NOAA Planet Stewards Nov. 5th – "The Watch"

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When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out
and the tide of love rushes in.     

 –Kristin Armstrong

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NOAA Planet Stewards 2020 Stewardship Community Applications

are Now Being Accepted!

Formal and informal educators w/ kindergarten through college-age students are welcome to apply. Join us! 

As part of our national community of educators:

  • Learn how to write for a Federal funding proposal.
  • Have the opportunity to receive up to $2,500 to carry out a student-focused project responding to environmental challenges.
  • Meet educators from around the country who share your interest in STEM education and environmental stewardship.And so much more!

Learn about the Stewardship Community here.

Access the 2020 Stewardship Community application here.

Applications will be accepted until Midnight, December 1, 2019.


NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club – With the Author! 


Monday, Nov. 18, 8pm Eastern Time
Dial Toll Free 1-866-662-7513 followed by passcode 1170791#

The next book club will discuss Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease by Drew Harvell. The author will join us for the discussion! A description of the book and the discussion questions are posted on our website.

January and February Book Club Meetings:

The Great Water Design Challenge 

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Aurora, Illinois

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 and register, click here.


From the Planet Stewards Archive, A Webinar:

Can the World's Carbon Dioxide be Stopped Short of a Doubling?

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With the US pulling out of the Climate Accord, can the world's CO2 emissions be stopped short of doubling? NOAA has developed a national energy simulator that determines the role different energy sources could play in the coming decades to add to or lower emissions. This webinar shows us that there are many paths to lowering carbon emissions, but costs could present an obstacle.  Access the webinar here.




FIVE: NOAA Ocean Podcast: Phrases from the Age of Sailing


Many phrases that we use today are derived from the Age of Sail - the period between the 16th and 19th centuries when masted ships ruled the seas. This episode of the NOAA Ocean podcast delves into the origins of 10 commonly used phrases. The image at right depicts the hauling of goods from ships to markets and the masts of many ships docked along the waterfront in Philadelphia in the 1800s.  Listen to the episode. 

FOUR: Creep into the Deep: Video and Expeditiion

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Halloween spooks may be behind us but you can still  CREEP INTO THE DEEP this November and spook students while they learn about life in the deep sea! Encounter creatures that could come from another world. Find the video collection here. Click here if you’re a teacher or museum/aquaria/zoo educator and want to learn more about the Ocean’s Today program.

Want to learn more about the deep ocean? Then join the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer on their expedition Oct. 31-Nov. 21 to explore the unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas of the southeastern U.S.

THREE: NOAA's Digital Coast

Dive into NOAA's Digital Coast  to find the data and tools needed to address and explore coastal issues around our nation like coastal managers do. This NOAA-sponsored website has become one of the most-used resources in the coastal management community. Explore its data, tools, and stories to bring coastal management to life for your students.  



TWO: Nat'l Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series


The National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series provides formal and informal educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources, and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. Visit their archive to watch past webinar recordings. 


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ONE: Mallows Bay-Potomac River Nat'l Marine Sanctuary

The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announces that a new national marine sanctuary has been designated for the first time in nearly 20 years in Maryland. To commemorate the designation of the Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary, you are invited to join NOAA, the state of Maryland, and Charles County for a community celebration on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Mallows Bay Park. Learn more about this celebration here


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.



Adapting to Extreme Weather Events Webinar - Register now!

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Wed., Nov. 13th, 1-2pm ET

The webinar will provide drinking water, wastewater and stormwater tools, training and technical assistance from EPA that are needed to increase resilience to extreme weather events. Those interested in utility efforts for resilience will find this of greatest value. Register here.

Work and Sail on the Joides Resolution Vessel -  Deadline Nov. 17!

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Are you a formal/informal science teacher, scicomm expert, artist/videographer or journalist interested in sailing on the research vessel JOIDES Resolution to share cutting-edge science with the public? Apply now to sail as the U.S. Outreach Officer. Deadline Nov 17. For more info:

Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy 


Deadline: Nov. 18th! Hurry!

Apply to participate in the 2019-2020 Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy for 5th-8th grade educators. 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.

MOSAiC Expedition Classroom Tie-ins!

