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September 20, 2022

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The Book Club is Back!

Join us for our October meeting! 


 October 11 at 7:00 PM ET 

Book: Escape Greenland by Ellen Prager

           -- a young adult fiction book 

Join with link:  

           (Wait briefly to be let in by the facilitator.)

Our September Book Club Meeting discussion on My Octopus Teacher was terrific!  You can see all the meeting dates and selections for the 2022-2023 academic year in the Book Club Section of our Upcoming Events Page. There's also new information on how to log into these events via Google Meet - another flavor of Zoom. 

For our October meeting Join with link:, or you can just join by phone at: +1 612-361-0505, then enter the following PIN: 576 707 897#. 

In addition to finding all our Book Club selections and meeting dates for the 2022-2023 academic year on our website, 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

Have you been meaning to register for one of NOAA Planet Stewards upcoming in person workshops? Do it soon! Seats are filling up fast!

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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

Climate Justice workshop

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!

The Watch

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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News on the NOAA Ocean Service (NOS) Website

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Check out this video!

What is the Carbon Cycle? For many associated and linked educational resources. Feel free to pair the video with this hands-on game, The Incredible Journey, from NOS Education.

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 full lineup of the Film Festival follows: 

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NOAA Science Seminar Series

Something for Everyone!


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

Coastal Flooding in the Face of Climate Change: Understanding Constituent Need


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

Beyond total biomass: ProgressTowards Detecting Phytoplankton Communities from Space


29 September 2022 | 9:30 - 10:30 am ET

Seasonal Bird Migration Patterns


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 the 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


Webinar: Overcoming Climate Change Disinformation

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 1:00 pm ET

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Are you struggling how to help your students (or yourselves) identify when and where climate change DISINFORMATION is showing up and impacting our lives? Join Climate Generation educator Seth Spencer as he dives into how to respond to questions about climate science or climate solutions, and how to actively combat climate change disinformation from influencing our students’ understanding of the causes, and solutions, to human-caused climate change in their communities.

Register for the webinar or register to receive the recordings, related resources, and supporting materials. Sign up for the Network to receive announcements for all upcoming programming as well.

Climate Conversations: The Grid

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET


Join The National Academies for a conversation about how to adapt the U.S. electric grid to meet the needs of a decarbonized and electrified country.

As renewable energy continues to grow, and as vehicles and buildings are increasingly powered by electricity rather than fuels, the U.S. electric grid will need to adapt. Sue Tierney (Analysis Group) will moderate a conversation between Bill Ritter, Jr. (Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University) and Lauren Azar (Azar Law LLC) about how to navigate the challenges facing the grid, such that it can continue to provide power and facilitate the new energy economy. Challenges discussed may include: transmission, storage, land use and siting, and interconnections. The conversion will also touch on how the Inflation Reduction Act will impact how the nation responds to these challenges. 

Learn more here and Register for the webinar.

#Teach10Hours 4Climate: A Campaign to Increase Climate Education From 2 to 10 Hours Per School Year | Climate Week

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 5:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Join the National Wildlife Federation and New York City high school students for a youth-led conversation about why climate education is a critical, though often overlooked, climate solution and learn about #Teach10Hours4Climate - a new campaign to increase the amount of time that students spend learning about climate change from 2 to 10 hours per school year. Register for the webinar.

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Explore Earth: Getting Started with GLOBE Clouds One-Week Pacing Guides for Educators

Thursday, September 22, 2022 | 5:00 pm ET


Are you interested in working with The GLOBE Program, but not sure where to start? NASA has worked with experienced GLOBE teachers to put together one-week “Pacing Guides.” Each guide provides a five-day sequence of activities that address a guiding question. They are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and incorporate information on how to engage in science observations with GLOBE. Each Pacing Guide also includes an activity from My NASA Data using real satellite data. On this webinar, you will learn more about the “Cloud Types Featuring NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE” Pacing Guide, which targets students in grades 3-8, and the “Clouds and Energy Budget” Pacing Guide, which targets students in grades 6-12. Register for the webinar.

CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING National Curriculum and Training

Thursday, September 22, 2022 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm ET

Green Girls

This workshop will provide an overview of the Green Girls Empowered by ING curriculum, including the format and resources of the lessons and how each one integrates science and STEM, experiential learning, and youth development concepts. Participants will also receive tips on establishing partnerships, peer mentorship, and advocacy tools to help enhance and ensure successful programs. Whether you choose to implement one lesson or all of them, this orientation will help you to fully utilize the concepts and elements targeted to both instructors and students. Learn more about the curriculum. Register for the webinar.

Explore Earth: Ocean Circulation Patterns

Monday, September 26, 2022 |  5:00 pm ET


Join My NASA Data and NASA STEM EPDC for an in depth demonstration of the Ocean Circulation Patterns Story Map. Written using the 5E instructional format it integrates a range of visualizations (i.e., images, charts, and graphs). Students can explore ocean circulation patterns as they relate to the world's ocean garbage patches using NASA ocean currents data, and investigate how debris, especially plastics, travel from land to garbage patches. Students can also analyze regional plastic production and waste management data to describe how humans have contributed to ocean plastic pollution. Register for the webinar.

Upcoming HHMI Biointeractive Webinars: 

Explore Population Dynamics and Invasive Species: 

Register and learn more today!

Thurs. September 22, 7:00–8:30 PM ET & Thurs.,

October 20, 7:00–8:30 PM ET



Making Sense of Ecology Phenomena

Through the Lens of Science Concepts: 

Register and learn more today!

Monday, October 3, 7:00–8:30 PM ET



Teaching Biodiversity Using Earth Science Resources: 

Register and learn more today!

