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November 6th, 2018 – Happy Voting Day!

Have You Heard? Planet Stewards Yearly Call for Applications is Opened;
Informative Webinar Taking Place November 20th, 8pm ET

The yearly call for applications to join the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project (PSEP) Stewardship Community opened the week of October 29, 2018. An informative webinar will take place for interested elementary to undergraduate formal/informal educators working with students on Nov. 20th at 8pm ET. Please share with your colleagues and networks. Applications will be accepted until December 3rd.


BookClub with Author November 26th, 8pm ET

Word went out recently to announce our November 26th bookclub at 8pm ET with Lisa Gardiner, author or the newly published Tales from An Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change. This is sure to be an engaging and informative bookclub, especially since the author will join us. We hope you read the book and/or join us for a lively discussion!

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PSEP Webinar Nov. 13th: The Teacher Friendly Guide to Climate Change

Teacher Guide

The November Planet Steward’s webinar will include an overview of the book, The Teacher Friendly Guide to Climate Change, with a discussion of how and why to keep hope in one’s approach to teaching about the problem, and time with Don Duggan-Haas, Director of Teacher Programs and Dr. Ingrid Zabel, Climate Change Education Manager, both at at Paleontological Research Institute (PRI). Join us on the 13th at 7:30pm ET. Download a free PDF of the book.  Click Here to Reserve Your Seat!


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Apply to Be a NOAA Teacher at Sea this November!

Do you want to be a NOAA Teacher at Sea in 2019? The online application will be open from November 1 - 30, 2018. Check out NOAA’s FAQs for more info about the program or see a sample application.



Ongoing OneNOAA Science Seminars

OneNOAA Science Seminars is a joint effort by several NOAA seminar partners to help share science and information across NOAA and our constituents. See the OneNOAA Seminar Series in Google calendar format or send an email with the word “subscribe” in the subject line to receive emails of upcoming programs that include:


Webinar Thursday, November 8th, 3pm ET

Quickly Increasing Anthropogenic Global Warming Acceptance:

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The American Geosciences Institute's Center for Geoscience and Society, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and the National Earth Science Teachers Association are collaborating with other organizations and member societies to support implementation of the Earth and space science Next Generation Science Standards. The webinar will be offered on, Thursday, November 8 at 4 p.m. ET. Registration is required by November 6 here. You will receive webinar access information a day or two before the webinar. A recording will also be posted on the NGSS-ESS webinar page where we invite you to view archived videos of all of the previous webinars.


The Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy – Apply Now!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018–2019 cohort through November 12th, 2018. The program—designed specifically for middle school teachers (grades 5–8)—was established to help enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence in science, engineering and technology, while increasing teacher understanding about the skills needed for a scientifically literate workforce. 

Northrup Teacher Academy

The Academy, which is directed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), will support up to 29 teachers of physical science, engineering, and/or technology located in school districts in select Northrop Grumman communities in the United States, as well as from Australia. The teachers will be immersed throughout the year in a host of blended professional learning opportunities in science, technology, and engineering.


National Network of Ocean and Climate Change Interpreters (NNOCCI)
Study Circle - Applications Now Available

Study Circles are 70 hour courses open to pairs of colleagues from institutions in informal education and climate science who want to improve their skills at engaging the public in climate conversations. Email for more information on upcoming Study Circle opportunities. Click here to review all their trainings.



NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest Opens for K-8th Students

Marine Debris Whale

Are you a student or teacher with a passion for art, our ocean, and Great Lakes? Then break out your art supplies because NOAA needs YOUR help to raise awareness about marine debris! This year’s Art Contest is officially open, and students in grades K-8 can submit their artwork now through November 30th that answers the questions: How does marine debris impact the ocean and Great Lakes? And What are you doing to help prevent marine debris? Artwork could be featured in our 2020 Marine Debris Calendar! Visit the NOAA Marine Debris Program website and download the student entry form and flyer.


