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Planet Stewards Webinar Archive

We've highlighted this webinar before, but we think it bears repeating and watching again and again. John Cook, professor at George Mason University and author of the website, Skeptical Science, shows us how teachers can turn misinformation into educational opportunities like few can!


NOAA Education's Halloween Pumpkin Carving Templates!

Carve out some time for Halloween fun! NOAA’s new pumpkin carving templates show adventure from satellites far above our heads to sea creatures in the depths of the ocean. NOAA and Planet Stewards hope you have a spook-tacular Halloween! Find the NOAA halloween templates here.

FIVE:  Ocean Today Full Moon Special Halloween Watch Party:

Creep Into The Deep!


Join NOAA & NASA science and exploration crews in the deep ocean as they work together to reveal how life can live outside of the goldilocks zone in some of the harshest conditions on Earth. Their mission is intensifying as we continue our search for other signs of life in the universe. Register Today ...or else!                                                                               Bwa ha ha haaaaaaa!

Four: NOAA Fire Weather w/ NOAA Live! October 21, 2020, 4pm ET 


Join NOAA’s Kari Fleegel, a National Weather Service forecaster, who has been specially trained and certified to provide weather support at fire locations. This webinar will be recorded and posted (with English captions and Spanish subtitles) after the live broadcast. All ages will enjoy the presentation but it is geared to 2nd-8th grade audiences. Register here 

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Three: National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series 

Giant Seabass: Kings of the Kelp Forest , October 22, 2020, 6pm ET


Giant Seabass are large fish that live in the cool waters off the coast of California. This fish is the top predator of the kelp forest ecosystem, but the population has been low because of overfishing. Thanks to government protections, Giant Seabass are beginning to return to Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and NOAA is working with other groups to study them. The fish is unique because scientists believe it uses sounds to communicate. NOAA recording these sounds in the wild and studying how these fish move around Santa Barbara Island, a small offshore island in the sanctuary. Learn more and register to attend.

TWO: NOAA Marine Debris K-8 Art Contest


The NOAA Marine Debris Program holds an annual art contest for students to help raise awareness about marine debris. A calendar is produced featuring the winning artwork, which serves as a daily reminder of how important it is for us to be responsible stewards of the ocean. This year both mailed and electronically submitted entries will be accepted. Visit the NOAA Marine Debris Program website for more details and educational marine debris resources. The contest closes on December 15, 2020.  You can also check out the 2021 Marine Debris Calendar, now available for download!

ONE: Wild Weather Around the World

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A hotter planet makes conditions for fires more likely, and a warmer ocean can fuel stronger storms - including hurricanes. To better understand the ocean, weather, and climate connection, join NOAA Climatologist Tom DiLiberto in this video as he examines “wild weather” including major forest fires out west. Gain insight into how meteorologists and climatologists use technology and human skill to create reliable weather and climate forecasts. Watch the full episode and others from NOAA Ocean Today.

OneNOAA Science 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 that can be viewed here.  All seminars are posted in Eastern Time,  are subject to change without notice, and are open to the public via remote access.

Register for the weekly list of upcoming NOAA science webinars here. Future seminars include, but are not limited to:

Seminar recordings, and sometimes PDFs of the PowerPoints are available thru the point of contact listed for each seminar.

Educator opportunities

The Debunking Handbook

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Misinformation damages society in a number of ways, having consequences for public health, the environment, and democracy. But undoing misinformation is difficult! 

To explain how best to respond, University of Bristol professor Stephan Lewandowsky, George Mason University professor, John Cook, and 20 other leading researchers have produced The Debunking Handbook 2020. Inoculate yourself and your students with methods offered here. Make sure to watch John Cook's archived webinar from Planet Stewards listed above!

National Earth Science Teachers Association Online Resource Collection


Many educators still need online and virtual resources. NESTA has created a Earth Science Online Teaching Resources Collection to help educators find vetted lessons, interactive simulations that promote investigating Earth, environmental, and space science from home.

New Opportunity:

American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified AMS Teacher Program


In January 2020, the AMS launched a new certification program for teachers of meteorology, oceanography, and/or climate. Upon successful completion of any two of the five courses offered through their Datastreme program, Project Atmosphere, and Project Ocean/Maury, teachers may apply to become Certified AMS Teachers. This certification is an ideal way to distinguish yourself as a recognized Earth Science education leader. All the information about this exciting new credential is available HERE..

