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May 31, 2022

News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

"There has never been a time of greater promise or greater peril."

–Professor Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum Founder & Executive Chairman 

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NOAA Planet Stewards Is Accepting Funding Applications until Midnight (PT) 5 June, 2022

Go to our website to learn how you could receive up to $5000
to carry out a hands-on project that make a difference.

Planet Stewards supports educators in carrying out hands-on stewardship projects with elementary through college age students - as well as the public in the areas of areas: Marine debris; Habitat conservation and restoration; Carbon footprint reduction; and Carbon sequestration.

Visit our Focus Area Resources page for more information about these topics and materials to consider when planning a project.

Individuals who have been awarded funds by NOAA Planet Stewards MAY submit applications for stewardship projects. If an educator currently completing a stewardship project would like to apply for funding, they must have already submitted a progress report and supporting documents that show significant progress in their current project.

Read about successful projects that have received funding in these past issues of The Earth Scientist.

You can find more details about the application process and supporting documents to help you develop a project plan here.


We're Back! Join NOAA Planet Stewards and our Partners at these upcoming and in-person workshops!


June 17-19: Preparing for Climate Change Impacts with Stewardship 


NOAA Planet StewardsElkhorn Slough and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) are hosting a simultaneous three-day workshop for educators who work with middle or high school level students. 

To register at the physical location you will be attending the workshop and receive more detailed information, visit these links


July 13-15:  E Kū Ana Ka Paia - Building Climate Change Resilience

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NOAA Planet StewardsThe National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the Hawai’i Science Teaching Association are hosting a three-day workshop for 6-9th grade educators to learn about climate change, how it's impacting Hawai‘i, and how to engage students to take action through place-based activities grounded in Hawaiian perspectives.

Spaces for this event are limited! Travel scholarships are available for teachers on Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi. All educators are welcome to apply to attend. 

You can find more detailed information and register to attend the workshop here. 

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October 7-9: Climate Justice - Exploring the Science of Climate Change in Your Classroom

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NOAA Planet Stewards and the Detroit Zoological Society are hosting a three-day workshop for educators, Climate Justice: Exploring the Science of Climate Change in Your Classroom. The goals of this workshop are for educators to explore how global climate change is affecting the metro Detroit region, and how they can engage their students in taking action to address this global phenomena.

There are a limited number of spaces available. We strongly urge you to pre-register and reserve your seat at the workshop today! Pre-register and receive more information.

NOAA Education Needs Your Help!

NOAA Education wants to know about the types of multimedia and distance-learning tools educators want to use with their students and for their own professional development. Help NOAA Education! Take this very short survey (< 3 minutes!) and let NOAA know how it can help you!

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

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NOAA Ocean Podcast: Surveying in the Great Lakes

Maintaining the United States marine transportation system functioning in a safe, efficient, and environmentally sound way requires information about water depth, the shape of the seafloor, lakebed, and coastline, the location of possible obstructions, and other physical features of water bodies. Hydrography is the science behind this information, and surveying is a primary method of obtaining hydrographic data. In this episode of the NOAA Ocean Podcast, learn about surveying and NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson’s survey missions in the Great Lakes. Listen to the podcast.


The Importance of Mentorship: 

Profile of recent NOAA Knauss Fellow, Shae Green

Check out this article discussing the importance of mentorship at the high school and college level in shaping Shae's development as a climate scientist with a PhD in marine biology.


Q&A: NOAA College Intern Interviews NOAA Regional Resource Coordinator Reyhan Mehran on Careers in  Restoring of Hazardous Waste Sites


In this Q&A series, NOAA intern Abisola Ajayi interviews three scientists in NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration. Abisola talks with OR&R Regional Resource Coordinator Reyhan Mehran about the restoration of industrial waste sites, and how NOAA handles the waste with lingering complications that continue to affect natural resources. Check out the full interview to learn more!

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

Read all about these and other upcoming webinars here!

Something for Everyone!

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

“Heat vulnerability in a changing climate – can we acclimatize?”
Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.


Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET

“Discover NOAA Education Resource Collections: Coral Reef and Kelp Forest Ecosystems”
Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.


Thursday, June 2, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

“Beyond Our Borders: Hurricane Forecast Collaboration in the Caribbean”
Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.


Thursday, June 2, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

“Drought Update and Wildfire Outlook for California and the Southwest”
Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.


