Addendum to The Watch - 9 September 2020

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Greetings! A number of incorrect links were included in the NOAA DataFest item in the issue of the watch circulated earlier today. They have been corrected below. Apologies for any inconvenience.

- The NOAA Planet Stewards Team.

News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

“Seek opportunities to show you care.

The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.”

― John Wooden

Planet Stewards Education Program Links

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Successful Planet Stewards Stewardship Projects

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The 2016 and 2019 spring editions of The Earth Scientist, a peer reviewed science education journal published by The National Earth Science Teachers Association, featured articles written by NOAA Planet Stewards educators about their completed projects. Included are stories, innovations, and resources that you may find useful in your own education setting. The articles include links to background information, supporting materials, and student worksheets available you can download and adapt. They reflect the enthusiasm, hard work and success of educators, their students, and communities. 


FIVE:NOAA Datafest this September and October


DataFest is a new effort from NOAA that will have every educator who loves data and data platforms drooling with delight. Started in 2018 it will take place throughout September and October this year. NOAA DataFest consists of multiple events - listed below. Check them out and join in!

FOUR: Into The Deep: Literally, Virtually, and Fictionally 
September 10, 2020, 3 pm Hawai`i / 6 pm Pacific/ 9 pm ET

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Come hear Dr. James Lindholm share tales of undersea exploration, including on-going projects in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and beyond. Immersive, virtual dives will take you along the journey, and you’ll also discover how it all reappears in a new series of undersea adventure novels. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The Webinar ID is 381-928-171. Register here.

THREE:  Common Ocean Misconceptions: Find Out the Facts 


Misconceptions about the ocean can lead people to the wrong conclusions about conservation, climate change, and marine life. There are quite a few widely accepted ideas about the ocean that are not accurate. Here are the facts behind some common ocean myths from NOAA Ocean Service. How many do you know?

TWO: NOAA Ocean Podcast 

From Diving to Data: Close-up with Coral Research


NOAA Ocean Service podcast - learn how a NOAA Research Ecologist turns the data from underwater dives into usable summaries that help scientists study and protect U.S. coral reef ecosystems. Find the podcast here:

ONE: Ocean Today Broadcast: Trash Talk 

Watch the most recent Trash Talk Video; Length: 60 minutes

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Join the Ocean Today Every Full Moon Watch Party Team to learn about the science of marine debris and what you can do about it featuring the Emmy Award-winning TRASH TALK collection. Join  marine science educator and Ocean Today host, Symone Barkley, as she explores the challenges and successes of keeping our rivers, bays and ocean free of marine debris. The latest Sept. 2nd video can be found here. Also, collect trash in your community and recording it in the Marine Debris Tracker APP!

OneNOAA Seminar Series

Love to learn about NOAA, its science, and programs? Check out these upcoming webinars from the OneNOAA Seminar Series - the most complete and integrated summary of NOAA science and climate seminars across the nation. The OneNOAA Science Seminar Calendar can be viewed here.  All seminars are posted in Eastern Time and subject to change without notice; Seminars are open to the public via remote access.

Register for upcoming Webinars including but not limited to:

When available, recordings of OneNOAA science seminars are posted here

Educator opportunities

Resilient Communities Webinar Series!

Community Spotlight: Apalachicola and Sarasota, September 10, 2020, 2:00 pm ET

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Florida Sea Grant will showcase community projects from two Gulf Coast cities, Sarasota and Apalachicola, in the most recent Resilient Communities Webinar Series. Jeff Vredenburg of the City of Sarasota will present “Developing Unified Climate Change Education for the Sarasota-Manatee Region.” Cindy Clark, of the City of Apalachicola, will share “Achieving Resilience through Hazard Mitigation: Applying Mitigation Measures to Apalachicola's Vulnerable Historic and Economically Significant Resources.”

Download the Flyer Here.    Register. 

MOSAiC Webinar Series from CIRES

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Teachers, bring the unprecedented science and adventure of the ongoing MOSAiC expedition, one of the most extensive Arctic research expeditions ever conducted, into your virtual classrooms with new resources (e.g., virtual tours, tracking apps, ArcGIS Storymaps) from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) - University of Colorado. Then join them every Wednesday (3:30 - 4:00 pm MT) during the month of September for short (30 minute) webinars to learn more about  MOSAiC virtual educational resources and how you can integrate them into your teaching. Click on a webinar link to register:

Webinar: Marine Technology Society, Opportunity Runs Deep

Thursday, September 17 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (EDT)

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Join this 90 minute virtual panel with leaders in the marine technology field as they discussing technology trends and challenges including: unmanned systems, maritime cyber security, oceanographic platforms and sensors, and more.



  • Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • RADM William J. Houston, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Director, Undersea Warfare Division (N97)
  • Dr. Peter deMenocal, Incoming President and Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Find out more and register!

Updates and Webinars from Climate Interactive and En-ROADS

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Climate Interactive  will be holding two webinars to demonstrate the newest features of their En-ROADS simulation and modeling tools – watch this video to see the highlights. Webinars are scheduled for:

September 10, at 11am EDT  Climate Interactive's Co-Director Andrew Jones will cover new graphs, assumption sliders, and functionality of the software and discuss how these features can inform conversations about health, equity, and environmental justice. Register here.

September 17, at 3pm ET a session will occur covering the En-ROADS Climate Workshop in Spanish. Regístrate para el En-ROADS Climate Workshop

Energy Transitions Oral History Workshop

Monday, Sept 21st, 2:30-3:15 pm ET


As we experience an immense global transition away from fossil fuels, join the Wisconsin Energy Institute and the UW–Madison Archives in a 45-minute workshop that will introduce you and your class to oral history and equip your students to go out and record their own Energy Transitions Oral Histories for a special collection at the UW–Archives. This event is open to all teachers, classes, and anybody interested in learning more about the Energy Transitions Oral Histories project. Find more about the project here. and Register for the event.

Climate Week: Putting Solutions at the Core

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Join C2ES and JPMorgan Chase & Co. for a Climate Week discussion on September 24, as leading women in corporate sustainability share their strategies to integrate climate solutions into their core business and overcome barriers to their sustainability plans. This may be appropriate for secondary and post secondary students also. Register now

Smithsonian Offers New Climate Change Communication Online Course

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This course will provide participants with information about drivers, impacts, and solutions of climate change, and introduce strategies for talking about climate change in informal education environments. This is for educators and volunteers at learning venues, like museums, aquariums, zoos, libraries, science centers, etc. This is a free, self-paced course, that should take participants between 1-3 hours to complete. To learn more and to register please visit here.

Five Questions to Ask in the Upcoming Presidential Debates

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Three debates between the presidential candidates and one between the vice presidential candidates are scheduled before Americans vote for the next U.S. President on November 3. Yale Climate Communications published a recent article that reminds journalists, moderators, and the public that have an important opportunity to ask important environmental questions that we care about. Find the article here.

Student opportunities

Join the Family Cloud Challenge With NASA GLOBE Clouds

Audience:  Students, Parents, Families, Teachers

NASA and the GLOBE Program’s Clouds team invite families to take part in the Family Cloud Challenge. Visit the challenge website for a list of activities and interactive videos you can enjoy as a family. Use the NASA GLOBE Clouds Choice Chart to keep track of activities and see who can shade the most clouds! Watch the “Science of Clouds” videos to learn more about the role of clouds in weather, in Earth’s climate, and the relationship between clouds and aerosols. Discover what citizen science is and how your observations are used in research.  Access the Family Cloud Challenge!
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Waikiki Aquarium Halloween Ocean Art Expo

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September 1 to October 10

Share your ocean inspiration through a character creation of your own! The Waikiki Aquarium's Halloween Ocean Art Expo is free and open to students K-12. Draw your own Ocean Superhero, Super Villain, or Ocean Legend and submit your art here.

For more information, visit here. 

Tales from the Deep: Meet Former ROV Pilot and Engineer, Dan Rogers

Sept. 15, 5pm ET

Join the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center and NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research for a lively discussion with Dan Rogers, a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) pilot and engineer, as he shares his experiences designing and operating amazing technological tools that allow us to explore fresh and saltwater ecosystems around the globe.

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Design The 2021 Ocean Count T-Shirt

Submission Deadline: November 23, 2020

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NOAA and the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development initiative are looking for students to “Draw” their vision with the #DrawYourDecade campaign! What students create could have direct implications for how the Decade is executed! #DrawYourDecade aims to draw out priorities related to the seven goals of the Ocean Decade: (1) a clean ocean; (2) a healthy and resilient ocean; (3) a productive ocean; (4) a predicted ocean; (5) a safe ocean; (6) an accessible ocean; and (7) an inspiring and engaging ocean. Submissions due Nov. 23rd!  Submission Form

Trivia Night: All Things Coastal 

September 17, 2020, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

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Join Citizens’ Environmental Coalition and NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary for a night of fun as we test your knowledge of the ocean. Join us LIVE in Google Meets (link will come in an email) to socialize and get Kahoot Trivia game-codes. You’ll need two screens open on your computer (one for Kahoot Trivia, and the other for Google Meet), otherwise use two devices.

