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October 12, 2022

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 Book: A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental              Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind
by Harriet A. Washington

When: November 15 at 7:00 PM ET 


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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!

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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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The 2020 U.S. center of population is located in Hartville, Missouri. This location was determined by data collected from the latest U.S. census.

New Podcast - Marking Our Nation's Center of Population

Tune in to the latest episode of the NOAA Ocean Podcast to learn about the center of population, and how capturing snapshots of the U.S. population reveals long term migration patterns and even helps us use maps on our smartphones.

Celebrate NOAA Spooky Science


October is spooky season! Follow along to celebrate all things spooky, odd, and spine-tingling in the ocean and atmosphere with NOAA Spooky Science!

Use this chilling, creepy content in your classrooms and institutions, or with your loved ones at home! You can also learn fascinating facts on social media with #NOAASpookyScience. We're @NOAAeducation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Celebrate National Seafood Month!

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The United States is recognized as a global leader in sustainable seafood for wild-caught and farmed species. Check out National Seafood Month 2022 and savor delicious seafood along the way.

StoryMap: Marine Mammals in the Gulf of Mexico


Marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico are still being impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and other threats. Researchers are  leveraging partnerships and communicating their findings to help each other and the 21 marine mammal species that live in the region. Each study becomes a piece of the increasingly complex puzzle of marine mammal conservation in the Gulf. Read the StoryMap.

With fewer than 50 individuals remaining, the Rice’s whale has the distinction of being one of the world’s rarest whales. Photo courtesy Lance Garrison

noaa webinars
webinar series


NOAA Science Seminar Series

Something for Everyone!

13 October 2022 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Sequential sampling for chemical analysis and how it can fill data gaps
about life history and habitat


River Herring and Blue Catfish Research Conducted
by AFS Potomac Chapter Travel Award Recipients


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

Enhancing Forecast Value with Artificial Intelligence


13 October 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET

An Implementation Plan for Response and Prevention
of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease


18 October 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

The Historic Cemetery Landscape of North Carolina’s coast

Stags of the sea? On the evolution and function of cranial weapons in sculpins


Climate, salmon, and fishing communities:
Collaborative, solutions-oriented science for Alaska


20 October 2022 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

What do giants eat? Using stable isotopes to reveal
the trophic ecology of a kelp forest predator, the giant sea bass

Educator opportunities

No longer is it enough to have content and pedagogical knowledge; teachers must also be guides to take students into a future where most signs indicate it won't be easy, especially as more students experience, first hand, climate related catastrophes. This places whole new demands on teachers and will require adaptive minds and enhanced skills to help build resilience in students. 

Register for the webinar.

Deepen Students' Critical Thinking and Data Literacy Skills

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You're invited to apply to receive professional development, connections, and resources for using arts-based instructional approaches to incorporate geospatial datasets in your classroom to help students deepen understanding of STEM concepts and build critical thinking and data literacy skills.Teacher partners will be expected to co-develop, iteratively test, and engage in reflection about the arts-based techniques over a 2-year partnership with our team.  Teachers will receive up to $4000 for their participation (June 2023 to June 2024) as well as travel stipends to attend workshops each summer (2023 and 2024).

Find more details and the application HERE.   Deadline for applications is October 15th, 2022.

Call for Applications: Help Climate Generation create an elementary climate change resource!

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Climate Generation is offering a $750 stipend for three elementary school level educators to create an elementary climate change lesson plan in collaboration with their staff. 

Educators chosen for the resource development team will receive a $750 stipend and the opportunity to establish long-term relationships with a core group of elementary educators excited about climate change education! Learn more and apply!

Webinar: Explore Earth – Level Up Your Data Tools and Resources With NASA Earth Science Data Systems

Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 5:00 pm ET
Grade Level: 5-8 and 9-12 grades

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NASA distributes over 60 petabytes of free and open Earth science data per year to over 4.7 million people. Finding and using that data can be complicated. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative for a free 60-minute webinar with NASA Earth Science Data Systems Community Coordinator Elizabeth Joyner. Explore resources that help to facilitate the access and use of data for a range of transdisciplinary Earth System Science topics, including wildfires, tropical cyclones, extreme heat, sea level, agriculture, and more. 

Register online to participate.

Stories of the Water Cycle from USGS - Join the Party

Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 6:30 pm ET


The US Geological Survey is releasing a new water cycle diagram that depicts the role of humans and human water use on Earth’s hydrologic cycle. Join the virtual release party to see the new diagram revealed, hear science lightning talks and stories about the water cycle, and for a chance to win a poster of the new diagram.

Visit the USGS Water Science School for educational resources about the water cycle and other water topics (and check back after Oct 13 to download the new diagram!).


