About NOAA Education
The NOAA education community includes programs, offices, partners, and passionate individuals that represent the breadth of NOAA’s mission areas.
Our members connect people with resources such as NOAA-related sciences, places, products, and services unique to NOAA’s mission. The education community brings distinct skills and expertise to the table as we work together to get the most out of our efforts. To facilitate this process, we coordinate through the NOAA Education Council, guided by the NOAA Education Strategic Plan, which outlines our shared goals and priorities.
NOAA's mandate to educate
Congress defined NOAA's role in science education in the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology Education and Science Act of 2007, or America COMPETES. The America COMPETES Act was reauthorized in 2017 as the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The Act provides broad authority for educational activities and requires us to develop and update an Education Strategic Plan.
This act complements the following standing mandates that include education as an integral piece of how we do business:
- Coastal Zone Management Act (National Estuarine Research Reserve System)
- Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program)
- Coral Reef Conservation Act
- Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
- Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act
- National Marine Sanctuaries Act
- National Sea Grant College and Program Act
- Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act)
- Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Ocean Exploration and Research)
- Tsunami Warning and Education Act