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News you can use from NOAA Planet Stewards 

September 27, 2023

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 Get Ready for NOAA Planet Stewards October Book Club Meeting!

Meeting Date & Time: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 8:00 PM ET


Our September meeting discussion of the film Don’t Look Up was a blast. If you missed it you can still watch the movie on Netflix and check out the discussion questions on our Book Club Archive page

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 10 at 8:00 PM ET when we’ll talk about Diary of a Young Naturalist

A complete description of the book, meeting discussion questions, login information, and all the dates and selections for the entire 2023-2024 academic year are posted on our website. Check it out!

And remember...

  • For details on all our meeting dates, times, selections, and how to log in, go to our Upcoming Events Page.
  • Make sure you receive reminder announcements! Sign up to our mailing list.
  • See previously selected books and discussion questions in our Book Club Archive.

Stewardship Inspiration: Advocates for Change


Get inspired to make a difference! Read how NOAA Planet Steward Amy Duram Shea, Curator of Education Programs at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne Florida, worked with middle and high school students to raise their awareness about marine debris and single use plastics, gave them a platform to educate others about its causes and impacts, and reduce its presence in the community. Her work shows the impact that youth can have in addressing environmental issues through stewardship action, and by using their unique perspective to educate and inspire others to take action in their local community.

Read about her stewardship project here.

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NOAA Live! Alaska is a series of interactive webinars, aimed at students in grades 2-8 (but of interest to all ages), --featuring NOAA scientists, educators and partners -- to explore NOAA’s work in Alaska. Join us to ask questions and learn more about weather, oceanography, marine life, fisheries and more in Alaska!

What: NOAA Live! Alaska: Exploring the Unknown Deep Waters of Alaska

When: Thursday, September 28 at 1:00 pm AKT

The upcoming NOAA Live! Alaska brings us to the Aleutians Islands and Gulf of Alaska. Through cutting edge technology by NOAA Ocean Exploration, experience some of the beautiful and fascinating biology and geology there. Learn how and why NOAA explores and to see what amazing finds are encountered on Alaska expeditions.

Register here.                           


Coming in October...

What: Taking the pulse of the Planet - Measuring the Atmosphere at the Top of the World

When: Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 1 pm AKT / 5:00 pm ET

Over the last 50 years in the Arctic, outside the City of Utqiaġvik near Point Barrow, NOAA has watched as the amount of greenhouse gases has been growing, the amount of ozone-depleting chemicals has been shrinking, and snow cover and energy available in the atmosphere have changed seasonally. Joint NOAA as they measure the atmosphere at the top of the world!

Register here.

and...  View recordings of all of our previous NOAA Live! Alaska events!


NOAA Science Update: The Science of Oil Spill Response and Cleanup


Thursday, September 28, 2023, 7-8 PM ET

Major oil spills are rare, but thousands of spills occur each year, harming people and the environment and causing substantial disruption of marine transportation and potential widespread economic impacts.

Hear about improvements in prevention, response to recent incidents, research on the detection and surveillance of spills at sea, cleanup alternatives, and the effects on natural resources.

Register here.

NOAA Needs to Hear From You!

Public Listening Sessions: October 4 and October 18, 2023; 3:30 PM ET


NOAA wants your feedback on our Equitable Delivery of Climate Services, so we can better our delivery of climate data, information, science, and tools (AKA “climate services”) and ensure that this delivery is equitable and accounting for the needs and priorities of diverse user communities, especially historically underserved communities — including Tribal and Indigenous communities – as they engage in climate preparedness, adaptation, and resilience planning. This process builds on NOAA’s Climate Equity Roundtables and Pilot Projects, so we can create a Climate Ready Nation. Comments will now be accepted by email at or at public listening session until October 21st, 2023

Read more about the RFI

New at NOAA Scijinks!

Autumn is blowing in! If you and/or your students love seasonal changes, testing your weather knowledge, and gearing up for fall, check out the SciJinks resources linked below:

Spread the word! Do you know someone who might like to learn more about weather?Make sure they know all about NOAA SciJinks!



