Four students reach their hands into a touch tank of marine intertidal organisms.
About the Office of Education

The Office of Education works to advance education both within NOAA and with the public we serve. We provide scholarships and collaborate with universities to prepare the brightest minds from diverse backgrounds in NOAA-related fields. We offer competitive grants and establish partnerships to integrate NOAA science into schools and organizations. Lastly, we help coordinate educational activities across NOAA and with external partners to ensure that these efforts are effective and continually improved.


postsecondary students were trained through NOAA Office of Education higher education programs in fiscal year 2023.


partner institutions work with NOAA through the José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions to train students and align research priorities in NOAA sciences.


students participated in inquiry-based activities both in the classroom and outdoors through NOAA B-WET in fiscal year 2023.

$149 million

has been awarded to 981 B-WET projects to bring locally relevant, authentic experiential environmental learning to K-12 audiences since 2002.


alumni from more than 350 colleges and universities have participated in the Hollings Scholarship.


different majors have been studied by Hollings scholars and alumni since 2005.


students have been supported by José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions programs since 2001.


K-12 students participated in formal education programs supported by the Environmental Literacy Program in fiscal year 2022.


responses to questions from the public per year since fiscal year 2020. Got a question? Email!


members are part of the Science On a Sphere Users Collaborative Network.


graduate students have completed NOAA Experiential Research and Training Opportunities.


educators received professional development to help incorporate Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences into their classrooms in fiscal year 2023.


institutions received support from the Environmental Literacy Program to help people become more aware of how to increase their resilience to environmental threats assessed by NOAA in fiscal year 2022.


institutions host NOAA Science On a Sphere exhibits worldwide.


datasets are in the Science On a Sphere catalog, 42 of which are real-time. 


undergraduate students per year receive tuition support and paid summer internships with NOAA across the country. 


people attended conferences where NOAA Education hosted an exhibit booth in fiscal year 2023.