The Watch, Feb. 12, 2019 – Planet Stewards Education Program

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February 12, 2019

It’s winter, but no matter the cold spells, snow storms, wind, sleet, rain... NOAA Planet Stewards Education Program keeps moving forward. Last year, we expanded our roster to over 2,100 formal and informal educators and engaged more than 3,750 educators in monthly webinars. This year we’re reaching a network still greater and we’ve only just begun! Here’s to having you alongside us no matter the weather!




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Planet Stewards Next Book Club

Join the next Planet Stewards book club as they discuss the award-winning young-fiction book, Ship Breaker by author Paolo Bacigalupi. NOAA PSEP Peer Leader Jillian Worssam will lead its discussion on 2/18, Monday, at 8pm ET. Discussion questions are listed on the NOAA PSEP website  with a brief introduction of the book. Learn more >



Secondary NGSS Weather Unit Webinar 


The Next Generation Science Standards-Earth/Space Working Group is pleased to announce a free webinar: A secondary NGSS weather unit: Emphasizing high-leverage science and literacy practices within the 3-dimensional learning context on Thursday, February 14 at 4 p.m. ET. Register here> 



MA in Teaching from AMNH

Fast! Applications are open until Friday, Feb. 15. Apply now for the 2020 class. Learn to teach Earth & Space science in New York City through the MA in Teaching Urban Residency Program at the American Museum of Natural History. 


STEM in Long Island Sound 


Join Project Oceanology and New England Science & Sailing (NESS) for a 2-day professional development program April 5-6. The focus will be on climate change and human impacts in Long Island sound.  Survey harbor seal populations aboard the research vessel Envirolab, explore climate change concepts using hands-on activities, engineer an aquaponics system, and design, build, and test an ROV. Deadline to apply is February 22nd. Learn more >


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Ocean Literacy Under Sail

California educators, please join the summit on "Ocean Literacy Under Sail," on February 25 in San Pedro, California, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM with an evening reception on board the WWII Lane Victory. All educators and interested people are welcome! Free. To register for the Summit, call Tall Ships America at 401-846-1775 (EST). Learn more >



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Talk Climate Institute in March

Get empowered to make a difference in your community, family, neighborhood, and workplace when it comes to climate communication. Join Climate Generation at “Talk Climate Institute” on March 25-26 in Duluth, MN. Scholarships are available. Learn more >



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NASA Earth to Sky Academy

The application process for the Earth to Sky Academy is now open until March 31st. A 5-day course will be held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for teams of 3-5 people from Oct. 21-25 who are interested in strengthening their climate communication.  A webinar will take place on Tuesday February 26, 2019 at 3 pm Eastern Time. No prior registration is required to join.


Summer Learning Opportunities from the AMS 

Enhance your knowledge of Earth system science via one of these two renowned summer professional development opportunities by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Education Program and their partners.

Project ATMOSPHERE:  Join fellow science teachers for a online and in-residence teacher professional development course with a one-week residence experience in Kansas City, MO at NOAA’s National Weather Service Training Center, 29 July - 3 August 2019. Travel, lodging, meals, and all materials are provided in addition to a $300 stipend. The application deadline is 1 April 2019. Learn more >

The Maury Project:  Explore the fundamentals of physical oceanography in Annapolis, MD, 14-26 July 2019 and gain valuable field experience. Travel, lodging, meals, and all materials are provided in addition to a $600 stipend. The application deadline is 1 April 2019. Learn more online >


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Long Island Sound Study – Apply Now!

Long Island Sound Study is currently accepting applications due Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 for mentor teachers offering a $1000 Stipend. The program goals are to promote the use of Long Island Sound educational resources in K-12 classrooms. To learn more >  or apply >

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IMLS Grant News

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has launched a new grant initiative focused on serving small and rural libraries in three project categories: Transforming School Library Practice; Community Memory; and Digital Inclusion with a deadline to apply of Feb. 25, 2019. The grant awards are from $10,000 - $50,000 for two years. Learn more here.


