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Education at home

A student contemplates her Climate Action Plan during the 2018 Catskill Youth Climate Summit

Updated July 2, 2020

With lots of kids home from school, you might be looking for educational activities that can be done without leaving the house. Here’s a quick roundup of NOAA’s most popular educational resources to help you safely hunker down while learning about the ocean and atmosphere.

Hands-on science activities

Summer campers investigate marine life with the help of NOAA staff.

Need a quick activity for earth science education? Below are hands-on activities that can be done in 15-30 minutes that get students thinking about how things really work. Activites were developed by NOAA Teacher At Sea alumni and other NOAA partners and each has been tested with students of various ages.

Technology & engineering

The remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer (left; on the deck of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer) will be used to image unexplored areas of the Blake Plateau, Blake Ridge, Blake Escarpment, submarine canyons offshore of North Carolina, submerged cultural heritage sites, areas predicted to be suitable habitat for deep-sea corals and sponges, intercanyon areas, and gas seeps. 2019 photo.

If it weren’t for our satellites, buoys, planes, and ships, NOAA wouldn’t have nearly the amount of data it does today. That’s why technology and innovation are key ingredients for cutting-edge science. In this collection of lessons, mobile apps, videos, data, and more, you can learn how NOAA uses technology and engineering to get the job done.

Virtual booth: NOAA Education at NSTA

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.

NOAA Education is a proud supporter of the National Science Teaching Associationoffsite link. Although the national conference was canceled this year due to public health recommendations, we still want to share our resources with you. Below are digital versions of many of the items we would have at our exhibit booth. Also check out additional links along the right side (if you're on desktop) or bottom (if you're on mobile) for programs and products we would have been promoting. As always, our resources are free.