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In this collection, we have included suggested age ranges and audiences. We have noted resources that are mobile friendly or printable.

 

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Designed in response to COVID-19.

 

CIRES/NOAA Science-at-home speaker seriesoffsite link

For 6th grade - adults • Self-guided experience for kids
The CIRES/NOAA Science-at-Home Virtual Speaker Series runs at 11:00 am Tuesdays and 1:00 pm Thursdays and is designed to show young students at home the work being done at CIRES and NOAA, and offer recommendations to activities that can be done at home to reinforce learning.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center (CELC) Network online resources

For everyone • Self-guided experience for kids
Missing your favorite aquariums? Don’t worry! NOAA’s CELC Network has put together a list of fun virtual educational activities for all ages to enjoy at home. Whether it’s watching how to train sea lions, getting a virtual tour of some of our partner aquarium’s exciting research labs and exhibits, or watching penguins take their afternoon wobble through their home, you’ll find it all.
Lessons/activities • Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


Florida Sea Grant presents: Bite-sized Scienceoffsite link

For 6th grade - adults • Self-guided experience for kids
The Bite-sized Science webinar series hosts experts on healthy coastal habitats, fish and fisheries, threats to coastal ecosystems, sustainability, and aquaculture and seafood. Each 30-minute webinar will start at 4:00 pm Eastern and attendees will need to register for each webinar that they would like to participate in. 
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


H.O.M.E.S. at Home webinar seriesoffsite link

For 2nd - 8th grade, parents/guardians • Self-guided experience for kids
Join Michigan Sea Grant for a series of fun-filled, family-friendly videos jam-packed full of Great Lakes (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior or “H.O.M.E.S.”) fun facts, activity suggestions for your family, and daily challenges. Each video provides a high-energy experience that engages people of all ages in learning about the Great Lakes and activities you can do right at home! Anyone who completes five challenges will be emailed a Great Lakes Jr. Scientist certificate to print and proudly display at home. 
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


 

Hurricanes at Home! webinar series

For 4th - 6th grade • Self-guided experience for kids
This webinar series from the National Hurricane Center features forecasters from local NWS Weather Forecast Offices, flight directors and other personnel from the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center, the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, and international meteorological agencies.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


Mobile-friendly educational resources

For everyone
With recent events, teaching students science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines has become even more of a challenge, especially for the children who need it most. Compiled by NOAA Satellites, this list of NOAA’s mobile-friendly STEM educational resources will help fill the gap. 
Lessons/activities • Data resource • Mobile friendly


NOAA Live! webinar seriesoffsite link

For 2nd - 8th grade, parents/guardians • Self-guided experience for kids
Learn more about what NOAA scientists are doing with this webinar series from Woods Hole Sea Grant. Each webinar features a different NOAA expert or topic and a question and answers session. Webinars are held each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:00 am Eastern time during school closures and are recorded.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


NOAA Live! Pacific Islands interactive webinar series

For 2nd - 8th grade, parents/guardians • Self-guided experience for kids
While you are at home, explore these six interactive webinars geared towards students in second through eighth grade. Each webinar features a different NOAA expert and topic, as well as a moderated question and answer session.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly


Science on a Sphere Explorer™ demo videos

For 6th grade - adults • Self-guided experience for kids
A pocket-sized version of NOAA’s Science On a Sphere®, the SOS Explorer™ (SOSx) mobile app animates the world right on your smartphone. With the switch to distance learning, the NOAA Global Systems Laboratory education team has been demonstrating how easy it is to use SOSx to do mini-lessons.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


Virtual booth: NOAA Education

For K - undergraduate
NOAA Education is a proud supporter of the National Science Teaching Association. Although the national conference was canceled this year due to public health recommendations, we still want to share our resources with you. Explore digital versions of many of the items we would have at our exhibit booth.
Lessons/activities • Photo/art • Mobile friendly • Printable resource

 

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Explore your world through data, visualizations, and virtual expeditions.