Thursday, June 2, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

“Incorporation of Environmental Effects into Stock Assessments and Habitat Modelling:
Lessons Learned from American Lobster in the Gulf of Maine”
Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.


Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

            “Thinking toward the future of hard coral data find-ability, interoperability, and reusability”                  Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting.


Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

“NOAA’s Role in the Whole-of-Government Effort to Address the Climate Crisis”
Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.


Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

“Genetic population structure in the abundant rockfish species, Pacific ocean perch (Sebastes alutus)” Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.


Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

“Global Deep Sea Capacity Assessment Results”
Add to Google Calendar or register for the meeting.


Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

“A Fishers Operated Pilot-scale Queen Conch (Aliger gigas) Hatchery and Nursery Facility for Restoration and Sustainable Seafood Supply in Puerto Rico”
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Thursday, June 30, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

“Assessing the vulnerability of coastal communities to marine heatwaves: a comparison of the U.S. and Australia” Add to Google Calendar or join the meeting.


"Keepin' it Real: Connecting Ocean Acidification to Watershed Health and Promoting Student Action"

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Register to attend the webinar about the "Our Acidifying Ocean" program and related curricular tools for inside and outside the classroom. Our Acidifying Ocean provides meaningful, accurate and interactive educational content for high school and college students about ocean acidification. A single module on the website VirtualUrchin was the seed for a series of web- and field-based educational projects connecting ocean acidification to related environmental concerns. This webinar presents exciting updates to Our Acidifying Ocean curricular resources with new data, enriched content, and activities focused on student action. Webinar participants will walk away with an introduction to education tools that bring real ocean acidification research to learners.

National Science Teaching Association Science Update: Underwater Sound in Our National Marine Sanctuaries

Thursday, June 2, 2022 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm ET


SanctSound is a three-year project, to understand how sound varies in National Marine Sanctuaries all around the United States. SanctSound combines sound data with many other types of observations to better understand and protect these special places. The SanctSound web portal allows users to explore the sonic features of each sanctuary, and to make comparisons among locations to understand how similar or different they are from each other. Take a tour of this new portal and the new Ocean Sound and Impact of Noise Resource Collection.

Register for this event now and plan to log in 15 minutes prior to the start time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars.

This event is designed for formal and informal educators, high school through college students, and community members. Visit the archives of past National Marine Sanctuary webinars to catch up on presentations you may have missed.

Educator opportunities
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The Marine Mammal Center's Climate Literacy Collaborative Presents: Food Choices as Climate Solutions

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET

The virtual workshop spotlights opportunities to implement action across communities and organizations to greatly reduce our climate impact, while providing community benefits. Hear case studies from Tiffany Chung, Foodwise Director of Education, and Anneliese Tanner, Chef Ann Foundation Director of Research and Evaluation, about how you can join existing, successful campaigns at schools, neighborhoods and businesses, engage with climate communicators, and discuss opportunities to engage in real climate solutions.  RSVP for Food Choices as Climate Solutions  until June 7.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Professional Development

Webinar: Apps for Outdoor Exploration

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET


Cornell Lab of Ornithology's K–12 Education offers free webinars each month for all educators that provide background content, highlight new and relevant educational resources, and allow discussion for successful implementation. Access all archived webinars through K–12 Education Cornell Lab's YouTube channel. You can also receive letters of completion or Continuing Education Units. Register for the webinars here.


Climate Conversations: Water Justice

Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

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Millions of people in the U.S. lack access to clean and safe drinking water, particularly in low-income rural areas and in communities of color. Our changing climate creates additional threats, such as droughts that diminish surface water, algal blooms and salt-water intrusion that contaminate water supplies, as well as floods that overwhelm water treatment facilities. Join this conversation about how policies and infrastructure could help address disparities in access to water and build resilience to the increasing impacts from climate change.

The conversation will be webcast on the Climate Conversations: Water Justice webpage; register for the webinar. Closed captioning will be provided. The conversation will include questions from the audience and will be recorded and available to view on the page after the event.

Climate Conversations: Pathways to Action is a monthly webinar series from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that aims to convene high-level, cross-cutting, nonpartisan conversations about issues relevant to national policy action on climate change.

NOAA Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) Trainings

Dates: June - July 2022   |   Location: On an estuary near you! 


Educators Wade-In! Check out the National Estuarine Research Reserve Estuary Education website for upcoming Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop opportunities from May-July across the country.  If you’ve never seen a TOTE, watch the 5 minute video on the website to learn more.