Fifth Annual UL Innovative Education Award

The fifth UL Innovative Education Award recognizes non-profit organizations across the U.S. & Canada that have made a difference in their communities through their work to advance environmental education. Award winners will each receive a monetary award of $25,000, $50,000 or $100,000. The winners will work with UL employees, including science, engineering, technology and communication experts to build on organizational capacities. Deadline to apply is March 12. Learn more >



 Ocean Literacy Survey 

Educators working with students 15-17 years old are asked to distribute the  ocean literacy survey by March 22, 2019 on behalf of the the International Ocean Literacy community. The survey allows the comparison of levels of ocean knowledge across time and location. Information letters for both parents and students, and a script to read to students before they take the survey are provided. Learn more >



California B-WET Grants Now Available 

Proposals are due April 5, 2019 for the California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Grants to support environment-based education throughout the watersheds of San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara.  Join B-WET for an informational webinar on the grant 2/19 at 3pm PT. Visit the California B-WET webpage for more information and to apply.



Connected Ocean Art Challenge

The theme for the 2019 Science without Borders® Challenge is “Connected Ocean: No Barriers, No Boundaries, and No Borders.” Students 11-19 years old are asked to illustrate how the ocean is connected. Scholarships of up to $500 are awarded to the winning entries. Deadline for entry is Monday, April 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm. For more information about the contest, check out Contest Rules and Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.


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Presentations/Posters Submission for NME

The National Marine Educators Assoc. (NMEA) Conference will take place July 21-25 at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. Presentation and poster submissions are being requested by March 15th. This year's theme is "Turning the Tide: Learning from Yesterday, Adapting for Tomorrow." Find out more on the conference page here >



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NSTA, April 11th-15th

Planning to attend or present at the National Science Teachers Assoc. National Conference in St. Louis come April? If so, NOAA Planet Stewards wants to know. Email Bruce Moravchik at the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Program office  and plan to meet up with other Planet Stewards while you're there!




Science Over Everything is a blog and website dedicated to helping students understand current events in science and why they are relevant. The site utilizes the expertise of several STEM researchers who communicate the impact and significance of their work. Each post comes with resources for teachers to use in their classroom such as article guides, activities, or labs.  Check it out here.


Water Education Website

The world’s leading water education website for children from Project WET and Ecolab has been newly renovated! features nine learning units designed for students in upper elementary and middle school and including  topics such as the water cycle, oceans, watersheds, water conservation, and so much more. To date, the program has reached nearly 7.5 million people worldwide so grab your computer or tablet to access 
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Podcasts on Conservation and More!

Podcasts for Education! What's in your podcast playlist? Do you incorporate them into your formal or informal classroom? Check out this list of suggested podcasts from the North and America Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)  on conservation: Sustainability Defined, Eyes on Conservation;  Conservation Matters.

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New Climate Change Education from WGBH and PBS

CLIMATE CHANGE Impacts and Solutions: Drought is a new learning resource collection produced by WGBH and available on PBS LearningMedia. In this set of activities and resources, students learn about impacts of drought through news videos of communities facing serious water shortages, analyze drought data and models, and research and evaluate potential solutions. This lesson works well as a component within a larger unit on climate change, its impacts, and ways to address the resulting issues.




AGU Education Workshop

Miss December's American Geophysical Conference in DC? Exceptional educational resources from the conference on place-based instruction are fully available to you. Cherk out the AGU educator's workshop captured via the "Earth Science All Around" website. Access these excellent resources in the geosciences on watersheds that use 360-imagery.




NOAA Photo Library

Did you know that most of NOAA photos and slides are in the public domain and cannot be copyrighted. NOAA asks only that credit be given to NOAA and the photographer with his/her affiliated organization shown also. Access the NOAA Photo Library here.




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