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November 8, 2022

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NOAA Planet Stewards is excited to continue our Book Club during the 2022-2023 school year!

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 

Find all upcoming meeting dates and book selections for this year in the Book Club Section of our Upcoming Events Page, along with new information on how to log in now that we're holding them in Google Meet - another flavor of Zoom. Don't forget, you can find over 50 fiction, non-fiction, and Young Adult selections from past Book Clubs - with discussion questions, on our Book Club Archive Page.

 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!

Hot Off The Presses! Be Inspired by NOAA Planet Stewards Educator’s Projects


The National Earth Science Educators Association’s latest edition of The Earth Scientist is out! This issue features six articles written by NOAA Planet Stewards Educators about the projects they carried out within their schools and communities including:

Restoring prairie grasslands in Ohio, and watershed ecosystems in Illinois,

Sequestering carbon by planting Ponderosa Pine forests in Arizona, and large-scale school gardens in New York.

Participating in Marine debris removal, awareness and prevention in Alaska and California.

All the educator’s projects are aligned to the NGSS and their articles have links to activities and lessons they carried out. We hope you’ll enjoy this issue and be inspired to take action in your communities.

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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 Scientists and partners from the Chumash tribe collaborated on passive acoustic monitoring, a powerful tool allowing them to hear sounds of the sea, and producing large datasets about ecosystems difficult to observe. NOAA scientists found that learning from Chumash tribal history greatly enlightened their work, contributing traditional knowledge that comes from centuries of intertwining life with the sea and transcending anything a microphone can record.

NOAA Ocean Podcast: Recording Oral Histories


The NOAA Voices Oral History Archive is a collection of more than 2300 oral histories. In this episode, explore how this valuable resource helps us better understand the impact of weather events, coastal changes, and climate change. Listen to the podcast.

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webinar series

NOAA Science Seminar Series

Something for Everyone!

9 November 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

ABT Lightning Talks: Zooplankton, Fish Larvae and
Saildrone Wave Measurements


10 November 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET

 NOAA CoastWatch: Chlorophyll in the Chesapeake Bay,
Communications Best Practices


16 November 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

Bering sea temperature variabilities and effects to consider


17 November 2022 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

An assessment of marine, estuarine, and riverine habitat vulnerability
to climate change in the Northeast U.S.


17 November 2022 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Reconstruction of carbon and nitrogen stable isotope in baleen whale earplugs


17 November 2022 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Taking a Deeper Dive into Creating Effective Marine Education Materials


17 November 2022 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Risk Communication to Advance Equity: Research Findings, Best Practices,
and Lessons Learned

Educator opportunities

Celebrate the intricate link between trees and climate by taking part in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s 2022 Trees Challenge.

Between Oct. 11 and Nov. 11, citizen scientists worldwide are invited to submit tree height observations and tree circumference measurements. Your participation will help researchers estimate the number of trees in your area and contribute meaningful data to climate science research.

Don’t Miss Out on the American Meteorological Society's

No-Cost Spring 2023 Teacher Professional Development!

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Deadline for spring semester: January 6, 2023

To help teachers seeking Earth science professional development, the American Meteorological Society is waiving all course fees for the first 35 participants that are successfully matched to a mentor team for each of the three online Spring 2023 DataStreme courses in weather, ocean, and climate science.

Participants earn three accredited graduate credits per course. Don’t wait! - DataStreme Courses are going on hiatus during the 2023-2024 academic year, but will return in Fall 2024.

Nearly 23,000 teachers have completed a DataStreme course, helping them leverage real time data in their classrooms, advance their careers, inspire their students, and become science leaders in their schools and communities. 

Fill out the DataStreme Interest Form now to get matched with a mentor for this spring semester.

Completion of any two courses offered by AMS Education fulfills the requirements to become a Certified AMS Teacher! Learn more about this exciting microcredential

Data Discussion Webinar: Saltwater Intrusion on Coastal Farmlands of Delmarva

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm ET

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Farm fields in coastal areas of the Delmarva Peninsula are being increasingly inundated with saltwater due to climate change-induced sea level rise. This leads to lower crop yields and reduced crop-income for farmers. Scientists at the University of Delaware are using innovative techniques to better understand the impact of salt water intrusion on agriculture. This webinar will cover how researchers are using images from satellites, drones and airplanes to detect salt patches on the farm fields of Delmarva. It will include an introduction to the problem, how satellite data can help track salt water intrusion, and how you can access this data in your classroom.

Register here.

Upcoming Webinar from CLEAN!


November 8, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET
“Beyond Doom & Gloom: How to Teach Climate Change Towards Empowerment”

Hear from youth about how they are handling climate change doom and gloom and its challenge to their mental health. you'll will walk away with a variety of strategies and activities to integrate the challenging topic into your curriculum as you engage with today’s youth.
Register and learn more details.

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


Travel virtually to Antarctica with your students through live sessions from the McMurdo research station in the heart of Antarctica facilitated by Dr. Xinzhao Chu and her graduate students. Students will learn about topics related to polar science including the upper atmosphere, space weather, seasons in Antarctica, and what it's like to live at the McMurdo station. Students can also 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.