 

Data in the Classroom

For 5th grade - undergraduate, educators
Data in the Classroom has structured, student-directed lesson plans that use historical and real-time NOAA data. The five modules address research questions and include stepped levels of engagement with complex inquiry investigations with real-time and past data.
Lessons/activities • Data resource •  Mobile friendly • Printable resource


Data resources for educators

For educators
With dozens of websites and hundreds of variables to choose from, it can be tricky for educators to know how to get their students started with NOAA’s scientific data. This collection highlights ocean and atmosphere data sources that are easy to use and appropriate for classrooms and informal learning environments.
Lessons/activities • Data resource • Mobile friendly • Printable resource


National Marine Sanctuaries virtual dives

For everyone • Self-guided experience for kids
Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet! These virtual reality voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary.
Data resource • Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly


Participate in MOSAiC Arctic expeditionoffsite link

For everyone • Self-guided experience for kids
Take a (virtual) trip to the central Arctic with the MOSAiC expeditionoffsite link. Hear from scientistsoffsite link on the expedition, create and submitoffsite link your own Arctic art, and even enroll in an Arctic-themed Coursera courseoffsite link.
Lessons/activities • Data resource • Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly • Printable resource


SOS Explorer™ (SOSx) mobile app

For everyone • Self-guided experience for kids
The revolutionary mobile app takes Science On a Sphere® (SOS) datasets, usually only seen on a 6-foot sphere in large museum spaces, and brings them into the palm of your hand. The visualizations show information provided by satellites, ground observations and computer models.
Data resource • Mobile friendly


Tiny tutorials

For 6th grade - adults • Self-guided experience for kids
When it comes to using a new online data portal, sometimes the first five clicks are the hardest. Our tiny tutorials are designed to break the ice and get you started. These simple animations walk you through our data visualizations step by step.
Data resource • Mobile friendly • Printable resource

 

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Engage the youngest learners.

 

Elementary resources

For K - 5th grade, parents/guardians, educators
It’s never too early to start teaching science! Dive into these resources and try out some hands-on science activities.
Lessons/activities • Data resource • Video/webinar • Mobile friendly 


NOAA and the Octonauts podcast

For pre-K - 2nd grade, parents/guardians
Learn more about the real-life versions of The Octonauts™ sea creatures and the ocean they call home in the podcast from the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center Network.
Podcast/audio • Mobile friendly 


NOAA’s Octonauts corner

For pre-K - 5th grade • Self-guided experience for kids
Join a virtual mission with The Octonauts™ to explore new underwater worlds, rescue amazing sea creatures, and protect the ocean — all from the comfort of your home!
Lessons/activities • Video/webinar • Podcast/audio • Mobile friendly 

 

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Meet role models, chart your own career path.

 

Career resources

For everyone
See our career resources to meet inspiring award winners, read career profiles, find job resources, and explore lessons and activities.
Lessons/activities • News and stories • Videos/webinars • Career exploration • Mobile friendly • Printable resource


International Women’s Day Speaker Series (day 1 and day 2)

For everyone
Want to be a scientist at NOAA? Learn what it's like from these 2019 Women's History Month panels featuring NOAA researchers.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


NOAA story map: Women’s History Month 2020offsite link

For everyone
More women than ever are currently working for NOAA. In their own words, listen to their experiences and become inspired to follow your own path to success.
News/stories • Career exploration • Website • Mobile friendly


Student opportunities

For K - postdoctoral
It’s never too early to start thinking about your next steps! Find information about educational opportunities that are available throughout NOAA.
Career exploration • Mobile friendly

Become an expert in Earth science.

Bay Backpackoffsite link

For educators
Bay Backpack is an online resource that supports hands-on environmental learning. By providing educators with information about funding opportunities, field studies, and curriculum guides and lesson plans related to the Chesapeake Bay, Bay Backpack helps educators find the tools they need to give their students Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs).
Lessons/activities • Data resource • Videos/webinars


Climate.gov's Teaching Climate

For parents/guardians, educators
Scientifically reviewed resources for teaching about climate and energy including lessons, videos, demos, and more. Be sure to explore the visuals, videos, demos, experiments, and tools at the bottom.
Lessons/activities • Data resource • Videos/webinars •  Printable resource


Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)offsite link

For parents/guardians, educators
This collection of climate and energy science educational resources supports a community of professionals committed to improving climate and energy literacy.
Lessons/activities • Data resource • Mobile friendly • Printable resource


Discover Your Changing World With NOAA

For 3rd - 8th grade, parents/guardians, educators • Self-guided experience for kids
Are you ready to discover your changing world? This free activity book will help you learn about Earth's climate system, the factors that drive and change it, the impacts of those changes, and what you can do to explore, understand, and protect our Earth. 
Lessons/activities • Printable resource


Discover Your World With NOAA

For 3rd - 8th grade, parents/guardians, educators • Self-guided experience for kids
Enjoy dozens of hands-on activities and lessons in this free activity for students and educators. 
Lessons/activities • Printable resource