Sanctuaries 360: Explore the Blue

From the thriving kelp forests of Channel Islands to the treasured coral reefs of the Florida Keys, few places on the planet can compete with the wonders of the National Marine Sanctuary System that protects a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 620,000 square miles. Come along as we experience these underwater treasures through virtual reality. Explore these sites here.

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NOAA Science Seminar Series - 
Something for Everyone!

See All of NOAA Science Seminar Series here

3 October 2023 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Space Weather Effects on Technology NOAA Environmental Data Talks (NEDTalks)


6 October, 2023 | 1:00 PM ET

NOAA Extreme Temperatures 


10 October 2023 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Revealing the Ocean Deep: Next-Generation Sensing Technologies
for Marine and Planetary Science


18 October 2023| 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET

Unique Ways to Connect Kids and Teens to the Ocean

and Engage Them as Science Communicators

Educator opportunities


Join the Paleontological Research Institution for Science in the Pub, a twice monthly program where you can grab a drink and engage in some friendly science! Most sessions are fully virtual. Some special events will be hybrid, live-streamed from different locations, and broadcast on Zoom with links to join sent upon registration. 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 the Zoom meeting.

Upcoming events:

September 28 | 7:00 pm ET

 Science education professors discuss how future teachers

are and should be prepared to teach about climate change.


October 12 | 7:00 pm ET

Fear is our Best Hope: Moving from climate anxiety to climate action with Don Haas


October 26 | 7:00 pm ET

Optical Gas Imaging and Advocacy

with Patricia Rodríguez, International OGI Analyst and Advocate 

to stop the harm from the oil and gas industry at an international setting



Are Front Range Winds Changing? Teacher workshop on the Shifting Winds Classroom Curriculum

October 5, 2023 1:30-3:00 pm ET


Join CIRES for an online workshop designed specifically for educators! This workshop will introduce you to the Shifting Winds curriculum and provide you with resources to enhance your teaching of weather, wind, and local phenomenon. Explore the impacts of damaging winds on our communities and gain practical knowledge to engage your students with data. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with fellow educators and expand your teaching toolkit.

Register here.

How to Talk to Gen Zers about Climate Emotions

October 10, 2023 | 8:00 PM ET


Join this one hour introduction to new resources from the Climate Mental Health Network about how to talk to Gen Zers about climate emotions. Learn from experts and Gen Zers about how to have meaningful conversations about the climate crisis, ways to practice self care and foster emotional wellbeing and to take meaningful action. The webinar will be recorded for those who cannot join live.

Register here.

Webinar: Photogrammetry: Introduction and Applications in Geoscience and Geoscience Education      

Oct 11, 2023 | 1pm ET

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Three-dimensional models can be used to inspect samples, such as rocks or corals, and model environmental changes over time. Learn about photogrammetry, a method for creating 3D models, and its many applications in geoscience education and research.   
Register today!

SOS Explorer with VTS - Art, Visualization, & NOAA Data

October 18, 2023 | 6pm ET


Join Hilary Peddicord, Education Lead of the Science On a Sphere project, in a fun and interactive workshop featuring SOS Explorer - a NOAA mobile application - and Visual Thinking Strategies - an arts based observation method - to move the needle on data literacy in your classroom. In addition, Hilary is building up a network to offer a paid teacher lesson plan 'hackathon' where you can provide your professional insights on lesson-planning with SOS Explorer as well as feedback on SOS' new upcoming application designs.

Register here.

Virtual Teacher Workshop: Resilient Colorado

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Secondary Earth and environmental science, civics, and social studies teachers are invited to learn a new place-based, NGSS-aligned science curriculum on natural hazards. The unit includes a lesson on natural hazards (wildfire, flood, or drought) that uses current Colorado case studies and local datasets, a scenario-based role-play game, and a project-based learning unit for students to take action to make their community more resilient. Instructional strategies include community-engaged learning, gamification, and design thinking. The course will be held with several virtual class meetings to discuss course material, scheduled based on your availability. Upon completion, attendees will receive 2 continuing education credits through Western Colorado University. Registration costs are free for Colorado educators.

