Planet Stewards Program – News You Can Use! 22 October 2019

Image Banner

News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

   "We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one."

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

Planet Stewards Education Program Links

Did a colleague or friend share this copy of The Watch with you? After you thank them, make sure to sign up and receive it directly from NOAA Planet Stewards.





Alpo Leopold

From Local to Global - Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship and YOU! 

Time’s running out! Join us for a Teacher Workshop for Middle and High School Educators. Thurs & Fri, November 7-8, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Reimbursement of up to $300 per participant available to help offset travel, hotel, substitute fees or other workshop expenses!

Spaces are limited! Click here for more information and/or to register to attend.


NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club

With the Author on Nov. 18

Monday, 8pm Eastern Time, Dial Tool Free, 
(1-866-662-7513 followed by passcode 1170791#)

Join November's book club to discuss Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease  by Drew
Harvell. The author will be joining us for the discussion!
Discussion questions will be distributed and added to the
website a few weeks before the meeting on the Planet
Stewards Book Club webpage.

Jan. 21: Join us for a discussion of the book The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
Feb. 18: Join us for a discussion of the book Plastic Ocean 
by Captain Charles Moore

The Great Water Design Challenge,

Wednesday, November 20, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Aurora, Illinois

Wave Safe Collection

In the Great Water Design Challenge, student teams will compete to create innovative responses and solutions to address their selected water challenge. Registration deadline is October 28, 2019. Space is limited. To learn more, click here.

2020 Planet Steward Community Applications

Planet Stewards logo

The 2020 Stewardship Community Educator Application will be available in the next few weeks. Participants interested in carrying out a hands-on stewardship project with their schools or communities, at the primary through undergraduate level, in formal or informal settings, are encouraged to apply to for up to $2500 toward such efforts. Peer leaders and educators will be help you refine and improve your proposed project.

Sign-up for the Planet Stewards email list to be the first to receive news in the coming weeks! 

Introducing Planet Stewards Webinar Archive: How Teachers can turn Misinformation into Educational Opportunities with John Cook

John Cook webinar

Indulge yourself at a time of your own choosing in the many archived webinars on the Planet Stewards website. Start with John Cook, author of the acclaimed Skeptical Science website and the webinar at left, "How teachers can turn misinformation into educational opportunities."





FIVE: NOAA’s Teaching Climate - Climate & Computer Models Video 

This video provides an overview of how computer models work. It explains the process of data assimilation, which is necessary to ensure that models are tied to reality. It includes a discussion of weather models using the Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS-5) model and climate models using the MERRA (Modern Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications) technique.


FOUR: Stories from Okeanos Explorer and Expedition!

Recounted by the people who were there, these NOAA stories highlight the science and technology, trials, discoveries, and excitement that are all part of the first 10 years of ocean exploration aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Explore the site and its lessons, then explore the ocean and collecting data on the Okeanos Explorer as well.

Okeanos Explorer

dolphin art

THREE: NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest

 All K-8 grade students in the US and US territories should grab their art supplies! 

Help the NOAA Marine Debris program raise awareness about marine debris by creatively designing art that answers: How does marine debris impact the Ocean and Great Lakes? What are you doing to help prevent marine debris?

Winning entries will be featured in the NOAA Marine Debris program 2021 Calendar!  Hurry - the contest is open until November 30th! Find out more and join the fun.

Two: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research 

Follow NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research expeditions while they are underway, or trace the discoveries of past expeditions. You'll find information ranging from mission plans and background essays to educational materials, mission logs, and so much more. 

old ship

noaa logo

ONE: NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants

The NOAA Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for projects designed to build environmental literacy of K-12 students and the public so they are knowledgeable of the ways communities can be more resilient to extreme weather and environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. This funding opportunity is soliciting two types of projects and available to those projects serving specific western and southern states for awards ranging from $100,000 to $500,000. Learn more and join the upcoming teleconference. Deadlines vary by project type. Pre-application deadlines are Nov. 25 and February 10, depending on the type of grant intended.

Love to learn about NOAA, its science, and programs? Make sure to review the OneNOAA webinar schedule regularly, then signup to attend webinars that interest you. See the upcoming OneNOAA Science Seminar calendar here.






Science Communication Fellowship Program Open Now!

nautilus live image of two teachers

The Science Communication Fellowship immerses formal and informal educators in the Nautilus Corps of Exploration and empowers them to bring ocean exploration to a global audience via the Nautilus Live website and live sessions from aboard the ship. Science Communication Fellows then bring their expedition experience back to their classrooms, organizations, and communities centered around their time at sea. Applications are open now! Learn more and apply before January 10, 2020.

Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy Applications Open!

Northrup Grumman Teacher Academy

Apply to participate in the 2019-2020 Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy. The premier professional learning program for middle school teachers was created to help enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence in STEM, while increasing teacher understanding about the skills needed for a scientifically literate workforce. Administered by the National Science Teaching Association, this year the Academy will support up to 32 public school district teachers in select communities where Northrop Grumman operates in the U.S.