Explore the blue with National Marine Sanctuaries

For everyone • Self-guided experience for kids
Join NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries as we connect you to the network of underwater parks encompassing over 600,000 square miles of pristine marine ecosystems. Live interactions, tailored for students and run through Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, will connect viewers with national marine sanctuary experts in research, education, and exploration in real time.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


Fun facts about sea life

For everyone
NOAA Fisheries answers thousands of questions every year about the oceans and the life that thrives within them. Learn fascinating information about fish and other marine animals, and dive deeper into more information on these species.
News/stories • Mobile friendly


Florida Sea Grant presents: Bite-sized Scienceoffsite link

For 6th grade - adults • Self-guided experience for kids
The Bite-sized Science webinar series hosts experts on healthy coastal habitats, fish and fisheries, threats to coastal ecosystems, sustainability, and aquaculture and seafood. Each 30-minute webinar will start at 4:00 pm Eastern and attendees will need to register for each webinar that they would like to participate in. 
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


JetStream: The online school for weather

For 4th grade - adults, educators • Self-guided experience for kids
JetStream is arranged by subject; beginning with global and large-scale weather patterns followed by lessons on air masses, wind patterns, cloud formations, and more.
Lessons/activities • Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly • Printable resource


Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) 101

For educators
This course is made up of three lessons that will introduce you to the MWEE, explore what MWEEs can look like, highlight the MWEE's components, and introduce the tools that support the development and implementation of MWEEs. Educators from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia can earn continuing education credit for completing this course.
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National Marine Sanctuaries webinar series

For educators
The National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series provides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources, and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series targets formal and informal educators that are engaging students (elementary through college) in formal classroom settings, as well as members of the community in informal educational venues (e.g. after school programs, science centers, aquariums, etc.).
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


National Weather Service Weather 101 classes

For everyone • Self-guided experience for kids

Need some weather education while at home? Check out these on-line weather  presentations from Weather Forecast Offices across the country. (Note these may be cancelled on short notice due to weather and staffing limitations.)
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


NOAA Environmental Science Training Center online educator workshops

For parents/guardians, educators
These workshops, focusing on the Chesapeake Bay watershed, connect educators with science content from NOAA and NOAA partners and also include how to apply this science with students in the classroom as well as in the field. Topics we explore include climate change, fisheries science, and water quality. 
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


NOAA Live! webinar seriesoffsite link

For 2nd - 8th grade, parents/guardians • Self-guided experience for kids
Learn more about what NOAA scientists are doing with this webinar series from Woods Hole Sea Grant. Each webinar features a different NOAA expert or topic and a question and answers session. Webinars are held each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:00 am Eastern time during school closures and are recorded.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


NOAA SciJinks

For 5th - 12th grade, parents/guardians, educators
NOAA SciJinks inspires and engages students to learn about weather, satellite meteorology and Earth science. Articles, games and videos are targeted toward middle- and high-school aged students and their educators.
Lessons/activities • Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly


Marine Debris lessons and activities

For K - 12th grade  
Learn about how you can prevent marine debris with lessons and activities for first through 12th graders. 
Lessons/activities • Mobile friendly • Printable resource


Ocean exploration-themed lesson plans

For pre-K through undergraduate, educators
NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research strives to engage broad audiences through the excitement of ocean discovery. This collection features lesson plans, professional development for educators, expeditions, and more. 
Lessons/activities • Mobile friendly • Printable resource

 

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Watch, listen, and learn.

 

Hurricanes at Home! webinar series 

For 4th - 6th grade • Self-guided experience for kids
This webinar series from the National Hurricane Center features forecasters from local NWS Weather Forecast Offices, flight directors and other personnel from the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center, the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, and international meteorological agencies.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


National Marine Sanctuaries webinar series

For educators
The National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series provides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources, and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series targets formal and informal educators that are engaging students (elementary through college) in formal classroom settings, as well as members of the community in informal educational venues (e.g. after school programs, science centers, aquariums, etc.).
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


NOAA and the Octonauts podcast

For pre-K - 2nd grade, parents/guardians
Learn more about the real-life versions of The Octonauts™ sea creatures and the ocean they call home in the podcast from the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center Network.
Podcast/audio • Mobile friendly 


NOAA Live! Pacific Islands interactive webinar series

For 2nd - 8th grade, parents/guardians • Self-guided experience for kids
While you are at home, explore these six interactive webinars geared towards students in second through eighth grade. Each webinar features a different NOAA expert and topic, as well as a moderated question and answer session.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly


NOAA Ocean Podcast

For teens, adults 
Connect with ocean experts and explore topics from corals to coastal science with this audio podcast.
Podcast/audio • Mobile friendly 


