NOAA resources for postsecondary educators: NSTA STEM20
Our booth will be staffed each day by a variety of NOAA experts! The schedule for the postsecondary-focus day, Thursday, July 30, 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
Coral reefs • Meteorology • NOAA Boulder general outreach, communication, social media
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Climate change and solutions • Coral reefs
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Meteorology • Sea Grant outreach and education • Severe weather, radar, lightning
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Meteorology (general, desert, mesoscale) • Outreach, education, social media • Science on a Sphere: Data visualization
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Meteorology (general, desert, mesoscale) • Science on a Sphere: Data visualization
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Featured postsecondary resources
Explore lessons, activities, curricula, multimedia, data, background information, teaching guides, professional development, and funding opportunities from across all of NOAA.
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.
Coral reef data
Coral reef infographics
NOAA has released a handful of excellent videos all about corals. Ocean Today: Coral Spawning explores coral spawning, a synchronized event, when many coral species in an area release their eggs and sperm at about the same time. The Ocean Today: Coral Comeback? collection is a video series about the importance of coral reef ecosystems, the threats that they face, and how NOAA and its partners are working together to conserve them. The Coral Reef Economy describes the economic value of coral reefs.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Multimedia • Background information
The U.S. relies on NOAA satellites to predict all US and global weather. NOAA Satellites generate vital advance warnings for severe weather events helping us to make informed decisions on everything from population evacuations to flight patterns.
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.
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!
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.
NOAA Climate.gov 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.