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September 6, 2022

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NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club Begins – Join us for our first Book Club meeting of the 2022-2023 academic year!


On Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm ET the Planet Stewards Book Club is excited to hold its first meeting of this academic year! We’ll be discussing My Octopus Teacher (available at Netflix). Discussion questions are now posted on our website. To join the event by video, click on the following link a few minutes before the event start time:  You may need to wait briefly to be let in by the facilitator. Or, you can dial in by phone at: +1 612-361-0505; Then enter the following PIN: 576 707 897#. We look forward to you joining us for a discussion of this exceptionally moving  award winning film.  

You can find all of our Book Club selections and meeting dates for the 2022-2023 academic year on our website

And don’t forget, we have over 50 fiction, non-fiction, and young adult selections from past Book Club events - with discussion questions, in our archives. Whether you’re looking to catch up on some knowledge, enjoy a quick fun read, or find a book to use with your students, there’s something for everyone at the NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club  

September 30 - October 2: Preparing for Climate Change Impacts with Stewardship

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NOAA Planet Stewards, Elkhorn 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:

Reserve your place today! Spaces are limited!

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 phenomenon. There are a limited number of spaces available. Register for the workshop.

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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Representatives from NOAA and Keaukaha Panaʻewa Farmers Association affirm partnership through site blessing of the pilot project.

Climate Equity Pilot Project

 NOAA’s first climate equity pilot project aims to establish a species-rich food forest using a poly-forestry system. The pilot will apply management practices that are culturally compatible with the local population. Read more about how the projects’ partners are devoted to restoring watersheds that impact the island’s important coral reefs, from “mauka to makai'' or from the mountainside to the seaside.


Coral Reefs: Fast Facts

Looking for some vetted, bite-sized facts or a slide-ready graphic about corals to use in an upcoming presentation or just to bolster your knowledge? The Office for Coastal Management (OCM) has you covered. OCM's Coral Reefs page is just one of many "Fast Fact" topics available — explore what they have to offer.

Inaugural NOAA Summer Film Festival


The NOAA Summer Film Festival is a virtual journey that explores how NOAA’s mission is carried out across the United States and its Territories. Short films provide a snapshot of NOAA’s work throughout the Nation, showing how NOAA data, products, and services are tailored to diverse regional needs.

Starting on August 3, a video was released each Wednesday and will continue through the end of September on the NOAA Regional Collaboration Network webpage. The remaining lineup includes:

  • NOAA Pacific Islands Region - September 7
  • NOAA Southeast and Caribbean Region - September 14 
  • NOAA Alaska Region - September 21

National Weather Service Fall Seasonal Safety Campaign


Welcome to meteorological Fall! The NWS Fall Safety Campaign officially launched on September 1st! Aligning with National Preparedness Month in September, new infographics for this campaign focus on extreme weather preparation, in addition to a refresh of wind graphics and new tsunami materials. The Spanish Fall social media plans have grown and are now separated by hazard, containing a thorough collection of translated social media posts and graphics. Please feel free to use these materials in your classroom and/or communications with your students. 

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

Something for Everyone!


7 September 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Transforming underwater sampling and manipulation with soft robotics


 13 September 2022 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Community Climate Studies - Observing, Modeling, and Mitigating Urban Heat
for Equitable Resilience


15 September 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Protecting “Pristine” Places from Pollution: Applying New Water Quality Assessment Techniques in the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa


Climate Change, Whales, and Kids: How Science and Education can Protect Species and Fight Climate Change

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET

Globally, whales and other megafauna play an important role in the carbon cycle and in reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide. In this webinar, Sara Hutto, Climate Program Coordinator for Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries will discuss the latest science on "whale carbon," and the critical efforts underway to rebuild whale stocks by reducing impacts, such as lethal collisions with ships. Recent engagement with school children on the subject made a big splash, resulting in a renewed commitment from the largest container shipping line to continue to go slow for whales, demonstrating the important role that community engagement plays in ocean protection. Register for the webinar.

Educator opportunities

How Environmental Justice Advocates Use Public Opinion Research to Win

Friday, September 9, 2022 | 12:00 -  1:00 pm ET

Register here for the webinar and to review speaker bios!

Two in three Americans support increasing funding to low-income communities and communities of color who are disproportionately harmed by air and water pollution. Distinguished environmental justice leaders will discuss this support and how they have leveraged public opinion research to make a difference for communities facing unfair harms from pollution.