Future of Water: Call to Action to Avert Global Climate Crisis

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | 6 - 7:15 pm ET on Zoom

Columbia U

You're invited to join a discussion about the future of water, how to protect this precious resource and how to avert catastrophic flooding and seawater inundation. The Columbia Climate School Founding Dean will moderate a live, virtual discussion with three of Columbia University’s leading researchers in water security and the risk to global water supplies. Bring your questions to this illuminating session. Learn more.

Climate Conversations: Extreme Heat

Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET


Extreme heat is often not taken as seriously as other extreme weather, yet it kills more people in the U.S. than any other weather-related disaster. Learn how government and community leaders throughout the country are developing approaches to reduce the risks people face from increasing extreme heat. Brought to you by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The conversation will be webcast on the Climate Conversations: Extreme Heat webpage.  Closed captioning will be provided, questions from the audience will be taken, and a recording will be available for later viewing.

Learn more and register now.

Explore Population Dynamics and Invasive Species with BioInteractive

Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm ET


Help students learn about population dynamics by studying the recent growth of the invasive lionfish population in the western Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.. Explore the impacts of invasive species on ecosystems and use case studies drawn from primary sources. By the end of the workshop, participants will be prepared to help students engage in mathematical modeling and data analysis as they use this resource. Register today!

Building Post-Hurricane Resilience from the Ground Up: Grassroots Organizing as Climate Change Adaptation

Monday, October 24, 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET


Learn how community organizing is used as a climate change adaptation strategy by communities of color to meet their needs in post-hurricane landscapes. Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, two history-making hurricanes, touched down on the east coast in 2016 and 2018. Through in-depth focus on a case with Black and Indigenous groups, the importance of community organizing will be highlighted to address environmental inequities in marginalized communities, and to find solutions to the problems caused by climate change.

Launch the webinar on Zoom at the scheduled time.

Deep Dive Series – Solutions Journalism: News to Action

Thursday, Octber 27, 2022 | 4:00 pm ET

Deep Dive

Meet Em and Kevin Barrett, co-founders of The Inspirer, in the kickoff Deep Dive Series webinar of the 2023 Ocean Awareness Contest. Em and Kevin struggled to find hopeful stories in a sea of sensationalized doom and gloom. After thinking, “there must be somebody out there, somewhere, who is doing something constructive,” they co-founded The Inspirer, a site highlighting evidence-based solutions to the problems on the news. Register for the webinar.

Webinar: Environmental Action Civics Support Series


Digging into environmental action civics? Join Earth Force this fall for a series of support sessions, each focusing on a different topic. 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 both!

  • Tuesday 11/1: Student-Led Action & Action Stories
  • Tuesday 12/6: Celebration!
Student opportunities

COLUMBIA University presents - Climate LIVE K12! Featuring live lectures and interactive activities with scientists and experts for K-12 students, educators, and families! Check out their line-up of fall 2022 sessions (free but registration is required!) as well as their rich archive of past sessions.

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 happens this week and features 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\ supporting ongoing research! 

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


Travel virtually to Antarctica with your students through three 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 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 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 the webinars.

National Geographic’s Explorer Classroom's Fall Return!


Join Explorer Classroom — live interactive sessions that connect 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 students and educators to help everyone get the most out of the experience.

Check out the Events Schedule: Events for ages 4-8 are Mondays at 11am ET, events for ages 9-14 are Thursdays at 10am & 2pm ET, with special events added on a rolling basis.

Climate Superstars! Sign up and Participate


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. During the challenge, 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 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. Register now!

Pollution Prevention: A Storytelling Challenge for Students

Webinar: October 26, 2022 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Entries due: February 17, 2023


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of the “Pollution Prevention Works: A Storytelling Challenge for Students”. EPA will award a total of $50,000 in prize money through the video challenge. High school and college students are invited to create stories illustrating how businesses in the U.S. are reducing toxic chemical releases through innovative pollution prevention practices, and by having a positive impact on the environment and communities. Participants have a chance to win up to $5,000. Join the upcoming webinar to learn more 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.

Population Education’s World of 8 Billion Video Contest


Population Education’s World of 8 Billion student video contest challenges students to create a short video connecting world population growth to one of three global topics: Climate Change, Waste, and Gender Equality. Videos should include content on how population growth affects the selected topic and why it’s important, along with at least one sustainable solution. More than 80 cash prizes of up to $1,200 will be awarded, and participating teachers will receive free curriculum resources that support the NGSS. Sign up for the challenge. Deadline: February 22, 2023

Ed Resources

Working Together to Enhance Aquaculture Literacy


NOAA Fisheries, the National Sea Grant Office, and the NOAA Office of Education have partnered on a new aquaculture literacy webpage to enhance public understanding of aquaculture. Aquaculture literacy refers to an individual or a community’s familiarity with aquaculture and related environmental, economic, and social topics. Visit the new page to find teaching tools, articles, and other information about NOAA's aquaculture literacy efforts! 

