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Join the Planet Stewards October Book Club Meeting


Join us on Monday, November 5th at 8:00 pm ET

to discuss:

Under a White Sky:

The Nature of the Future

by Elizabeth Kolbert
Dial 866-662-7513 (toll free) then use the pass code 1170791#.
The discussion is open to all so share with interested colleagues. Learn more here.

Discussion questions for the meeting are posted on the website


Watershed Flood Modeling: Examining Experiential Learning Impacts on Student Understanding and Skill Building


In this project, middle school students were given the opportunity to build their skills, understand the connections between the classroom and community, and acquire knowledge. Students developed real world solutions by researching flash floods, then constructing 3D models using TinkerCAD (2021) and a geospatial model using ArcGIS 10.0 (ESRI, 2014). Evaluation indicated students increased their willingness to problem solve through complex issues and improved their skill level by using 3D modeling and geospatial technology. Further, a student leadership team presented innovative prototypes to NOAA's National Weather Service, offering solutions to help warn the public of flash floods. Find the project here.

Past Planet Steward Webinar Highlights: Simulations and Models for Teaching Earth System Science


This broadcast offers examples of simple simulations and games suitable for young learners - both computer-based software as well as physical manipulatives more akin to tabletop games.

Presenter Randy Russel received his PhD in Educational Systems Development, and has been developing Earth science educational resources for 20+ years. He believes that students learn best when their minds are active and they are making decisions. Find the webinar here.

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If you're looking for terrific educational resources or ideas to plug into your academic planning this year, check out archived issues of The Watch! Our team has reviewed all content for use by educators working to increase their own ocean, climate, and environmental awareness and that of their student audiences.

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Creep Into the Deep this Halloween! Ocean Science Videos

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In the dark of the deep ocean NOAA Remote Vehicles film creatures that could practically come from another world. They are fascinating, beautiful and mysterious. They are so bizarre to us because they've evolved in an environment that is completely different from ours. This Halloween, learn about the wild marine animals that thrive in some of the darkest places on earth. Find the video collection here.

Online Professional Development Opportunities with

NOAA Ocean Exploration: A Three-Part Series


Learn about fascinating phenomenon that occurs in the deep sea and with deep-sea organisms with NOAA Ocean Exploration's Education Team and our Alliance Partners. This three-part offering will consist of: 1) video with experts in bioluminescence research; 2) a 90-minute online event w/ the NOAA team and other experts with relevant educational activities and resources; and 3) A 90-minute follow-up event with an Alliance Partner!

Registration is required and space is limited. A $75 stipend will be provided. Learn more >

Every Kid Outdoors!


Every Kid Outdoors is a federal government effort. Its aim is to get every fourth grader into public lands and waters and become environmental stewards and ocean guardians eager to enjoy America's natural treasures. Many NOAA locations can inspire a sense of wonder and a thirst for knowledge about our special ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes places — and most NOAA public spaces and visitor centers offer free admission!

Learn more at:

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Discover Spectacular: Celebrating 50 Years of Ocean Conservation and Stewardship

Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 5 pm ET

50 years ago, the U.S. ushered in a new era of ocean conservation by creating the National Marine Sanctuary System. Since then, we've grown into a nationwide network of ocean conservation lands nearly the size of Alaska. 

Learn more about these spectacular places and ensure the National Marine Sanctuary System remains a source of pride and enjoyment for all Americans. Click here to register:


NOAA Innovators Seminar: GNSS Radio Occultation 

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 at 1 pm ET


GNSS radio occultation is a remote sensing technique that uses GPS signals to monitor Earth’s atmosphere. A key driver of this technology is to better characterize severe weather events, such as forecasting hurricane intensities and hurricane trajectories. Learn more about this revolutionary remote sensing technique! Register here: 