  • November 8 - Seasons in the Arctic
  • November 15 - Introduction too Space Weather with Arunima Prakash

Register for one or all the webinars.

Met the Experts: Predicting Weather for Renewable Energy

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, Two Sessions:

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm ET and 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm ET.


As countries around the world transition their power grids from fossil fuels to renewable energy, a major challenge being faced is the effect daily weather has on wind and solar energy production. This month meet Branko Kosovic, a National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) weather systems scientist in the NCAR Research Applications Lab, and discover how his team works together to help the transition to renewable energy by developing and sharing better weather forecasts and technology. 

Questions can be submitted in advance if you have students who cannot attend the session live; the recording will be available shortly after. More details and Zoom registration can be found on the Meet the Experts page.

Teach Climate Network Workshop:
Conference of the Parties—What the heck is that?

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 4:00 pm ET

Join Climate Generation to learn about COP27 (United Nations Conference of the Parties) taking place in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt from November 6th–18th. Discover the importance of policy and collaboration in finding climate change solutions, and see the power of education in action. Connect your students with the climate change solutions developed at this year's U.N. Climate Change Conference. Educators will leave with best practices and strategies for effectively using Climate Generation’s COP27 Educator’s Toolkit. Register today. Download materials and learn more  from the IPCC Outreach & Events website.


Science in the Pub: US Billion-Dollar Disasters

Next event (virtual and onsite): Thursday, November 10, 2022 @ 7:00 pm EST

Bimonthly (second and fourth Thursday of each month)

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Join The Paleontological Research Institution for Science in the Pub, their bimonthly (second and fourth Thursday of each month) presentation and discussion series. 

Adam Smith, an applied climatologist at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information in the Climate Science and Services Division, will host the event. He is the lead scientist for the U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters program,  which includes socioeconomic exposure and vulnerability data.

Sessions are generally live streamed on PRI’s YouTube Channel and shared in the Science in the Virtual Pub Facebook Group, but participation in the discussion requires joining Zoom to participate.


Special Webinar! Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences Scholar in Ocean Residency, Nainoa Thompson

November 16, 2022 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM ET


Nainoa is a native Hawaiian navigator and president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. He is known around the world as a leader in the traditional Polynesian art of non-instrumented navigation and for his canoe voyages throughout the global ocean guided only by stars, waves, winds, and marine life,  and has received numerous awards. 

On his many long voyages, Nainoa came to appreciate the Hawaiian concept of "Mālama" - care-taking - from a planetary perspective. He will share that perspective while inspiring and educating us all to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world with a melding of science and indigenous wisdom.

Register for this virtual lecture today!

Webinar: Evaluating Lessons Using NSTA Sensemaking Tool

November 17 at 4:00 pm ET


The NSTA Single-Point Rubric for Sensemaking Lessons (aka the Sensemaking Tool), is designed to help educators be critical consumers of curricular materials and create or revise science lessons to reflect the instructional shifts (sensemaking) required by the NGSS and three-dimensional state standards. In this webinar you’ll become familiar with the Tool and learn how it can be optimally used.  Register here.

You can view archived videos of previous webinars on the AGI YouTube Channel.

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.

November 2022 Conservation Café (virtual):
What is Land Acknowledgment Really All About?


Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 7:00–8:30 pm ET

Join Rico Newman, Elder of the Choptico Band of Piscataway Conoy, as he acknowledges and thanks the land for its blessings and then teaches about what a land acknowledgment is, who “should” do it, why and how to do it, what it means to do a land acknowledgment well, and what not to do. This talk is geared at a non-Native audience but those with experience and expertise are welcome to contribute their own perspectives as well. Register today!

DOSITS 20th anniversary webinar: Underwater acoustics, current knowledge and future directions

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 12:00 pm ET

Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS) Team presents a webinar in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the DOSITS project. Presenters will discuss the current state of underwater acoustics, knowledge and future research on the characterization of the underwater acoustic environment, and the acoustics of marine mammals, fishes and invertebrates.

The webinar will be hosted via Zoom and simultaneously streamed on YouTube. Questions during the webinar will be welcomed. A recording will be available to watch on the DOSITS website after the live event.

Registration is required.

STEMIE Fest 2022

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Thursday, December 8, 2022 | Half-Day Virtual Event

STEMIE Fest is a gathering of families, early childhood and early childhood special education professionals, faculty, and others, to engage in innovative and inclusive STEM learning experiences for all young children. This year’s event will be a half-day virtual event followed by a series of targeted professional development opportunities in 2023.  

Registration is now open!

Student opportunities

The Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest! 

Open through December 16, 2022


Get your art supplies ready, because this year’s NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest that answers the questions:

  • How does marine debris impact the oceans and Great Lakes?
  •  What are you doing to help prevent marine debris?

Contest winners will be featured in a 2024 calendar! Visit the NOAA Marine Debris Program website to check out last year's winners and download the contest entry form and flyer.