Free Webinar: Implementing Culturally Responsive Teaching

For Parents, Caregivers, K-12 and Informal Educators, Oct. 28, 9 pm ET

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Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) is a teaching strategy that incorporates the previous experiences and cultures of students to better engage them in the education process. Join Steven C. Smith, an education specialist at the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free webinar. Smith will share his experiences implementing CRT in the classroom. The session will focus on the day-to-day functioning of the classroom, or how to “do” CRT in a practical sense. Register to attend.

Student opportunities

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Celebrate National Fish Migration Day!

World Fish Migration Day is on Saturday, October 24th. This day celebrates global awareness on the importance of free flowing rivers and migratory fish. Check out all the events to celebrate here.

One offering will be the short film premier "Life Cycle of the Pacific Salmon" live on Youtube on 10/24 via Pacific Northwest College of Art. Be sure to check out all the events at NOAA's World Fish Migration Day site!

Virtual Live Ice Lesson for Students & Science@Home


Have your K-8th grade students join the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network(CLEAN) on October 21st at 3pm ET / 12pm PT for a virtual live lesson about melting ice, and its relation to climate. Students will get to experiment with ice during this fun, hands-on lesson, which only requires some ice, black pepper, and some dark and light-colored plates. The lesson also connects with several Science@Home talks by CIRES/NOAA scientists that are appropriate for upper elementary students.   

  • Register here for the “The Science of Ice” live virtual lesson on Oct. 21st at 3pm ET.  
  • Click here to sign up for the Science@Home science talks or to watch recordings. 

Contact CLEAN Program Manager (Katie Boyd; with any questions.

Virtual 8th Grade Science Days

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NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO presents 2020 Virtual 8th Grade Science Days.  For over 10 years this team has brought eighth graders into this NOAA laboratory to meet and learn from scientists. NOAA facilities are closed to visitors this year, so the event is being offered virtually. Students can put on their science caps and spend time in the shoes of scientists studying anything from the floor of the ocean to the surface of the sun. Videos and activities to learn about NOAA and its work in eight science areas are available throughout 2020. Check them out here!

Climate Science Spotlight: Youth Have Power Speaker Series

Tuesday, October 20 at 6:30pm ET

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High school students can’t advocate for climate solutions without having their science facts straight. At October's “Youth Have Power” Speaker Series, students can hear directly from climate scientist Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Vermont State Climatologist, to get their questions answered on the nuts and bolts of climate change. Attendees will also hear from Liza Goldberg, Student Research Assistant at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on how youth can be climate scientists at any age. Students will leave with all the facts and inspiration needed to start working on solutions for climate action! Students can tune in at The Wild Center or Youth Climate Program website to register and find out about further climate-specific opportunities.

My NASA Data Office Hours – You bring the questions, they'll provide solutions.


My NASA Data (MND) now offers monthly Office Hours for  students (of grades 3-12) so they can ask questions related to using NASA Earth data for instruction or research. In 30-minute sessions, receive one-on-one guidance on a variety of topics such as working with NASA data using the Earth System Data Explorer, ideas for student projects, and more. To schedule time, follow this link: MND Office Hours. (Note: If there is not a date or time that works with your schedule, email to coordinate a more convenient time.)

Weekly “Ask the Scientist” Webinar for 5th-12th Grade

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How do scientists go from OMG to PhD? How do they turn their passion for science into their profession? What advice do they have for future scientists?

San Francisco State University, has a new “Ask the Scientist” weekly webinar at their Estuary & Ocean Science Center, geared to 5-12 grade students and teachers. Join them to ask these questions and more in a Q&A session with a weekly Seminar on Wednesdays from 1:30-2PM. Parents must give permission for children under 18 to participate. 

Register to attend here.

University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science – Women and Girls Exploring Science Day, November 14th, 9:00am EST via Zoom Webinar

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An annual day of interactive science learning for middle and high school grade girls will be hosted remotely by the Rosenstiel School at the University of Miami! On the day of the event, the girls will virtually visit marine science laboratories, see first-hand ongoing research projects, and interact with female scientists from a variety of different fields and backgrounds (all virtually). Join a fun and educational experience! Register here.