2021 Open Ocean Annual Meeting

Thursday,  28 October 2021 at 1:00-3:00 pm ET

The Open Ocean annual meeting provides updates on Ocean Restoration projects and monitoring activities. There will be an opportunity to ask questions to the presenters after the updates are presented. Stay after the updates from 2-3 pm ET to take a deeper dive into the Mesophotic and Deep Benthic Communities restoration projects. Register for both portions of the webinar at: 


Insights into Humpback Whale Use of Entire Ocean Basins; What We Know from International Research

Wednesday, 3 November 2021 at 6 pm ET


Long-term studies of humpback whales were essential to the establishment of two national marine sanctuaries, Stellwagen Bank and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale national marine sanctuaries. The results of  two research projects have provided new insights into the complex lives of humpback whales, their use of entire ocean basins,  how humans impact whales throughout all oceans, and how these impacts can be reduced. This discussion will focus on the similarities and differences of humpback whales in Hawai‘i and the Atlantic. Click here to register: 

Educator opportunities


Land & Carbon Lab: Addressing the global land squeeze for climate, biodiversity and people

Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 11 am ET


Join the unveiling of the the World Resource Institute's Land & Carbon Lab, where you’ll hear from WRI and partners, including scientists and technologists, on plans to build and deploy a comprehensive global land monitoring system. They’ll also be previewing new data, including trees in mosaic landscapes, forest carbon fluxes and global land cover – showcasing the information that will ultimately create unprecedented transparency about what is happening to the world’s land at any point on the planet, at any time.

Register here to join. 

Webinar, Climate Café: Interpreting the Past to Forecast the Future 

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET


HEAR FROM FOUR ENGINEERS who explore extreme places in the ocean and outer space. Learn about hostile environments that demand special tools and special people with the “right stuff” to test their own limits and push the boundaries of knowledge deeper into the unknown. Register here. 

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Webinar Series

October 28, November 3, 9, and 18

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Register now for this CLEAN webinar series to enhance your knowledge and teaching about climate and energy education! Upcoming webinars include:

Oct. 28: “It’s Us: Humans as Agents of Change within Earth’s Climate
              System” at 6:30 pm ET

Nov. 3: “The UC Berkeley Understanding Global Change Project and
                            CLEAN” at 6:00 pm ET

Link to the webinars to learn more, or REGISTER for the series HERE.


Visualizing Our Future Coasts: Sea Level Rise Maps in the En-ROADS Simulator

4 November 2021;  Register for one of two times: 7am or 2pm ET


The En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator now includes interactive maps to explore the threats coastal areas face from sea level rise. The webinar will highlight how to use this feature and discuss some of the notable dynamics around sea level rise risks to keep in mind. For a more in-depth description of this new feature, read the blog post or join a webinar below.

Webinar: Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Through Science and STEM Teaching Series from NSTA

Nov. 6 • Nov. 20 • Dec. 4 • Dec. 18 

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion should be a central component in all aspects of education. However, achieving equity and social justice in science education continues to be an ongoing challenge. As we try to promote equitable learning environments for ALL students, science and STEM educators have a unique opportunity to reposition students who have been historically disadvantaged and underserved, so they become actively engaged participants in science learning. Register here >

Brought to you by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Ideation Challenge:

From the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) –

The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science & Technology 

Open through 19 November 2021

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OSTP  recently launched, The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science & Technology Ideation Challenge.  Help OSTP advance equity in the science & technology ecosystem through this challenge in three specific ways:

  • Participate! Open to all!; Spread the word to all your networks; Connect with OSTP about opportunities to collaborate on advancing equity in science and technology.

Email with questions, comments or suggestions.

NSTA Science Update Webinar: Protecting the Elusive & Endangered Hawaiian False Killer Whale

Thursday, 2 December 2021 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET

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In this Science Update from the National Science Teaching Association and NOAA, you'll learn all about the main Hawaiian Islands insular false killer whale and why they are endangered. This presentation will also introduce activities and resources to support classroom explorations, including how to be a community scientist and identify this species, how to report sightings and upload dorsal fin photos, and what you can do to help protect them. 