2022-2023 ENGAGE (Earth, NASA, GLOBE And Guided Explorations): GLOBE Mission Earth Educator Cohort

Who: Middle School and High School Educators in the U.S.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 24, 2022


Take part in a year-long virtual professional development program to learn how to help your students improve their observation and science writing skills using the GLOBE Program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment). Participants will be introduced to pacing guides and lesson plans centered on outdoor environmental observations. The program will culminate in student writing that will be considered for publication on the GLOBE website. Learn more and apply to the program. While materials will focus on Earth science, a broad range of educators (science, math, computer science, library, etc.) are welcome to apply

KidWind Project’s REcharge Academy

When: July 18–21, 2022           Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 30, 2022

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The KidWind Project, a nonprofit clean energy education organization, has opened registration for its 2022 REcharge Academy. This program focuses on helping educators better understand the power grid and how to educate students on its intersection with renewable energy.

The REcharge Academy combines lectures from experts and tours of energy facilities with hands-on K–12 lessons to give educators content, as well as context. Educators will learn about the politics, technologies, and economics of renewable energy, along with a range of activities to use with students around energy concepts.

More than 20 scholarships are available for educators in New Mexico, 11 additional states, and one Canadian province. Scholarships offer partial or full tuition and cover lodging, food, and more than $200 in classroom gear. Find out more here.

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Dates: July 18-22, 2022

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Join Climate Generation, NOAA's Climate Program Office, and 14 other climate change education partners at the Virtual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education! Gain the skills to bring climate change into your educational setting, whether it be a classroom, nature center, or museum! Learn more and register here.

Summer Professional Development Workshop With the STEM Education Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism for High Quality STEM Learning

When: July 19 and 21, 2022


Examine the systemic barriers to STEM inclusion that have led to inequities in education and underrepresentation in STEM engagement, majors, and careers. Understand what it means to be anti-racist, and learn with others how to reframe the issues and implement strategies such as culturally responsive teaching (CRT) to work toward equity in STEM. Learn more about this professional development offering and register to attend.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 (TODAY!)

Earth to Sky Course: Climate Is Culture – Interpreting Change on the Colorado Plateau for Interpreters, Place-based Informal Educators, and Tribal Professionals

When: September 6-9, 2022

Where: Horace Albright Training Center, Grand Canyon National Park


In a decade of rising fires and falling water lines on the Colorado Plateau, interpreters, informal educators, and Tribal professionals are on the front lines of communicating climate science and engaging the public in ways that inspire action and hope. Join Earth to Sky for a course designed to deepen your understanding of climate science and expand your climate communication and interpretation skills. Learn more and apply for the course.


Student opportunities

Gulf of Mexico Youth Advisory Congress

Deadline: June 20, 2022

Who: Young environmental advocates ages 15-25

Applications for the Inaugural Gulf of Mexico Youth Advisory Congress is open for young environmental stewards! The Youth Advisory Congress (YAC) will help to shape the annual Youth Climate Summit and contribute to an international (US, Mexico, and Cuba) collaborative team focused on working with researchers & policy-makers to strengthen their stewardship, grow as environmental activists in their communities, and collaborate on concrete environmental policies, programs, and campaigns within the Gulf of Mexico.

Apply to the Gulf of Mexico Youth Advisory Congress! This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to join a youth congress focused on the Gulf of Mexico. Check out the Gulf of Mexico Youth Advisory Congress-Info Sheet if you have more questions.


Bee The Change Art Challenge

Deadline: July 4, 2022

How will you be the change for our planet? The 2022 Bee The Change Art Challenge is sponsored by S.C.R.A.P. Gallery and the Cathedral City Environmental Conservation Division in honor of World Bee Day and the queen of pollinators. Work will become part of the Bee The Change environmental art traveling exhibit for the new year.

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American Geosciences Institute's Earth Science Week, October 2022; Contests Listed Below & Opened Now


1. "Striving for Sustainability Globally" Video Contest for all ages. 

Learn more about the Striving for Sustainability Globally video contest. The American Geosciences Institute invites individuals and teams to submit a brief, original video exploring the many ways people are using the Earth sciences to make decisions that maintain and strengthen the planet’s ability to support thriving life!

2. "Sustainability in Action" Photography Contest for all ages.

