The Watch from Planet Stewards – News you can use; May 7th

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-12th!

“I love working with teachers because they provide safe spaces for students to take risks, literally and figuratively, in the pursuit of scientific understanding and stewardship.”

     — Molly Harrison, NOAA Planet Stewards Co-coordinator
                                             See the NOAA Teacher Appreciation article here.


Planet Stewards Education Program Connection Links

NOAA Planet Stewards Educator Highlights


Planet Stewards Meets Open Explorer at National Geographic

Steward Nancy Hoehn teaches environmental science, Earth & space science and AP Seminar to 9th- 12th grade Army and Air Force military dependents who are stationed overseas in Southwest Germany. Nancy’s students are implementing a recycling program to recycle paper, plastic and aluminium, which develops citizen scientists and fosters an environ-mentally conscientious culture. You can read all about her students’ work on her OpenExplorer blog. Open Explorer was launched by National Geographic to share backyard expeditions with a community that embraces science and storytelling. We encourage you to check out Nancy's work and start your own NOAA Planet Stewards project today!


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Coral Restoration Preparation Video

This video was made by Matt Strand, a NOAA Planet Steward educator teaching at the Polaris Expeditionary Learning School in Fort Collins, Colorado. Matt put funding from the program toward a coral restoration project for students in FY19 with the Coral Restoration Foundation. The video highlights students preparing for their upcoming trip to Key Largo, Florida. While it looks effortless, carrying out such a project is no easy task, not only in terms of preparation for the coral restoration experience, but also in terms of educating students about corals, threats to them, and why coral restoration is critical. Kudos to Matt and his students!


student prepares for coral restoration in an underwater dive

Spring, Summer & Fall Events from NOAA Planet Stewards

Did you know that this is also National Hurricane Preparedness Week? Sign up to watch next Monday’s webinar in honor of Hurricane Preparedness!  


Hurricanes and robots

May's Upcoming Planet Stewards Webinar

May Webinar May 13, 2019 - Hurricanes & Robots: How New Technology is Changing the Way We Study and Predict Extreme Storms Hurricanes are one of the deadliest and costliest natural disasters in the world. Our ability to predict where storms will make landfall has improved steadily, but it is still a challenge to predict a storms intensity or strength. Robots patrolling our coastal oceans are providing new opportunities to improve hurricane intensity forecasts and inform better response plans. In this talk you’ll learn how these heroic robots swim and survive into the eye of the storm to keep us safe. Space is limited!


Join us at an upcoming Planet Stewards-Sponsored Workshop!

Workshop: Becoming Estuary Stewards - June 18-20, Charleston, SC

Workshop: The Great Water Design Challenge - October, 2019, Aurora, II.

Workshop: From Local to Global: Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship and You! - November 7-8, 2019, Madison, WI




Two Ongoing NOAA Webinar Series

The NOAA National Marine Sanctuary webinar series presents scientific and educational expertise, resources, and training in support of ocean and climate literacy in the classroom.

The NOAA One Science Seminar Series presents new science from across NOAA.


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Make a Date with Data May 11th in

Oxford, Maryland from 10-3pm

NOAA, The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Delaware Sea Grant invite middle school, high school, and field-based educators to come to the Cooperative Oxford Lab, in sunny Oxford MD (well sometimes) for a one-day professional learning opportunity. Act fast! Register here >


Earth is Blue Magazine

Volume 3 of Earth is Blue, the magazine of the NOAA National Marine Sanctuary System, is available online.This edition focuses on people who live and work in and around the National Marine Sanctuary System and how communities help support these protected areas.

Find it here >


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NOAA Story Maps & GeoPlatform Site 

The Arctic seems like a world away, but take a look at NOAA’s new story map and you’ll discover why the Arctic is closer than you think. Learn about NOAA’s presence in Boulder, Colorado, Our Ocean, or the Power of the Crowd also. See NOAA’s GeoPlatform, a prototype technology demonstration project, using Esri's ArcGIS Online for more Story Maps and examples using GIS tools.




Nature Podcast

The Nature Podcast brings you the best stories from the world of science each week, highlighting the most exciting research from each issue of Nature. We meet the scientists behind the results and provide in-depth analysis from Nature’s journalists and editors. Listen on iTunes.




Lab Out Loud Podcast on STEM Education 

Lab Out Loud is a podcast hosted by two science teachers that discusses science news and science education by interviewing leading scientists, researchers, science writers and other important figures in the field. A recent issue reviewed and shared resources form the 2019 NSTA Conference. Find it here.


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TILclimate Podcasts from MIT

TILclimate (Today I Learned: Climate) podcast demystifies the science, technology, and policy surrounding climate change in 10-minute bites. The podcast is part of a broader project called MIT Climate, a community-building effort built around a common web portal where users can share climate change-related projects, news stories, and learning resources at MIT and beyond.


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Weather Geeks from the Weather Channel

Weather Geeks used to be a television show on The Weather Channel. However, one year ago it was relaunched as a podcast with more in-depth discussions. Tune in and enjoy a year’s worth of episodes and more to come here!




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Aquaculture Education Webinar May 28 

The Coastal Ecosystems Learning Center (CELC) Network is hosting its fifth aquaculture education webinar on Tuesday, May 28, 4-5 PM ET.  Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO of Aquarium of the Pacific, will provide a global overview on how sustainable aquaculture (and education of this practice) has the potential to feed a growing population and stabilize fishing communities. More information and to register >


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Great Outdoors Live Webinars this September

  • Watch a pre-taped video, “Great Outdoors LIVE: From Backyard to Backcountry,” that will be webstreamed and available beginning September1st and  2nd, 2019.
  • On September 25, 2019, participate in a LIVE, INTERACTIVE webcast and send in your questions about public lands for scientists and others to answer. We’ll be coming to you LIVE from Shoshone National Forest – the first national forest in the United States – located near Cody, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park. Find out more here.