Register today to participate in this web seminar.

Online Course: Nature Champion Training

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Nature Champion Training aims to build capacity among health care providers, clinicians, and mental health professionals to be leaders in prescribing nature​ and connecting children and families with nature for health benefits​. To find out more and enroll, visit: 

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching                              


The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) - including computer science, is now accepting nominations! The PAEMST is the highest honor the U.S. government bestows for K–12 mathematics and science teaching, honoring up to 108 teachers each year. Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President; a trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend recognition events; and $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Consider nominating a talented teacher or applying for the award yourself here. This year, teachers in grades K–6 are eligible. Nominations close on January 7. Applications will be due by February 6.

Student opportunities

NASA STEM Stars en Español: Taking Flight With Project Manager Roberto Navarro (on YouTube)

Wednesdays, 27 October 2021 at 2 pm ET; Audience: 13+

“NASA STEM Stars” en Español is part of a web-chat series that connects students with subject matter experts to learn about STEM careers and ask questions about STEM topics. Find out more about NASA’s aeronautics research to improve flight capabilities, including aircraft that can take off and land from any spot or hover in place.

Watch the live event, presented in Spanish, and ask your questions about pursuing careers in STEM.


Adventures In Deep Sea Exploration: Living The Dream

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 at 6:00pm ET, hybird attendance in-person or remote

Fish Talk

Robert Ballard, Professor of Oceanography at the Graduate School of Oceanography, President of Ocean Exploration Trust, and an Explorer at Large with National Geographic, is best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic and 1977 discovery of hydrothermal vents. Ballard will present his most recent work in deep water exploration and inspire young people to pursue learning in science, math, and technology through exploration and discovery.

Register for the virtual lecture, or register for the in-person lecture located at District Hall, Providence, RI. (Details provided at the registration link.)

Black In Marine Science (BIMS) YouTube Series:

BIMS Bites and BIMS Bites Kids

Fridays at 1:00 pm ET and Saturdays at 11 am ET

In the continued effort to highlight and amplify Black voices, Black In Marine Science has created two YouTube series that air Fridays at 1:00 pm ET and Saturdays at 11 am ET. These series, BIMS Bites and BIMS Bites Kids, focus on small “bites” of marine science topics presented by Black scientists in order to communicate science worldwide! Tune in for this upcoming episode: 

October 29: Raising cleaners in aquariums--Amanda Felix


BIMS DIVES is making big WAVES!

Friday, 29 October 2021 from 6-7 pm ET

BIMS Dives is a monthly immersive conversation series diving into pressing ocean topics with Black scientists! October’s conversation is with Dr. Vernon Morris Wright moderated by Kris Howard and Adam Troutman. BIMS Dives will be diving into ocean and atmosphere  on the last Friday of each month at 6pm ET.Make sure to add the date and time to your calendar today!

Join the show here on the BIMS YouTube channel.

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DEEP SEA SOIRÉE Live Virtual Event

Saturday, 6 November 2021 from 10-11:30 pm ET; Recommended for ages 16+

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Deep sea researcher Dr. Amanda Kahn of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and San Jose State University will share her latest findings on the secret lives of sponges. Vast reefs and gardens of sponges form the foundation of unique communities in the deep ocean. Learn how sponges move without muscles and create bridges between animal food webs and the microbial realm!

Registration: Please note there is a surprise gift with optional registration. 

Where to tune in on November 6:

'Picture Climate Change' from NOAA: Calling all 5th - 12th Grade Students! 

Competition deadline is November 15, 2021

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NOAA's Western Region has launched the “Picture Climate Change'' student photo contest and is looking for images that showcase climate change in the western United States. Students can showcase their climate change experience through the camera  lens along with a short written narrative to highlight their climate change photo.  Students are not required to live in a Western Region state to enter the contest, but all photographs must have been taken in a Western Region state.