NOAA Ocean Today

For everyone • Self-guided experience for kids
Watch. Explore. Discover. View the beauty and mystery of the ocean realm captured on video around the globe.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


NOAA’s 50th Anniversary

For everyone
Delve into the archives and celebrate NOAA’s 50th anniversary with oral histories and interviews from our storied past.
News/stories • Podcast/audio • Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


NOAA SciJinks videos

For 5th - 12th grade, parents/guardians, educators  • Self-guided experience for kids
Get answers to popular student questions like, “Why don’t satellites fall out of the sky?” with educational videos from SciJinks in a Snap! or meet a GOES-R series weather satellite.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 

 

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Learn on demand with archived webinars.

 

Hurricanes at Home! webinar series

For 4th - 6th grade • Self-guided experience for kids
This webinar series from the National Hurricane Center features forecasters from local NWS Weather Forecast Offices, flight directors and other personnel from the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center, the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, and international meteorological agencies.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center Network aquaculture webinars

For adults
The Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center Network, consortium of 27 aquariums and marine science education centers in North America, hosts regular webinars featuring aquaculture experts in the field. 
Videos/webinars


Explore the blue with National Marine Sanctuaries

For everyone • Self-guided experience for kids
Join NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries as we connect you to the network of underwater parks encompassing over 600,000 square miles of pristine marine ecosystems. Live interactions, tailored for students and run through Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, will connect viewers with national marine sanctuary experts in research, education, and exploration in real time.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


National Marine Sanctuaries webinar series

For educators
The National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series provides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources, and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series targets formal and informal educators that are engaging students (elementary through college) in formal classroom settings, as well as members of the community in informal educational venues (e.g. after school programs, science centers, aquariums, etc.).
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


NOAA Live! webinar seriesoffsite link

For 2nd - 8th grade, parents/guardians • Self-guided experience for kids
Learn more about what NOAA scientists are doing with this webinar series from Woods Hole Sea Grant. Each webinar features a different NOAA expert or topic and a question and answers session. Webinars are held each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:00 am Eastern time during school closures and are recorded.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


NOAA Planet Stewards archived webinars for educators

For educators
These webinars cover a range of NOAA topics including decreasing the impacts of marine debris, and conserving and restoring natural resources. Presentations include talks by scientists, communicators, and educators.
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly 


Office of National Marine Sanctuaries archived webinars for educators

For educators
The National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series provides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series targets formal and informal educators that are engaging students (elementary through college) in formal classroom settings, as well as members of the community in informal educational venues (e.g.,. after school programs, science centers, aquariums, etc.)
Videos/webinars • Mobile friendly  

 

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Make, create, and contribute.

 

Sharks and rays in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuaryoffsite link New!

For grades K-8  • Self-guided experience for kids
Download this fun coloring book to discover the sharks and rays of the Channel Islands. This 20-page coloring book has species descriptions, samples of natural colors, a matching activity and 11 x 17 coloring poster. 
Lessons/activities • Photos/art • Printable resource


An ocean of art

For grades K-8  • Self-guided experience for kids
This new coloring book from the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and several partners inspires everyone to learn about and appreciate the ocean. Download individual coloring sheets or the whole book and visit the links to learn more about each featured animal.
Lessons/activities • Photos/art • Printable resource


Museum of MOSAiC Artoffsite link

For everyone  • Self-guided experience for kids
Inspired by the Arctic? Submit artwork to the Museum of MOSAiC Art in conjunction with the MOSAiC expeditionoffsite link
Lessons/activities • Photos/art • Mobile friendly


Volunteer opportunities

For everyone
Participate in citizen science without leaving your home: review our volunteer opportunities for projects that can be done online, indoors, or on your smartphone.
Lessons/activities • Mobile friendly


Marine Endangered Species Art Contest

For grades K-12  • Self-guided experience for kids
Note: This contest has closed for 2020, but you may enjoy exploring the past winners and we still encourage you to create your own art!
NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region encourages K-12 artists to celebrate marine endangered species. Electronic submissions are due on April 24, 2020.
Lessons/activities • Photos/art • Mobile friendly


Stellwagen Bank Marine Art Contest

For grades K-12  • Self-guided experience for kids
Note: This contest has closed for 2020, but you may enjoy exploring the past winners and we still encourage you to create your own art!
With submissions ranging from tiny plankton to giant whales, students from anywhere in the world are invited to submit artwork that explores the biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank sanctuary. Electronic submissions are due May 15, 2020. 
Lessons/activities • Photos/art • Mobile friendly

 

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