Environmental Action Civics Fall Support Webinar Series

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Digging into environmental action civics? Join Earth Force this fall for four support sessions, each focusing on a different topic. Open to both new and experienced Earth Force practitioners are welcome to participate in the session for Q&A, problem-solving, and camaraderie. Register to attend one or all!

  • Tuesday 9/6: Student-Led Inventories and Decision Making
  • Tuesday 10/4: Student-Led Research & Community Engagement
  • Tuesday 11/1: Student-Led Action & Action Stories
  • Tuesday 12/6: Celebration!

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program


APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN: Are you an educator, or know one, who’d like to spend 11 months working at a federal agency or Congress? The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is accepting applications for the 2023-2024 year. Teachers will apply their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts during this Fellowship. There are many sponsoring federal agencies, so check out the full list here and see examples of the work of past Fellows. 

Beginner QGIS Workshop for Educators

Thursday, September 8, 2022 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm ET


Curious to bring GIS into your classroom? QGreenland is offering a version of their popular beginner workshop tailored just for educators. This workshop is designed for people brand new to GIS who are interested in using the open-source geospatial data platform QGIS with their students. You will leave with an understanding of ways to introduce GIS to your students and curriculum materials to help you do it! Open to both formal and informal educators, with continuing education/graduate credit available. For more information contact Alyse Thurber.

Public Workshop:

Foundations of data Science for Students in Grades K-12

September 13-14, 2022


To bring visibility to the need for data science education at the K-12 level, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will convene a hybrid public workshop to explore the available research on the following board topics:


  • Possible goals & outcomes of data science & data fluency
  • Tools and dataset needs to support learners in acquiring competencies in data science and       what the learning experiences should look like
  • Learning with data be meaningfully integrating it into other K-12 subjects
  • Additional research needs

Win free books for your entire school!

Deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2022


Read Across America (RAA) is the nation’s largest celebration of reading for students. Now, you have the chance to bring the joy of RAA to an entire school when you enter the 2022 RAA Sweepstakes! This year's RAA calendar was created with this belief in mind: No matter who they are or where they live - kids need to read books that represent them. They deserve access to stories as diverse and complex as the society we live in. Winning the sweepstakes will bring these books into your school, but also open new worlds and experiences to students in every single classroom in the public school of your choice.

Webinar: Phenomena Through the Lens of Agriculture Deep Dive 

September 15, 2022 | 5:00 pm ET


On the Farm STEM is a free program designed to equip educators with lessons, activities, online learning tools, and professional development to teach science through the lens of agriculture. This upcoming webinar will introduce one phenomenon for each grade band (elementary, middle school, and high school) that can drive student sensemaking. Register for the webinar.

Mental Health

Presented by the National Environmental Education Foundation and the US Forest Service, this webinar will share ways that healthcare professionals, outdoor interpretive and volunteer staff, and community organizations can use nature as a tool for promoting wellness, resilience, and recovery to their community. 

You will learn:

  • Strategies for engaging communities in nature access
  • Practical resources and tools for a successful program
  • Triggers that exacerbate mental health conditions like anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Examples of nature-based trauma informed care programs

Register now to learn from expert panelists from the US Forest Service, Climate Mental Health Network, Anacostia Parks & Community Collaborative, and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

National Geographic’s Explorer Classroom's Fall Return!

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Join Explorer Classroom — a live interactive session that connects young people with National Geographic Explorers — to hear behind-the-scenes stories and interact with cutting-edge scientists, researchers, and powerful storytellers from around the globe. All events are free, open to the public, and include an interactive guide for both students and educators to help learners get the most out of the experience.


Student opportunities

McMurdo Speaker Series: Antarctica, Space, Lasers (Oh my!)

McMurdo Kids

Travel virtually to Antarctica with your students through four live sessions from McMurdo research station in the heart of Antarctica facilitated by researcher Dr. Xinzhao Chu and her graduate students. Students will learn about polar science topics such as the upper atmosphere, space weather, seasons in Antarctica, and what it's like to live at the McMurdo station. Students will also be able to chat live with scientists at the end of the world.  These events are also open to the public and will be interesting for  middle school ages and up. Register on the event pages today for the link! Co-hosted by CIRES Education & Outreach and Exploring by the Seat of your Pants.