Details are available here For more information about NOAA’s efforts to help people understand and prepare for climate variability and change, visit

Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest & Calendar

Deadline: 10 December 2021


This year’s NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest is officially open! Students in grades K-8 from the United States and U.S. territories can submit their artwork that answers the questions: How does marine debris impact the ocean and Great Lakes? What are you doing to help prevent marine debris? For more contest and submission guidelines, please visit the website and download the entry form

Artwork by Jeewoo S.(Grade 8, Commonwealth of the
Northern Mariana Islands,winner of the 2021 Marine Debris Art Contest)

Calling all student filmmakers! Share Your Great Lakes & Ocean Stories at Thunder Bay International Film Festival

Submission Deadline: January 4, 2022

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Inspired by NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary system, this competition is designed to give high school students an opportunity to tell their Great Lakes and ocean stories. Top entries will be selected to have their films screened at the virtual Thunder Bay International Film Festival in January 2022, prizes awarded to top three entries. Films must be 3 minutes or less and the subject matter must relate to the theme: #ScienceInTheSanctuary. This competition is free to enter for all students.

Ed Resources

Sustainable Communities! Research Guide from the Smithsonian Science Education Center

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Sustainable Communities! is a student-centered community research guide developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project. The guide can empower students in grades 3–8 to serve as action researchers: students who are both learners and “doers.” The guide uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to focus on sustainable actions that are defined and implemented by students. 

The modules’ research tasks and activities help students access their existing knowledge of the topic (discover), gather new information about the topic (understand), and analyze and apply new information to make decisions about actions that would be best for their community (act). Learn more here >

Earth Science Week 2021: "Water Today and for the Future"


The Fall 2021 issue of the Earth Scientist is out this week in honor of "Earth Science Week, Water Today and for the Future". Be sure to take a look at the articles about water resources, monitoring water from space, marine debris, new ways to engage your students in virtual reality about the ocean, and a curriculum that highlights flooding and drought resilience.  Introduce your students to careers as geoscientists and how they can help to build resilient communities around the world.  

Data Literacy Dashboard For Educators from World Resource Institute

Resource Watch partnered with a Presidential Award teacher and education experts to develop the Data Literacy Dashboard. This tool is designed to support teachers in introducing their students to understand, generate, and use data. The content is designed for middle school students, from 6th to 8th grade, and it can be adapted to other levels. Join the open presentation event on November 9th at 7:00 pm ET.  Register and join here >

Teach Climate Justice Campaign Lessons

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The Zinn Education Project created the Teach Climate Justice campaign, a collection of lessons, books, films, and articles for elementary through high school. The materials could work in many different subject areas and would be an interesting, authentic foundation for interdisciplinary study. 

Lessons are classroom-tested and largely come from A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis, a teaching guide published by Rethinking Schools.

(W)holistic Science Pedagogy Teaching for Justice

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Access to quality science and math instruction remains a civil rights and social justice issue as the scientific and technological divide widens. (W)holistic Science Pedagogy Teaching for Justice provides access to rigorous science instruction. Read the attached article from NSTA and find out how (W)holisitic Science Pedagogy can be used to design justice-oriented science lessons. 


Our world is deeply interconnected, where the health of natural and human systems underpins the future of our societies, economies, and planet. Spatial data brings together intelligence generated from satellites, national and global science teams, and the deep place-based knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. The maps created by these data layers can provide a powerful resource to address our planetary crisis.

The UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) provides access to global spatial data to generate insight and impact for conservation and sustainable development. UNBL is a free, open-source environment that does not require any previous GIS experience. Learn more >

Climate Change Resources for Middle and High School


Increase secondary students’ climate literacy with this collection of resources exploring the science behind global warming and energy. The resources include a high school–level movie, book, and an activity guide for teachers (World On Fire: The Science), and a comic book on the same topic for middle level audiences (Global Warming What You Need to Know). All three resources address the causes and effects of global warming and the present and future sources of energy. 

