change, and a view of Saturn’s rings.
Middle • High • Postsecondary


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Educator guides

Educator’s Guide to the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience offsite link

The Educator’s Guide to the MWEE is designed for users with varying levels of familiarity with the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE). The guide describes the power of the MWEE approach, defines the essential elements and supporting practices, and provides planning documents to develop your own experience. The educator’s guide was developed by the Chesapeake Bay Program offsite link in partnership with NOAA but content is relevant to other geographic areas. Be sure to check out the MWEE 101 and MWEE 201 online courses to learn more!

Ocean Literacy Resources offsite link

With the support of NOAA, the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) offsite link has developed an extensive ocean literacy framework made up of the Ocean Literacy Guide offsite link, the Handbook for Increasing Ocean Literacy offsite link, the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12 offsite link, and the Alignment of Ocean Literacy to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) offsite link. This framework presents a vision of an ocean-literate society and outlines the knowledge required to be considered ocean literate. We recommend you see the NMEA Ocean Literacy page offsite link for additional resources and information about these efforts.

Toolbox for teaching climate & energy

NOAA and a community of educational and science partners have developed and organized a toolbox of supporting resources and programs for those who want to teach climate and energy science. Backed by some of the nation's most experienced professional educators, scientists, and engineers, the toolbox uses the Climate Action Learning Process to provide a path for teachers to follow in educating students, while also developing the skills to take action and reevaluating teaching methods.


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Funding and professional development opportunities

NOAA B-WET funding opportunities

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. 

NOAA Planet Stewards

This national program provides resources (a biweekly newsletter, a book club, workshops and more!) and funding of up $5,000 for educators working with elementary through university age students to engage in hands-on stewardship in response to environmental challenges. Educators can apply online NOW. The website that has all the information needed to organize and submit a great stewardship project proposal for funding. Applications are being accepted through June 6th, 2021.

NOAA educator opportunities

Find information about educational professional development, conferences, grants, and field experiences that are available to educators through NOAA. 


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