Sustainable practices promote the planet’s capacity to support life throughout the biosphere, which involves interactions with other Earth systems such as the geosphere, the hydrosphere, and the atmosphere. How does geoscience knowledge help support sustainability where you live? With your camera, capture an image of the ways geoscience informs local efforts to build a sustainable world. Learn more about the contest.

3. "Our Sustainable World" Visual Arts Contest for Grades K-5 

A “sustainable” planet is one that supports living things — and that means taking care of all the things that life depends on, including land, water, air, and other living things. What does a sustainable world look like to you? What is necessary to have or change? What is not necessary? What is necessary to change? Use your artistic ability to produce an original work of art that shows how land, water, air, and living things interact in a sustainable world. Learn more about the contest.

4."Geoscience for Sustainable Development Goals" Essay Contest for Grades 6-9. 

We have all been called upon to help meet 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) articulated by nations around the world. Geoscience — which addresses interactions of the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere — can play a critical role. How can the Earth sciences help achieve SDGs in areas such as poverty, nutrition, education, equality, ecosystems, climate change, and/or industrial innovation? Learn more about the contest.

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Environmental Education Resources for Citizen Science

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) offers a web page dedicated to connecting teachers and students to environmentally related citizen science opportunities. Projects address topics from collecting weather observations and data to biodiversity-focused investigations observing plants and animals in a targeted area. Many projects focus on tracking trends associated with a changing climate, such as earlier bloom times for plants in the spring, altered arrival times and locations of migratory birds, and shifting habitats of frogs, pollinators, and other U.S. wildlife. The site features two colorful infographics - Citizen Science Is Blooming and Surrounded by Science - which help students understand the value of citizen science and the importance of learning about our planet and its systems.

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Developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center and Johnson and Johnson, this web page has a collection of STEM resources for K–8 students including:

  • lesson plans often in various languages
  • short activities to engage students in authentic science discussion,
  • and curriculum modules and other materials to enhance instruction, such as e-books, posters, videos, and infographics.

Of particular interest is the collection of Smithsonian Science for Makerspaces lessons, a series of engineering design challenges that engage students in exploring emerging technologies, including 3D printing (Channel Challenge), magnetic trains (Magnet Motion), and coding (Food Chain Fix). Find the site here.

STEM 4 All Video Showcase Includes 25 ED Grantees

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The 2022 STEM 4 All Video Showcase, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, includes 267 short videos that showcase Federally-funded projects aimed at improving STEM and Computer Science education. The videos highlight strategies to broaden participation, and increase access and equity, including 25 ED-funded projects. All videos from 2022 and earlier years will be added to the collection in the STEM for All Multiplex.

How to Talk With Kids About Climate Change in 2022

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Research has shown that most kids are not only aware of climate change, but are anxious about it. Parents, teachers, and caregivers are the most trusted source of information for children, so it’s crucial that they have resources to approach this difficult topic. Check out the guide created by EcoWatch on how to talk to kids about climate change at every age

NEW National Institutes of Health STEM Hub


The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, together with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched an online clearinghouse of STEM resources. The website provides links to free, easy-to-access, NIH-funded educational content educators and parents can use to engage K-12 students in health science. Topics include the brain and mental health, scientific tools and methods, molecules, cells, and much more. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.


National Science Foundation Grants - Deadlines Vary



Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Grants Open


The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the ITEST grants. The goal of this applied research and development program is to advance the equitable and inclusive integration of technology in the learning and teaching of STEM from pre-kindergarten through high school. The program’s objective is to support all students’ acquisition of the foundational preparation in STEM disciplines. Proposed ITEST projects are expected to: 1) engage students in technology-rich learning; 2) prioritize the full inclusion of groups who have been underrepresented and/or underserved; 3) motivate students to pursue technology-rich careers; and 4) leverage strategic and community partnerships.

The STELAR resource center is hosting a webinar with program officers on June 2, 1–2:30 p.m. Watch last month’s webinar recording and read a blog post with tips for proposers. Applications are due August 12, 2022.

Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Grants 


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) published in the Federal Register the notice inviting applications (NIA) for the EIR program’s Early-phase, Mid-phase, and Expansion competitions. Absolute Priority 3 supports the Secretary’s priority in “Promoting Equity in Student Access to Educational Resources and Opportunities” and is intended to support innovations to improve student achievement and attainment in STEM education to ensure our Nation’s economic competitiveness. There are numerous resources on the EIR competition webpage. Early phase applications are due July 21, 2022, and the others are due June 21, 2022.

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