  • September 20 - Introduction to the Upper Atmosphere
  • October 11 - Introduction to Space Weather
  • October 18 - A Day in the Life at McMurdo
  • November 8 - Seasons in the Arctic

Register for one or all four webinars.

GeoMagnetism Data Collection Challenge

Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 1:00 - 1:30 pm ET


You and your students can contribute to an international effort to monitor the effects of space weather on our planet. The GeoMag Challenge kick-off event during Earth Science Week (October 10th-15th) will feature a data collection challenge from scientists to improve research on how Earth’s geomagnetic field changes in response to space weather. There will be live demonstrations of how to use CrowdMag to engage students in experiments on magnetic fields while also supporting ongoing research! Check out the full package of lesson plans, recorded background videos, tutorials and information about the challenge.

American Geosciences Institute's Earth Science Week

October 2022; Contests Listed Below & Opened Now


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

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! Learn more here

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

Sustainable practices promote Earth’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? 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 in this. How can 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.

Sign Up Your Middle School Students for Climate Superstars!

Begins October 1, 2022 so sign up prior!


National Environmental Education Foundation’s annual Climate Superstars Challenge registration is live! Register now and get ready to join the challenge starting on October 1.

Climate Superstars is an online environmental challenge that gets kids excited about the environment and how they can take an active role in caring for its future. Middle school classrooms and after-school programs (Grades 6-8) complete short tasks geared towards environmental literacy and energy efficiency. Classes that complete at least 7 tasks in the month of October (1-31) will be entered into a drawing to win one of six $5,000 e-vouchers for Samsung products like tablets, laptops, and interactive displays to modernize their classrooms. 

Ed Resources


Surprisingly STEM: Marine Biologists @ NASA Kennedy


This video is the first in a series highlighting “Surprisingly STEM” careers around NASA and highlights marine biologists working to protect the animals and ecosystem at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is known for its launch pads, rocket launches and cutting-edge technology -- it’s also a national wildlife refuge! The center’s surrounding ecosystem supports one of the highest numbers of threatened and endangered species anywhere in the nation, and NASA has a team of biologists whose mission is to protect and preserve these areas. Biologists share how their ecological work contributes to the agency’s larger mission and how they personally ended up on a boat in the Florida wetlands doing exciting work for NASA!

Weather, Climate, and the Atmosphere for Ages 5 - 10

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The new SkySci for Kids website is designed to provide children ages 5-10 with playful avenues for learning about weather, climate change, and related atmospheric science topics. On the site you’ll find short articles, online games, storybooks, and videos for informal science learning. The materials are designed to allow kids to explore either independently or with a parent or caregiver. SkySci for Kids is a project of the UCAR Center for Science Education. Development of SkySci for Kids was made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation.

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The Ocean Optimism Podcast

The Ocean Optimism podcast shares stories, not often heard, about ocean conservation successes. The inaugural episode features Dr. Nancy Knowlton, coral reef biologist, and one of the founders of the #OceanOptimism movement. Listen to all of the released episodes and check out more ocean optimism on Twitter using #OceanOptimism, the website, and

New Sea-level Rise Curriculum

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This new curriculum brings GIS and Greenland into the classroom to investigate the importance of the Greenland Ice Sheet on a global scale. As students explore the driving question ‘How is the Greenland Ice Sheet changing?’ they utilize a video tutorial series to develop GIS skills that will enable them to analyze glacial retreats and calculate the amount of global sea-level rise that can be attributed to the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Finally, the curriculum addresses misconceptions about regional sea level rise as students analyze risk to their chosen community.

Note: Developers are currently looking for undergraduate, community college, or advanced high school curriculum testers who are interested in bringing GIS into their classrooms and engaging students in authentic analysis (stipends available). Learn more about these materials and sign up.

New Polar Field Data Curriculum

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The curriculum consists of two modules with 4-5 units each and combines real polar field data from Greenland with innovative teaching methods to strengthen students' knowledge of polar science and build student connections to polar places. The units contain a series of 360-degree interactive environments, field images, maps, geospatial data, and videos to immerse students in the place and dive into questions about timescales, seasonal and year-to-year change, and interconnected Earth system elements.