Marine Biology Society Discovery Challenge

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The Discovery Challenge is an opportunity for students to write their own articles about recent marine biology studies and get their writing published on an internationally viewed website.
Work on understanding scientific literature and share your analysis of experimental studies to get recognized and awarded! Learn more here.
Ed Resources

The Bridge Clearinghouse of Ocean Science Education


The Bridge Ocean Science Education Resource Center is an ever-growing collection of the best marine education materials available online. It offers links to ocean education programs, "Centers" for students and teachers, as well as data and hands-on activities and lesson plans that extend beyond the classroom. If you're looking for a particular theme for an ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes  lesson, you're sure to find just what you're looking for. Check out the wealth of content here.

Mapping NOAA Data From the Depths of the Ocean to the Sun's Surface 


This new site is a remarkable new offering just released by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. It is a comprehensive story of just some of what NOAA does every day, and links you directly to online tools you can use to explore NOAA data on your own or with your students. Check it out!

Halloween Spooks for a Spooky Year!


Halloween may look a little different this year, but here's a DIY Fish Mask craft that's perfect for the times. May it add some fishy fun to your celebrations and make a splash while keeping you protected. 

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Kids Against Climate Change Website

The site was created by NOAA Planet Steward Kottie Christie-Blick's 5th grade students in response to her question to them about the best way to spread their ideas about climate change. For educators there are student-friendly articles and videos as well as ready-to-use lesson plans. For students there's a discussion board that provides them an opportunity to express their concerns about climate change and share their mitigation ideas, as well as climate-related pictures and videos.


NASA’s Climate Kids Video Tackles Sea Level Rise


NASA Climate Kids’ latest student friendly video explains how NASA measures and explains the causes of rising sea levels. Check it out here. Plus, did you know that a new Earth-observing satellite that measures our sea level is launching next month? After learning about sea level, click here for five things to know about the satellite, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich.

Explore the Arctic in Virtual Reality

Immerse yourself in the Arctic and engage with research sites deployed on Arctic sea ice as part of the 2019-2020 MOSAiC expedition in this 360° virtual reality tour. In this "choose your own adventure" experience, viewers are able to explore the MOSAiC ice camp and get a front row seat to the unprecedented work conducted by MOSAiC scientists! Find all MOSAiC VR resources here.

Conference Reports

Yale School of the Environment Oceans and Climate Conference

Friday, October 23, 2020 from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm ET

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This entirely student-led conference will bring together students, practitioners, and faculty to collectively explore the links, trade-offs, and tensions at the nexus of climate change, oceans, and coastal ecosystems. The conference is free and open to the public. To learn more about the conference and to register, visit the conference website.

The Remote Summit - On Demand and Free in 2020

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The Remote Summit took place in July 2020 with more than 50,000 higher education educators and administrators globally taking part. It is available free on demand now until the end of this year. Discover higher education practitioners’ perspectives on pedagogy, blended learning, and how to deliver engaging and effective experiences for students online or onsite. Access the conference resources here.

The USA Science & Engineering Festival – Online through October 31


The USA Science & Engineering Festival, SciFest is the largest and only national science festival with thousands of hands-on activities, conversations with STEM mentors, and exciting presentations. While it may be another year before you can attend the in-person Expo, you can join SciFest for a FREE Virtual All Access Festival! CLICK HERE to learn more and view all the SciFest exhibitors and performers.

What Can Yo Do To Protect Coral Reefs?

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What can you do to protect coral reefs? Check out this poster-sized infographic in English and Spanish from NOAA's National Ocean Service! Find it at:


Grants, Contests


Jobs, Internships and Opportunities

  • Graduate students: apply by December 4 for the Marine and Hydrokinetics (MHK) Fellowship Program with ORISE. Participants submit research plans and conduct research at their school as well as a hosting facility selected by the DOE Water Power Technologies Office, spending at least six months on their projects.
  • Coral Restoration and Conservation Internship Application Spring 2021. Deadline to apply is Oct. 30 2020; Notification of acceptance: Nov. 23, 2020; Start date: Jan. 4, 2021.  Learn more and  apply here.
  • Education Specialist position, Digital Communications Specialist, and a Grants Management Specialist are being sought to support the NOAA Marine Debris Program, Office of Response and Restoration. Learn more and apply here.

  • NOAA is pleased to announce the 2021 call for applications for NOAA’s Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship (C&GC) program. C&GC  fellows are UCAR employees and receive a fixed annual salary. For more information go here or email! 

  • Reef Relief's Spring and Summer Internships are now open! Please see the attached document for more information. Interested applicants must send a cover letter and resume to 


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