Art x Climate - Youth Call; Deadline January 27, 2023


You can help others understand climate change and inspire people to take action through art. Youth ages 13-17 are invited to submit artwork related to the topic of climate, people, and nature. Winning artists will be featured in the chapters of the Fifth National Climate Assessment, which is seen by hundreds of thousands of people across the country and around the world. Learn more!

Pollution Prevention: A Storytelling Challenge for Students

Entries due: February 17, 2023


The U.S. 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 this 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. 

The 2022 Changemaker Video Challenge is Now OPEN!

Entries due: January 23, 2023


Do you know any teens who are frustrated with the world and want to do something about it?! Encourage them to submit a video on one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlighting their views and how they want to see things change! Teens simply create a short two-minute video showcasing their idea!10 winners will be selected to receive up to $500 to implement their vision.

---> Learn more about the SDGs here!

---> Review the judging rubric and submit a video here!

Population Education’s World of 8 Billion Video Contest

Entries due: February 22, 2023


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. Sign up for the challenge.

National Geographic's Slingshot Challenge

Entries Due: February 23, 2022


The Slingshot Challenge, is a global video challenge designed to amplify the voices and ideas of the next generation of planet protectors. 

Participants will be asked to create a one-minute video outlining an innovative solution to a current environmental issue that they’re passionate about. Winning videos will be selected by a panel of judges to receive cash prizes, as well as an invitation to the iconic National Geographic Explorers Festival in Washington, D.C.

Students ages 13-18 and educators looking for ways to engage young people around environmental action are encouraged to sign up. Participation is free!

Ed Resources

Celebrate National STEM/STEAM Day - Today! November 8th! with Environmental Education.

Check out National Environmental Education Foundation’s roundup of 15 lesson plans and environmental education activities to help educators and students celebrate National STEM/STEAM Day on Tuesday, November 8.

NOAA's National Weather Service: Weather 101

Offered November 3 through December 14, 2022

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NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) is offering a Weather 101 series! These are free interactive online classes to help everyone learn about meteorology, forecasting and all about NWS in general. New for this fall is Global Circulations (including El Nino and La Nina).  For more information on topics, dates/times and registration visit NWS' Weather Forecast Office in Nashville, TN Weather 101 landing page.

Now Available: Trash Shouldn't Splash Toolkit


The Trash Shouldn't Splash Toolkit, created by Falmouth Water Stewards/Skip the Straw and Sea Education Association with funding provided by the NOAA Marine Debris Program, provides strategies, best practices, and examples of successful, student-driven campaigns to reduce single-use plastics in communities, and includes worthwhile and time-saving information for use.

Teaching Climate: Great Energy Debate


This is a debate-style learning activity in which student teams learn about energy sources and are then assigned to represent the different energy sources. Working cooperatively, students develop arguments on the pros and cons of their source over the others. 

Find it here  

X-STEM All Access Videos for Middle & High School 


X-STEM All Access is a free virtual conference series by the USA Science & Engineering Festival designed to get middle and high schoolers excited about STEM. Each 30-minute episode features 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 November 9 and December 14.

Empowering Youth with Science


Who wouldn’t want to be a part of the “World’s Largest Lesson?” This resource provides educators with tools and resources for introducing the UN Sustainable Development Goals to students of all ages. Find it here: The World’s Largest Lesson

Climate Action Superheroes! is great for younger students looking for a role in the fight against climate change. Transform your students into climate action superheroes as they explore the ways their interests and motivations can guide them to make more sustainable decisions.

STEAM Daydream Podcast for Grades 1st - 5th


The National Children's Museum launched a second season of the children's podcast STEAM Daydream with National Children's Museum. Each of the season's eight episodes is led by a young innovator, who - with the help of content experts from across the country - solves an everyday STEAM mystery aligned to science standards and classroom content. Developed by museum educators, each 20-minute episode empowers young listeners to ask big questions about important STEAM topics and fosters young learners' curiosities about the world around them.

Foster Scholarship

Funding for Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program Open Now

Application Deadline: December 22, 2022

Informational Webinar: November 16, 2022 at: 5:00 pm ET 

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is seeking applications for the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program from individuals, particularly women and minorities, who due to financial constraints, may not otherwise be able to pursue an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology - these may include, but are not limited to ocean and/or coastal: engineering, social science, marine education, marine stewardship, cultural anthropology, and resource management disciplines.

Register for an informational webinar about the FY 2023 NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program funding announcement on November 16, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET. 

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program


Application Deadline: December 17, 2022

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 see examples of the work of past Fellows. 


Presidential Awards for Excellence in STEM Teaching 

Nominations close on January 9, 2023.

Applications must be completed by February 6, 2023.


The National Science Foundation administers Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), were 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.

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Building Bridges, Not Walls: Exploring the Environmental Education Ecosystem

In this article, the authors explore the following concepts in depth:

  • Environmental education and what it is
  • Foundational aspects of environmental education
  • Environmental education as a tapestry
  • Approaches for strengthening our collaborative work
  • Looking to the future: How might we build ‘better’ bridges?

Education/Equity Bytes

Science Bytes: Climate

Science Bytes: Ocean, Coastal Weather, Sea Ice, Ocean Life, Water

Science Bytes: Weather Extremes & Other Environmental News of Note

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