The activity guide for teachers is downloadable and presents nine classroom experiences and numerous organizers and student handouts that can help students synthesize their learning. 

World Ocean Radio: The Future of Aquaculture, part two

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In this brief series, explore disruptive technologies for aquaculture, specific initiatives and other advancements to improve efficiency and safety as a positive contribution to out future food supply and global health. 

WORLD OCEAN RADIO is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays on a wide range of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects.  Listen on iTunes or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts Find out more and listen to The Future of Aquaculture >

Conference Reports


Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association (MAMEA) 2021 Virtual Conference 

5-7 November 2021


If you haven't already registered for the 2021 Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association (MAMEA) Virtual Conference, now is the time to register. 

Registration is $25, which includes your annual membership to MAMEA. The virtual conference will be hosted on the Whova platform, and all sessions will be recorded.  The conference platform and recordings will be available for 6 months past the end of the conference.  If you can't make it to the conference live, still register for the conference to have access to the platform.  For a complete listing of all speakers and sessions click here.

Hawai'i Marine Debris Action Plan 2010-2020

Accomplishments Report

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The Hawai'i Marine Debris Action Plan 2010-2020 Accomplishments Report provides a history of the Hawai'i Marine Debris Action Plan and celebrates the accomplishments of the community. It was the first community-based marine debris action plan in the nation facilitated by the NOAA Marine Debris Program. Established in 2010 and updated four times, it is a comprehensive framework for strategic action to reduce the impacts of marine debris in Hawai'i by 2020. Over the ten years of the plan, partnerships and participation have increased, and together this steadfast community has made huge strides in understanding and mitigating marine debris in the islands. Find the report here >




  • Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Grant a $2 million national competition for public schools grades 6–12. Students are asked how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can be used to create change in their communities. With the help of their teachers, students can apply to the contest and compete to win up to $100,000 in prizes for their school, plus the opportunity to work with Samsung employees to develop their prototypes. Application submission deadline: November 8, /2021,

  • Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Educational GrantsThe foundation funds schoolsa cross a variety of areas. Applications are accepted from across the United States. Average award amounts are $1,000–$20,000. Find out more here>  Application submission deadline: November 10, 2021 

  • NOAA Ocean Exploration Education Mini-GrantsNOAA Ocean Exploration, in cooperation with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, is pleased to award these small grants ranging between $10,000 - $25,000  to support Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEI&A) efforts that advance ocean literacy, stewardship, and workforce development related to ocean exploration. The RFP deadline to submit proposals is November 15, 2021. To learn more and read the RFP, see here. 

  • Chesapeake Bay Trust Environmental Education Grant Program: This grant program seeks to fund programs and initiatives that advance environmental literacy and result in students having the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and motivation to take informed and responsible actions to protect and improve the environment. Eligible projects for this funding opportunity fall under two tracks.
    • Track 1: Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) Implementation: Proposals for up to $40,000 per year for up to three years
    • Track 2: Environmental Literacy Capacity Building: Proposals for up to $40,000 for a year

            Deadline: Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 4pm ET. 
            Find out more information including who can apply here >

  • EPA 2021 Environmental Education Grants: Up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants are now available under the 2021 Environmental Education (EE) Local Grant Program. EPA will award grants in each of EPA’s 10 Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-40 grants nationwide. The Requests for Application (RFA) notice is now posted on

    Applications are due Dec. 6, 2021.

NOAA's Office of Education competitive funding opportunity: Building Resilience to Extreme Weather and Climate Change


The NOAA Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for projects that develop the collective environmental literacy necessary for communities to take actions that build resilience to extreme weather and climate change in ways that contribute to community health, social cohesion, and socio-economic equity. This funding opportunity is soliciting two types of projects through separate competitive priorities. Priority 1 will support new projects and Priority 2 will support the evolution of existing projects. Deadlines and details can be found here.

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