Thursday, October 6, 6:00–7:30 PM ET



Integrating Quantitative Skills in Life Science Courses Using Data Explorer: 

Register and learn more today!

Wednesday, October 12, 7:00–8:30 PM ET; 

Thursday, October 27, 7:00–8:30 PM ET


Webinar: Community Climate Justice Education


In this recording of the the August 2022 Climate Teacher Ed Collaborative webinar, Jason Foster and Ayesha T. Qazi-Lampert discuss the power of teaching about the environment and climate using community-centered racial justice pedagogy. Drawing from their experiences working in the Chicago Public School System, Jason and Ayesha encourage educators to forge connections with each other and with community members. Watch this webinar recording for resources to connect your students with environmental issues happening in their neighborhoods.

Student opportunities

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. 

McMurdo Speaker Series: Antarctica and Space and Lasers - Oh my!


Travel virtually to Antarctica with your students through four live sessions from the 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 including 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 open to the public and will be most interesting for middle school ages and up. Register on the event pages for the link! Co-hosted by CIRES Education & Outreach and Exploring by the Seat of your Pants.

  • October 11 - Introduction to Space Weather
  • October 18 - A Day in the Life at McMurdo
  • November 8 - Seasons in the Arctic
  • November 15 - Introduction too Space Weather with Arunima Prakash

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! 

Environmental Action Civics Fall Support Webinar Series

Earth Force

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 10/4: Student-Led Research & Community
  • Tuesday 11/1: Student-Led Action & Action Stories
  • Tuesday 12/6: Celebration!

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.

Ed Resources

Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation

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NOAA and the Department of the Interior have just launched a new website: Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation (CMRA) to help communities across the nation understand the real-time climate-related hazards in their area, analyze projected long-term exposure to those hazards, and identify federal funds to support climate resilience projects for their communities. Check out the user guide for more information.

How to Make a Hurricane on a Bubble

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How do scientists mimic the physics of a hurricane on the surface of a bubble? What other types of crazy research are bubbles used for? Learn how to create colorful vortices on a bubble in your kitchen!



Fish Force Game: Ruff Ruffman Show

Young learners will use scientific inquiry to predict and investigate forces and motion with Ruff Ruffman! What will it take to help rescue Ruff Ruffman’s plushie from the penguins’ rink? Check out the game.

Identifying Compelling Phenomena for Students that Promote Goals for Equity.


This new professional learning resource will help you brainstorm different classes of compelling science and engineering phenomena that can be used to promote goals for equity. The resource offers four categories of meaningful phenomena:

  1. Everyday phenomena that all students will be familiar with
  2. Contemporary scientific phenomena related to current science investigations
  3. Societally relevant phenomena related to science-technology intersections & social justice
  4. Culturally relevant phenomena 

Twitter: Back-to-School Science Education Thread

To support teachers returning to school, Learning and Partnership Specialist Jeanne Norris created a Twitter thread of eight  strategies she used in her classroom to build a science learning community — such as self-documentation and a survey of attitudes around science.


 Free Back to School Resources for Earth Sciences from PRI!


The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) is a recognized nonprofit that integrates education and research, and interprets the history of multiple Earth systems to increase knowledge, educate society, and encourage wise stewardship of Earth. PRI offers programs and resources on Earth and environmental sciences, including climate change and energy, paleontology and Earth science, evolution and biodiversity, and conservation of natural environments.

Celebrating 90 years, Earth@Home is PRI's free resource to help learn about the Earth and its history; it includes The Teacher-Friendly Guides to Earth Science - seven downloadable guides offering overviews of local and regional Earth science for the United States.

Learn With National Geographic Explorers on a Series of Expeditions in Hawai‘i


This fall, follow along with National Geographic Society/Ocean Exploration Trust expedition teams as they study the biodiversity, marine environment, and maritime heritage of Hawaiʻi from the Exploration Vessel Nautilus. Your learners can participate by learning about the teams’ projects, exploring our educational resources, and tuning in for live events.

Each week, a different team of Explorers aboard the Nautilus will stream live free, interactive sessions focused on marine mammal communication and soundscapes, resident shark populations, microplastic pollution, and maritime heritage. Mark your calendars and register online.


New Film & Discussion Guide: "A Carbon Free Future"


Electricty is integral to modern society however the ways we've been producing it have released heat-trapping gases that have caused Earth's climate to grow warmer at a rate never before seen in human history.

What can we do about it? Join Nobel Prize-winning scientist and former Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, as he shows us how we can address our electricity needs with the wide range of technologies which can lead us to a carbon free future.

View the new film and download the discussion guide today!

Soft Robots: A New Generation of Robots - Inspired by Marine Organisms


Check out the new video from NASA's  Surprisingly STEM series: Soft Robots. Soft robotics is an exciting sub-category of robotics that mimics the mechanics of nature – using soft materials moved by pressure systems. Soft robotics engineer Jim Neilan and mechanical engineering intern Anthony Dempsey explain the benefits of soft robotics and some of the skills that make for a good soft robotics engineer. Bring the excitement of robotics into your classroom with NASA's ‘Design a Robotic Insect’ classroom activity.

Conference Reports

POSea Conference 2022


When: September 29 - October 1, 2022

The organizations 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 co-hosting 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).


NAAEE Annual Conference: Educating for Change

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.


AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant Program 

The American Institute of Aeronautics & Engineering (AIAA) is accepting applications for their Classroom Grant Program. Applications are 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 resources as detailed on the website.

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship 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. 


Presidential Awards for Excellence in STEM Teaching 


The National Science Foundation 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. 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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