An oyster farmer heads back to their farm after dropping off fresh oysters at a tour boat on the Damariscotta River in Maine. (LaDon Swann, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium)


NEEF Learning Expedition Toolkit

This guide is geared towards students and designed to assist in planning and completing a successful learning expedition. This toolkit, available as a downloadable pdf in English and Spanish, includes a framework for completing place-based projects.

Indigenous STEAM Water Arc


Indigenous STEAM Learning Activities are designed to be used in any location to explore relations with water, food, and plant and bird relatives. The Water Arc Activities lead the learner in using Indigenous observation to consider the roles water holds and include stories, walking, mapping, listening, story drawing, and macro-invertebrate sampling.

Teaching Climate Science Using a Local Phenomenon: Harmful Algal Blooms

This module from Tools for Ambitious Science Teaching is written as four individual lessons for grades 6-8. Students grow an algal bloom, examine plankton under a microscope, and evaluate the impact of climate change on algal blooms.

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Climate Change and Human Health Lesson Plans​


These climate and health learning modules are designed for students to explore the health impacts of climate change in the United States and globally. Materials are suitable to teach high school courses on Earth, life, and environmental sciences; history; geography; health care; or social studies. The lesson plans challenge students to consider the complex interactions between environmental health and human health, and to design interventions to enhance climate resilience. Some lessons are also available in Spanish.

Delaware Sea Grant Lesson Plans


Delaware Sea Grant’s collection of education resources include lesson plans for four activities relating to wind energy, zooplankton, sea breeze research, and ocean heat capacity. The lesson plans include activities for students in grades 3-12 and were created in collaboration with the University of Delaware.

Latinx Contributions to the National Parks


Check out these resources from PBSMedia about two influential Latinx contributors to the National Parks: including a pioneer of efforts to preserve animals in their natural state in the national parks, and one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who worked as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. 

Outside for 5 with NAAEE


Studies show that spending even short amounts of time outside can reduce anxiety and improve mental health. The North American Association for Environmental Education is challenging classrooms to get outside for five minutes every day to support students'  - and educator's retention and social-emotional wellness. Take the pledge and find inspiration to help you get the most out of your five minutes of outdoor learning.

X-STEM All Access Videos for Middle & High School 


Presented by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, and Discovery Channel, X-STEM All Access is a free virtual conference series by the USA Science & Engineering Festival organizers for middle and high schoolers. It is designed to get students excited about STEM.  Each 30-minute episode will feature a STEM role model telling their story through an upbeat Q&A session with a fellow STEM professional. Check out the NGSS and CASEL aligned lesson plans paired with previous X-STEM All Access episodes. Register for upcoming webinars on October 19, November 9, and December 14.

Why Do We Have Different Seasons? - Grades 6-12


Have you ever asked your students why we have different seasons? Engage your learners with this video where they can watch as the Earth orbits the Sun, rotating like a slightly tilted, spinning top. This rotation is what changes the angle at which sunlight hits the surface of our planet and creates the different seasons.

Make a STEM Connection: Autumnal Equinox


In meteorology, Sept. 1 is considered the first day of the fall season. But September 22’s autumnal equinox officially marked the start of astronomical fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Make a classroom connection to this special spot in Earth's yearly trip around the Sun with these STEM resources.

Project WET Clean and Conserve Online Training


Project WET Foundation and Ecolab’s Clean and Conserve Education Program include an activity guide for educators containing five water conservation and hygiene lessons. Each activity has its own short, online training freely available to educators.

Conference Reports

Eight Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Girls & Women in STEM


Women remain underrepresented in most science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields at all levels of education and occupations. To address these gaps, the NSF INCLUDES Network issued a research brief, Evidenced-based Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Girls and Women in STEM, that includes evidence-based strategies for attracting and retaining girls and women in STEM.

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.



2023 Budding Botanist Grant

       Deadline: October 14, 2022

The Budding Botanist Grant will help students learn about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity. Twenty high-needs schools across the United States will be awarded $1,000 to support youth garden programs.

Whole Kids Foundation Bee Grants

      Deadline: October 15, 2022

Bee Grants support educational beehives and bee programming at schools and nonprofit organizations so students can learn about the important role of pollinators. New applicants are invited to apply for the Traditional Bee Grant which either awards $1,500 monetary grants or equipment grants.

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program



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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