Empowered STEM Initiative!

lightbulb and waded paper

Empowered STEM uses Earth Force’s award winning Community Action and Problem-Solving Process to transform classrooms into engaged learning environments for young people. Empowered STEM is like project-based learning with one two important differences. First, students participating are tackling the big challenges facing their communities from equity to climate change. Second, students participating develop solutions in partnership with stakeholders and implement them in the communities where they live and work.For more information about the project take a look at the new Empowered STEM website.




Student Interns on Nautilus Explorer Sought

Applications to sail as a paid intern on the Nautilus in 2020 are open now for students! Students can learn more and apply before January 24, 2020 for the Science & Engineering Internship Program. Internships information can be found here. All internships include a paid stipend for participation. Applicants should be enrolled in or recently graduated from a community college, undergraduate or graduate program in ocean science, technology, or related fields.

Nautilus Science and Eng. video intern

2020 Ocean Awareness Contest - Climate Hope: Transforming Crisis

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Competition

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs invites students ages 11-18 from around the world to create works of visual art, film, music, poetry, prose, or multimedia that explores climate change and impact on the ocean, and imagines solutions at personal, local, national, or global scales. Students may earn scholarship awards of up to $1,500. For more information and classroom resources, visit the program website.

2020 Recycling Video/Poster Contest  "Then, Now, and in the Future" 


K-12 students from the United States and Canada are invited to participate in a recycling contest by creating a video or a poster that imagines what recycling will look like in 50, 75, or even 100 years from now by designing a solution to a current problem. You could win a trip to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ 2020 Annual Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada!. Register to participate or learn more here. All entries must be submitted by December 20, 2019.

Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision K-12 Competition - Deadline Feb. 10th!

Since its inception in 1992, nearly 400,000 students from across the United States and Canada have participated in the Toshiba/National Science Teaching Association ExploraVision competition which inspires a lifelong love of science, technology and innovation. A teacher guides their student(s) as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles. Click here To download an ExploraVision brochure

exporavision students

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

NOAA’s  Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for master’s and doctoral degrees in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology. The scholarship covers tuition and a living stipend; travel funds to support a program collaboration and more. Applications are Dec. 6, 2019. Find out more here.



Dr. Foster Scholarship




Archived NSTA Webinar Science Update – Exploring Earth's Final Frontier: The Deep Sea


The ocean represent the final frontier on Earth for explorations. Here we will discuss the technology, from sonars to advanced robots, needed to explore the deepest reaches of our ocean and along the way we will get to meet some of the strange creatures that inhabitants the largest biome on the planet. View the archived video here and/or view the presentation slides from the web seminar and related resources, visit the resource collection.

Cornell Ecology Lab


Urban Environmental Education Online Learning

Nov. 5 - Dec. 10, 2019

Cornell’s Civic Ecology Lab in NY is offering an online workshop beginning Nov. 5 through Dec. 10, 2019 called “Urban Environmental Education.” Learn more about this online learning opportunity at the Lab’s website.


Carbon and Climate Online, Self-paced Training from PLT

Greenhouse effect

The self-paced online workshop (approximately 3 hours) includes 6 courses (each a 20–30-minute learning experience), video demonstrations of select PLT activities, and lesson planning exercises to help you plan how to facilitate activities with your students in your own setting-certificate of completion. Continuing education credits and state-specific supplemental resources are offered in some states. Register here.

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019

un SDG

In 2015, the United Nations issued their 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for the world to attain by 2032. The 2019 SDG Report uses graphics to report on progress during the past four years. Familiarize yourself with the SDGs here and download the report for review and sharing. 




Microplastic Lessons for K-12

Are you a formal or informal educator thinking about incorporating micro plastics into your lesson plans or activities? Start with Microplastics for K-12 then peruse the many curriculum resources you’ll find. There’s A LOT here!


Resisting Scientific Misinformation Lessons

Fact blocks

A one-week curriculum for middle and high-school students called Resisting Scientific Misinformation prepares students to assess an author’s credibility, analyze an article’s purpose, and evaluate its claims. Students are also introduced to well-established institutions such as the US Centers for Disease Control and the Intergovern-mental Panel on Climate Change. Having a list of reliable sources to turn to can help everyone, student or not, cut through the fog more easily. The lesson materials and a teacher guide are available for free. The vision of Tumblehome who created the resources is to inspire kids to envision themselves as scientists and engineers through the power of story.

Great Outdoors LIVE Videos

Great Outdoors logo

The Great Outdoors LIVE distance learning adventures are now available as streaming videos, and you can watch anytime at: Watch "Great Outdoors LIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure" – a 54-minute program from Shoshone National Forest, the first national forest in the U.S., which is also a part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Also watch "Great Outdoors LIVE: Yours to Explore." In this 32-minute video, journey from the backyard to the back country as we explore the value, importance, and beauty of public lands.

Data Dialogues with the World Resource Institute 

Development along the coast threatens almost 25 percent of the world’s reefs, of which more than 10 percent face a high threat. Can your secondary students use the World Resource Institute's (WRI) graph at right to decipher the data and determine where the largest proportion of threatened reefs in the world reside? Check out WRI's graphs and charts library to engage your students in interpreting them.


reefs at risk graph






Is there anything you think we’re missing? Anything you want to see more of? We’d love to hear from you. Email us here with:

  • Event/announcement title
  •  Date and time if applicable
  • One paragraph description
  • Link or email address for more information.

Planet Stewards jpg