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American Meteorological Society's Professional Development Site

Do you want to enhance your knowledge of Earth system science and earn graduate credit?  Over 22,000 teachers have boosted their STEM curriculum and impacted millions of students through involvement in one or more of AMS Education’s teacher professional development programs that are largely all-expenses-paid including DataStreme, the Maury Project, and Project Atmosphere. Find out more here!



Renewable Energy DC Workshop teachers

DC Climate Change Workshop August 5-7

Join fellow educators for three days of climate change education in Washington, D.C. Participate in hands-on activities that bring climate change into the humanities. Hear from experts in the field, and tour Washington, D.C. to discover sites in their climate action plan!

To find out more and to register >



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2019 ESIP Summer Meeting July 16-19

Data to Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information.  

For 20 years, Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders in Earth observation data, forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, educators and the public. Participants will learn how to put data in action in the classroom through using Jupyter Notebooks and other Earth science tools. Registration for teachers is $50. Teachers attending the Teacher Workshop will be refunded the registration fee after attending the meeting plus a stipend of $200. A full refund will be given for all registration types until June 10th. Register here.




30 Under 30 Award from NAAEE


Are you a game-changing leader under 30 years of age? NAAEE is looking for 30 leaders who are using environmental education (EE) to forge a sustainable and equitable future. Nominate yourself or someone you know today.



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Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards for Natural Resources


The Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards for Natural Resources is seeking nominations for 2019! The Award recognizes the outstanding and exemplary leadership by individuals, agencies, businesses, students, and youth to reduce effects and advance adaptation of the Nation's vital natural resources in a changing world. Nominations will be accepted for various categories and will be accepted until Saturday, May 18th. Individuals, groups, organizations, and government agencies are eligible to apply. Find out more information and apply here.


 Special Submission Request for the Journal of Geoscience Education

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The Journal of Geoscience Education is soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on polar education. The following types of papers are being solicited for this issue:

  • Research Papers that describe the methods and results of original studies focused on all aspects of polar education.
  • Curriculum and Instruction Papers that describe new teaching materials or methods and provide evidence for their effectiveness.
  • Commentaries that are grounded in the literature and provide a critical or alternative viewpoint on a key issue or provide insight into an important development in polar education that is of broad interest to geoscience educators or researchers.
  • Literature Reviews that synthesize and evaluate the published literature on a polar education topic within geoscience education research or practice.

The manuscript submission deadline is June 15, 2018. For information, including author instructions, please visit here.




NMEA National Conference this July

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The Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association is proud to host the National Marine Educators Association National Conference, July 21-25, 2019 at the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, NH. Our mission is to make known the world of water both fresh and salt, and our annual conference brings together formal and informal marine educators from around the world to promote awareness and education of the global marine environment. The conference draws 300-500 professionals from K-12 schools, public aquariums, non-profit NGOs, and government agencies together for four days of learning, sharing, and networking. Bring your family and get back to nature! There are several family-friendly conference events and field trips, and SO MUCH to explore in New Hampshire and Maine! Hope to see you there! For more information and to register >


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Plastics and Health Report

The new report Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet brings together research that exposes the distinct toxic risks plastic poses to human health at every stage of the plastic lifecycle, from extraction of fossil fuels, to consumer use, to disposal and beyond. Read it here.




June 8th is World Ocean Day! Toolkit Available

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The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council has released 5 new guides and toolkits to help you take action on plastic pollution during World Oceans Day and throughout the year. The new resources include:

  • Guide to Talking about Ocean Plastic Pollution
  • Plog for the Ocean Toolkit
  • Coastal and Inland Cleanup Guide
  • Plastic Pollution Lesson and Action Plan
  • Upcycling Guidebook also has a variety of promotional materials, resources for youth and more available for download


Taking Making into the Classrooms: Ocean Toolkit Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) in Nova Scotia, Canada has introduced the Taking Making into Classrooms: Ocean Toolkit. It will allow teachers to foster more ocean literacy and stewardship in their classrooms. The Ocean Toolkit is the sixth toolkit in this series.




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Renewable Energy Curriculum from Climate Generation

Innovation and Renewable Energy: A Humanities Module is a standards-based, interdisciplinary humanities module that uses the true story of William Kamkwamba — from The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Bryan Mealer — to bring the discussion of renewable energy to the English Language Arts, social studies, and science classroom. You can download this new resource for free from the Climate Generation website! Also, check out the new Netflix original movie that just came out on March 1st!



Tornados Teaching Box from UCAR

In the Tornadoes Teaching Box, you’ll find a collection of educational materials to help middle and high school students learn why and where tornadoes happen and how these weather events impact people’s lives. It connects you to a wealth of free resources such as classroom activities, videos, and images on the topic. Find it here.

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Straw Cops Video from Aquarium of the Pacific

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The Aquarium of the Pacific produced Straw Cops, a parody “preview” video for a buddy cop movie starring Seymour Shark and Captain Quinn, two of the Aquarium’s beloved Pacific Pals characters. Straw Cops follows our heroes as they take on a gang of nefarious plastic bootleggers trying to spread single-use straws and environmental devastation. Fortunately, Seymour and Captain Quinn are able to reform the plastic purveyors and help the public choose better alternatives. You can help spread Straw Cops by sharing any of the following links, or tagging your friends on the Aquarium’s posts: on Facebook, on YouTube, on Twitter, and on Instragram.



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