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More than 500 scientists from over 19 nations are spending a year in the Arctic ice to collect important data on the Arctic climate system. From September 2019 through October 2020, the icebreaker RV Polarstern drifted across the Arctic near the North Pole frozen in sea ice during one of the most extensive Arctic research expeditions ever conducted.

Connect your students with the MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) expedition and bring real science into your classroom each week with MOSAiC Monday. Your students can  graph Arctic oceanographic data from the ship, watch video interviews with scientists and crew members, and engage in short Arctic-related engagements that support your NGSS curriculum. Sign up for MOSAiC Monday today!

New Data Literacy Group with NAAEE


Resource Watch is offering an exciting new community of practice around data literacy education in partnership with the North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE). The group is hosted through eePro (a free resource for educators to learn and collaborate through NAAEE) and will feature resources, discussions and opportunities for those interested in teaching data literacy. Join here.


The Security and Sustainability Forum 

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The Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF) is a public interest organization that produces learning events about the threats to society from a changing climate and related disruptions to natural systems. Its main products are free webinars that convene global experts on food, water and energy security, public health, economic vitality, infrastructure, governance and other impacts that must be solved in meeting climate security challenges. Visit the SSF Archives for free access to its audio interview and webinar video library. SSF also produces Security and Sustainability Radio, a live online radio show interviewing global climate security experts in which the audience can call in to speak with the guests.

The Half-Earth Project Educator Ambassador Program


Half-Earth is a call to protect half the land and sea in order to manage sufficient habitat to reverse the species extinction crisis and ensure the long-term health of our planet. The Half-Earth Project is bringing this goal to life. The Half-Earth Project Educator Ambassador program was created to provide a platform for teachers to engage each other and their students in the grand ambition of Half-Earth, and to inspire and connect students with the natural world. Find out about the Half-Earth Project and ways to become involved here.




Register for the 9th annual Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

Youth Conservation Summit

Deadline: Nov 24, 2019 

The 9th annual Youth Ocean Conservation Summit will take place on Saturday, December 7 at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL! Participants will learn from students leading ocean conservation programs in their communities, have the opportunity to develop plans for their own ocean conservation projects
(or further develop existing programs), and take part in workshops and trainings designed to give them the skills needed to ensure the success of these projects. Participants will also get the chance to network with other conservation experts and other young people. To register for the Summit visit and complete the online registration form by November 24, 2019. The registration fee for the event is $14 per participant, and includes lunch, snacks, and program materials. 

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.

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Student Interns sought for the Nautilus Explorer

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.

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Carbon and Climate Online, Self-paced Training from PLT

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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.

New NOAA Ocean Acidification Module!


The new NOAA Ocean Acidification module is now available! It introduces students to ocean and coastal acidification by providing authentic research questions and scaled data interactions that use near real‐time data from NOAA. Students explore the relationships between carbon dioxide, ocean pH and aragonite saturation state and predict whether ocean conditions can support the growth and survival of marine life, both now and in the future. The resources can be adapted for various levels. Find it here.

Data in the Classroom from NOAA


With NOAA’s Data in the Classroom, students use real-time ocean data to explore today’s most pressing environmental issues, and develop problem-solving skills employed by scientists. Access online and classroom-ready curriculum activities with a scaled approach to learning and easy-to-use data exploration tools. All activities are also aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards scalable to five learning levels. Check out this invaluable resource!

Make a Hurricane Simulation


What makes a hurricane stronger? What makes a hurricane weaker? Using the Make A Hurricane simulation, students can test their predictions of where strong hurricanes form in the Atlantic Basin. Students will explore data graphs about the wind, temperature of the sea, and moisture in the air to understand how all three play a role in determining the strength of a storm. This simulation is available online but also is a popular simulation at the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Visitor Center.


Jobs and Grant News

  • 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.
  • The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) is seeking a Program Specialist to join its Research and Education team. This is a full-time position reporting to the Vice President and Director, Research and Education. Find out more here. COL supports NOAA OER in strategic planning and partnership building with the community of exploration performers and investors.
  • CEOAS Outreach Coordinator, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • Assistant Specialist in Plastic Pollution, Benioff Ocean Initiative at UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Climate Generation is reposting our Climate Change Education Manager position which is full-time and based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.  Job posting is available here.
  • Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) is growing and hiring Youth Organizers and Lead Youth Organizers in Wisconsin, North Carolina and Florida for its high school ACE Action Fellowship program. Find out more here.



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