NOAA resources for elementary educators: NSTA STEM20

Our booth will be staffed each day by a variety of NOAA experts! The schedule for the elementary-focus day, Monday, July 27, is below. You can also find the full schedule for the whole week.
Please note that the schedule is subject to change based on staff availability and major weather events.

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Meteorology • Outreach, education, social media

2:00 - 3:00 pm
Aviation and FEMA coordination • Hurricanes, thunderstorms, fire weather • Outreach, education, social media • Student volunteers in National Weather Service Western Region

3:00 - 4:00 pm
Outreach and education • Sea Grant outreach and education

4:00 - 5:00 pm
Conservation and stewardship • Meteorology • National marine sanctuaries • Ocean Guardian Schools • Ocean science

5:00 - 6:00 pm

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Corals • Deep sea exploration • Meteorology • Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument


Featured elementary resources

Explore lessons, activities, curricula, multimedia, data, background information, teaching guides, professional development, and funding opportunities from across all of NOAA. 


CLEAN portaloffsite link

Lessons & curricula • Multimedia • Data • Teaching guide
CLEAN's primary effort is to steward a collection of rigorously reviewed educational resources around energy and climate topics and foster a community that supports learning about climate and energy topics.

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.

Deep sea dive: 2019 greatest hits from NOAA Ocean Today

Here at NOAA, researchers are exploring the deep sea to better understand our ocean and its fascinating marine life and unusual habitats. Join NOAA Explorer Debi Blaney as she shares NOAA scientists' groundbreaking discoveries and learn how to watch one of their expeditions live.

Educator’s Guide to the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experienceoffsite link

Teaching guide
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 Programoffsite 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!

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.

JetStream: An online school for weather

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.

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.  

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!

NOAA B-WET funding opportunities

Funding opportunity 
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 Marine Debris Program resources

Lessons & curricula • Background information • Funding
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.

NOAA Planet Stewards

Professional development • Funding opportunity
This national program provides resources (a biweekly newsletter, a book club, and more!) and funding up to $2,500 for educators working with elementary through university age students so they can build scientifically-literate communities and engage in hands-on stewardship in response to environmental challenges.

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.

Sanctuaries 360° virtual dives

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries virtual reality tours show off the natural beauty of the sanctuaries. Videos can be viewed on a computer, tablet, phone, or virtual reality headset for an optimal viewing experience. Dive in without getting wet!

Sea Grant's education at home resources

Lessons & curricula • Multimedia • Virtual tours • Background information
Sea Grant’s education at home offers a collection of sites dedicated to providing educational resources for teachers, parents, and students. Learn from coastal and marine science activities developed from Sea Grant programs in 26 states.

Toolbox for teaching climate & energy

Teaching guide 
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.


You might find these other educational resources helpful: 

Mary Cook, Teacher at Sea Alum, supports her students in Scammon Bay, Alaska.
NOAA Education resource collections
Education resources are distributed across many websites and program offices at NOAA and partner websites. This portal is designed to help you access these resources from one location. Materials are organized by themes aligned with common teaching topics. Find even more resources beyond what is listed here!
A painted lady butterfly rests on a NOAA Teacher at Sea flyer featuring a great white shark at the NOAA booth at NSTA in Seattle in December 2019.
Virtual conference booth
Find digital versions of many of the items we would have at an in-person exhibit booth.
Students of a NOAA Climate Stewards Educator participating in a hands-on activity to understand the impacts of ocean acidification.
Elementary resources
It’s never too early to start teaching science! Get your kindergarten through fifth-grade students started using these NOAA resources. We gathered lessons, activities, and other materials specifically for elementary educators from across the agency and our partners.