Learn more about these materials at PolarPass. Sign up PolarPass@Colorado.EDU

Megadrought in the Colorado River Basin – MS/HS Lesson


More than 40 million people across the western United States rely on water from the Colorado River Basin, a basin that is experiencing a decades-long drought (megadrought). In this *Data Puzzle, students analyze and interpret a long-term record (1900-2021) of temperature and precipitation data from the region to construct an explanatory model from the driving question, “What is causing the megadrought in the Colorado River Basin?” and to identify strategies to reverse/reduce these drought conditions. *Data Puzzles are a new resource that combine classroom-friendly datasets with Ambitious Science Teaching instructional practices to help students make sense of phenomena. Check out the full data puzzle collection.

Digging Deeper: An Exercise in Questioning

Try this activity from Earth Force to pinpoint the issue that students are interested in and the feasibility of moving forward with issues in STEM research and beyond.


 Generate: The Game of Energy Choices


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Generate is a cooperative board game in which students work in teams to explore energy choices and learn about the considerations and costs in determining what type of energy generation to build. Adaptable for use with middle through college levels, the game supports the Next Generation Science Standards and encourages a deeper examination of energy issues among students. 

High School Sustainability Guide

Curious about ways to incorporate sustainability education into your classroom or club? Check out this guide, which gives insight on how to explore your schools’ carbon footprint and provides resources for schools looking to make a difference.

Conference Reports


Green Summit Coming on September 16th!

Green Summit

Learn about the climate crisis and what you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint. Special guest, GM's Gerald Johnson, and other STEM experts will share news and views on what institutions are doing to reduce their impact and make a difference in their community. Learn how top supporters are partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to advance the careers of young people in STEM. 


This program will benefit technical area achievers as they network with others in their various fields from across higher educational institutions and share ideas for future innovations.

RSVP for the summit.

POSea Conference


When: September 29 - October 1, 2022

The organizations of Minorities in Shark Sciences, Black in Marine Science, Black Women in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Science, Minorities in Aquarium and Zoo Science and Minorities in Aquaculture are collaborating to host a virtual joint conference for the marine science BIPOC community.

This conference will provide networking opportunities and professional development opportunities for participants while showcasing the work of BIPOC marine scientists from around the world. Allies are welcome to attend the main conference events and support the conference by purchasing a $10 ally ticket. The conference is free for BIPOC scientists.

Register to attend the conference and take advantage of having scientists share their work (FYI there will be education and science communication presentations as well).


Registration is open for the North American Association for Environmental Education 51st Annual Conference on October 12-15 in Tucson, AZ with virtual options. Topics include climate change education and climate justice, the benefits of connecting to nature, and centering equity in environmental education.



  • Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Grant; Applications due September 6, 2022. Eight grants of up to $7,500 each are available for the 2022-2023 school year through the InvenTeams grant program. The grant is available for educators to apply with a small group of high school students to integrate from STEM lessons to develop invention prototypes.

  • NSHSS School Supplies Grant; Applications due September 15, 2022. The National Society of High School Scholars will award twelve $500 awards to support high school educators to provide additional opportunities to their students and classrooms.

  • AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant Program; Applications due September 30, 2022. The AIAA Foundation will award grants of up to $500 to projects with STEAM connections and an emphasis on aerospace that significantly influence student learning. Funding can be used towards classroom STEM demonstration kits, STEM Supplies, K-12 STEM software, and other supplies as detailed on the website.

Grant: NOAA Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program

2023 Federal Funding Opportunity Deadline: Sept. 20, 2022, 11:59 pm ET


The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is seeking proposals under the Great Lakes B-WET program. Great Lakes B-WET is a competitive grant program that supports existing, high quality environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new, innovative programs, and encourages capacity building and partnership development for environmental and place-based education programs throughout the entire Great Lakes watershed (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin). Successful projects provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for students and related professional development for teachers, while advancing regional Great Lakes watershed education priorities. The Great Lakes B-WET program is funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Take a look at the applicant resources.

Contact the Great Lakes B-WET program coordinator for questions: or phone at (989) 312-3520.


Presidential Awards for Excellence in STEM Teaching 


The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), created by Congress in 1983, on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The awards are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of STEM, including Computer Science. This year's (2022-2023) awards will honor science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teachers working in grades 7-12.

Applications and/or nominations are now open. Recipients of the award receive the following:

  • A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
  • A paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
  • A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
  • An opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

Nominations close on January 9, 2023. Applications must be completed by February 6, 2023.

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