Dept. of Energy’s Collegiate Wind Competition Seeking Teams

DOE Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory has issued a Request for Proposal for colleges and universities interested in participating in the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition 2020 with selected university teams being awarded $20,000 in seed funding to compete in the event. The organizers will select 10 to 12 teams of students to compete in the challenge, co-located with the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER Conference in Denver, Colorado on June 1–4, 2020. Interested students and faculty can learn more about the RFP and its requirements by visiting the FedBizOpps listing. An informational webinar recording about the competition and the application process can be found here.


Celebrate Antarctic Day 2018 - Sign Up to Take Part by November 9th!

Antarctica Day

Teachers – Celebrate Antarctica Day with a phone call from an Antarctic expert to your school! The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration is collaborating with the British Antarctic Survey on an opportunity for elementary, middle and high school students to talk to a polar researcher on weekdays from 3-7 December to celebrate Antarctica Day on December 1. More details of how it will work are on the ITGC website here. Teachers must sign up to participate by November 9th! No time to dally!


National STEM Competition Looking For Teacher & Student Participants

NSTA is proud to administer eCYBERMISSION, a web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6-9. As a community-based STEM program, students are encouraged to explore how STEM positively impacts the world around them. They are looking for teachers, like you, to participate as Team Advisors. Don't miss the early registration deadline on November 21. All students registered to a team by this date receive a FREE STEM Kit. Registration closes in December and projects are due in February. All students who submit a project are recognized for their accomplishment and compete for state, regional and national awards. And guess what? No registration fee!


Grant Opportunities

  • Pacific Northwest Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Grants 
    can be found at under funding opportunity number NOAA-NOS-ONMS-2019-2005862. Deadline is December 21. A webinar will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 3 to 4:30pm PT to provide information about the grant opportunity, including examples of NOAA resources available to support meaningful watershed educational experiences. Call to learn more.
  • Forest Service Competitive Funding Program:  The  U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is pleased to announce a competitive funding opportunity for citizen science projects. All USFS units and partners are invited to apply for up to $25,000/project. Project applications are due 1/31/18.

  • The Gulf of Mexico Climate and Resilience Community of Practice (CoP) is seeking coastal communities to participate in climate adaptation projects that will serve as examples to other Gulf communities. A Letter of Intent is required by January 15, 2019 to be considered for funding. Click here for Submission Guidelines.

  • The WHALE TAIL® grants support programs that teach California's children and the general public to value and take action to improve the health of the state's marine and coastal resources. Adopt-A-Beach® programs, as well as other beach maintenance and coastal habitat restoration projects that have an educational component, are also eligible for these grants. This grant program focuses on reaching communities that are currently poorly served in terms of marine and coastal education. Guidelines and Application Packet can be found here in PDF format for California organizations and educators.



Into the Deep! Video

Celebrate the Halloween season with “Creep into the Deep,” NOAA’s scariest Ever Full Moon six-part video Collection about bioluminescence, deep ocean exploration, and the evolution and uniqueness of deep ocean creatures.



Trash Counts Video Series from NOAA

If you wish to be part of the solution to marine debris and are ready to do more than talk trash, watch NOAA’s new Trash Counts video series featuring a citizen science high school project in their latest video that is making a difference, one data entry at a time. (3:34)


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Stanford Ocean Acidification Experience

Stanford researchers have produced a virtual underwater ecosystem to allow you to observe firsthand what coral reefs are expected to look like by the end of the century if we do not curb our CO2 emissions. Each step in this VR journey is based on decades of marine science research. The experience is free to download for viewing with the HTC Vive. Find downloads here.

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An Inspiring HS Citizen Science Project Using NOAA Satellite Data

This story of high school students listening to audio tracks of NOAA satellite data and identifying the sounds of solar storms buffeting Earth’s magnetic field led researchers to discover changes in ultra-low frequency waves that transfer energy from outside Earth’s magnetic shield to regions inside it. Scientists now think that this happens more frequently than previously thought. The story discusses the potential of involving citizen scientists in analyzing audio track representations of large datasets.



Planet Stewards Education Program Connection Links

And don't forget. Join us November 26, Monday, at 8pm ET for our bi-monthly book club, Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change with author Lisa Gardiner. Learn more.


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