Hints will be posted on Social Media, so follow CEC on Facebook:  and Twitter: @cechouston. Register here. Kid/family/pet-friendly!

Conference Reports

Teaching K-12 Science and Engineering During a Crisis

Teaching K-12 Science and Engineering During a Crisis was recently published and made available via The National Academies Press. The publication is based on the following reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering:

  •  A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Idea
  • Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center
  • English Learners in STEM Subjects

Conference on Disability and STEM, Saturday, September 12, 2020

The Inclusion in Science Learning a New Direction (ISLAND)  Conference will address how persons with disabilities can be more fully integrated into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Here from experts in the field from Princeton University, Texas A&M and others. The keynote will be from Maureen Hayden from Texas A&M and entitled, 'Science Without Sight; Research from Another Perspective.'

Allen Coral Atlas: newly mapped regions and free download tool

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The Allen Coral Atlas announces its largest map release yet; we have completed regional maps in Northern Caribbean & BahamasEastern Africa & MadagascarHawaiian Islands, and the Western Indian Ocean, as well as a new update for South West Pacific. This brings us to over 247,000 km2 mapped, and counting! Also, a brand new download feature allows registered users to download Atlas data for use on other platforms, increasing the accessibility of this tool.

Ed Resources

Data Jam from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Looking for a long term student project in science or math?  Looking for "real data"? The skills of understanding, interpreting, and presenting data are essential in a world where our ability to collect data outpaces our ability to make it understandable. The  LTER Schoolyard program at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute is once again offering its ocean and climate Data Jam which emphasizes creativity in presenting data. You can get students Data Jamming as a class project or after school activity (requiring 8+ hours). Check out the website and complete the Schoolyard interest form to stay in the loop this fall. 
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Weather Safety from NOAA

NOAA's National Weather Service officially launched the Fall Seasonal Safety Campaign on Tuesday, September 1, the first day of meteorological fall!  Get ready for Fall weather hazards by visiting the NOAA Fall Safety website!  Find it here: 

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A Focus on Weather Extremes

As wildfires rage in the West and the Gulf Coast starts to recover from Hurricane Laura, we have the latest on climate change and all types of extreme weather.
Each session includes a guest speaker, discussion questions, group activities, readings to explore topics in-depth, case studies, and tips for taking action. Explore and find out more.
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Climate is Health from The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Teachers and older students should check out the Climate Is Health series from Harvard:

Session 1 – Basics of Climate and Health and How They Are Connected
Session 2 – The Connection Between Climate and COVID-19
Session 3 – How Climate Change Impacts You, Your Health, and Your Community
Session 4 – Climate Change, Inequitable Impacts, & Resilience
Session 5 – Personal and Community Climate Actions and Becoming a Climate Activist

Virtual Programming from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be offering FREE TPWDiscover virtual programming for K-12 students via Connect2Texas. More information about September programs can be found below. To view the entire fall catalog, please visit Connect2Texas and browse the “Events” tab. You can also follow us on YouTubeFacebook and Instagram for more updates!

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Visualize data through Earthtime, which combines geospatial and econometric data with predictive modelling to provide the big picture on important issues. Examine major environmental, social and political phenomena across time, space and between each other. Look ahead to see how rising sea levels could devastate low-lying regions and view the paths taken by international migrants over time.

NSTA’s Daily Dos


The NSTA Daily Do is an open educational resource (OER) used by educators and families to provide students distance and home science learning. Check out recent NSTA Daily Dos.

August 2020 Hurricane Laura Imagery Online

Access the National Geodetic Survey damage assessment imagery following Hurricane Laura for a full list of flights, before and after views, and all available imagery,


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Explore Your National Marine Sanctuary Virtually

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Your National Marine Sanctuary System protects a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters, and now you can visit these amazing places in the blink of an eye. From the thriving kelp forests of Channel Islands to the treasured coral reefs of the Florida Keys, few places on the planet can compete with the wonders of the National Marine Sanctuary System. Dive in without getting wet and experience these underwater treasures through virtual reality. Explore further with students using these virtual reality lessons!

Ocean Exploration Trust Activity Resources

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OET is the team behind the live streaming deep-sea exploration of  and hosts an entire suite of resources for your needs now. Lessons connect classroom concepts with real-world applications in at-sea expeditions and the STEM careers of the teams who make these expeditions possible. OET is also hosting 20+ live online events connecting learners with career role models, new ocean technology previews, and topic experts live including Q&A. Events are free and streamed to Facebook and Youtube as well as recorded to be available asynchronously. New events are being added each week -


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Internship Opennings



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