Teachers: 5 programs that bring Earth science #BacktoSchool

With offices located around the country and a mission that spans surface of the sun to the sea floor, NOAA has many education resources to choose from. Here are five programs you can explore online and connect with on social media to bring NOAA science in your classroom.

NOAA's Digital Coast highlights #BacktoSchool resources to help educators bring coastal training resources and real data into classrooms.

NOAA's Digital Coast highlights #BacktoSchool resources to help educators bring coastal training resources and real data into classrooms. (Image credit: NOAA Digital Coast)

1. Explore NOAA’s redesigned education website.

Find educational resources and opportunities from across NOAA at the NOAA Education Portal.

The NOAA Education Portal, brought to you by the Office of Education, is your one stop shop to connect with resources and opportunities from all of our scientific mission areas. The NOAA Education Portal has a new look and a new home on NOAA.gov — now you can easily navigate between NOAA’s breaking news, featured stories, and education resources. Follow on Twitter @NOAAeducation.


2. #Teach4Climate: Join the call for climate education, action, and awareness.

With another school year rapidly approaching, a flotilla of partners are working together to support educators in enhancing the climate literacy of American students and citizens.

The #Teach4Climate social media initiative is an open discussion and commitment to education, engagement, and innovative climate change education resources and opportunities. #Teach4Climate supports the White House Climate Education and Literacy Initiative and builds on the #Youth4Climate offsite link campaign launched in 2015 around the COP21 Climate Talks offsite link. Follow NOAA climate on Twitter @NOAAClimate and @NOAANCEIclimate.


3. Bring weather and safety information #Back2School with Owlie Skywarn.

Investigate weather science, learn about weather safety, and follow along on the adventures of Owlie Skywarn, the National Weather Service mascot.

The National Weather Service Mascot, Owlie Skywarn, is the purveyor of educational resources that that not only educate students about weather, but also teach how to keep schools and communities safe from hazards. Connect with Owlie on Facebook and Twitter, or for a digest, check out out the National Weather Service’s list of back to school resources


4. Tackle marine debris this school year to keep our coasts clean.

Marine debris is a serious issue facing the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. NOAA’s Marine Debris Program offers curricula, activities, and actions that schools can take to learn about the problem and even become part of the solution. Looking for a way to start the conversation? Consider watching the TRASH TALK Special Feature, a 15 minute video on marine debris, which recently won a Regional Emmy® Award. Follow on Twitter @NOAADebris.


5. Use real data and #BacktoSchool coastal training resources in your classroom.

What coastal issue is your challenge? Find tips for dealing with it at Digital Coast.

NOAA’s Digital Coast provides tools to help communities manage a wide variety of coastal issues, from erosion and beach access to sea level rise and storm surge. The Digital Coast team highlights resources that help educators to bring real data and coastal training resources into classrooms. The Office for Coastal Management also offers Teachers on the Estuary workshops around the country. Follow on Twitter @NOAADigCoast.


These five campaigns highlight just a handful of NOAA’s many education programs. Are you using these or other NOAA resources in your classroom? We want to hear from you! Let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter or email us at education@noaa.gov.