Register here.

Student opportunities

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest is Back!

Apply by October 27, 2023 


The 14th annual contest is now open!. Public school teachers in grades 6-12 can apply now to submit their students’ projects to the 2023-2024 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, for a chance at winning their school $100,000 in Samsung tech products and classroom materials. Three National Winner schools receive a $100K prize package including Samsung products and classroom resources. 10 schools will be named National Finalists and chosen to receive a $50K prize package including Samsung products and classroom resources. 50 schools will be named State Winner and will receive a $12,000 prize package including Samsung products and classroom resources, plus the opportunity to work with a Samsung employee mentor!

Apply here.

Little Pictures of Climate Competition 2023

Join The European Space Agency (ESA) and help transform decades of satellite climate data to compelling, impactful "Little Pictures" that spark awareness and drive action.

submit your own data-driven Little Picture and get the chance to display it at the UN COP28 climate conference.You’ll also be invited to an "expenses paid" VIP tour of the ESA data-visualization suite at our ESRIN Facility, Frascati, Italy.

Submit your Little Picture!


The 2024 National Geographic Society Slingshot Challenge

Deadline: February 1, 2024


The Slingshot Challenge empowers your students to be change-makers and find solutions to the world’s top environmental issues. 13-18 year-olds are challenged to create a one-minute video with their solution to our current environmental problems. By joining the challenge you'll receive educator resources, opportunities to meet with National Geographic Explorers, and regular updates to help your students submit their one-minute video. 

Climate Story to Share? Student Ocean Awareness Contest

Deadline: June 10, 2024


For the 13th annual Ocean Awareness Contest: Tell Your Climate Story, become a climate witness, and share your unique climate experience.

Think about climate issues and solutions and consider how they have affected you or your community. Find something that resonates deeply with your experiences – perhaps a climate impact you witnessed, an initiative that you’ve participated in, or a source of strength and inspiration when thinking about the climate crisis. Share your personal climate story through art, writing, performance, film, or multimedia. What is the story that you’d like to tell?

Contest Details:

Explore the Submission Requirements to learn more about the Categories

Ed Resources

Future City Competition

Climate Emotions Wheel + Activity Sheet


The Climate Mental Health Network created a Climate Emotions Wheel and activity sheet in English and Spanish. It's for youth and adults and the worksheet can be done in classrooms.

Emotion wheels have been a visual tool used by psychologists for decades to help people better understand and interpret their own feelings. This Climate Emotions Wheel is based on the research of Panu Pihkala at the University of Helsinki and particularly his 2022 paper Toward A Taxonomy of Climate Emotions. Learn more here.

Download the Emotions Wheel in English

Download the Emotions Wheel in Spanish

Make a Crafty Connection to Earth Science

Earth-observing satellites like NOAA and NASA’s Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) help scientists measure land surface temperature, soil moisture, and precipitation. Bring the excitement of these Earth science observations into your K-12 classroom with these crafty, hands-on activities.


Interpreting Data to Support a Sustainable Ecosystem | Let’s Go Enviro


Certain features of an ecosystem that can be indicators of the chemical balance in that environment. Learn the difference between pollution-tolerant and pollution-intolerant organisms as well as the tests to administer when determining the health of an ecosystem. Learn more!

The Science of Grasses -- It's not just plant physiology!


Earth@Home's Evolution pages are under active development, and Grasses, the first major section, is now complete! These  pages are extensive, beautiful, and engaging. Explore the sections of Grasses on Earth@Home here.

Our ecosystems, our societies, and our very lives depend on grasses in a wide range of ways. No matter where we are, grasses have profound influences on our lives and on our environment. Learn more about grasses here.

Science Satellite Stories About Animal Tracking: Follow Me!


This comic book was developed at the UCAR Center for Science Education as an outreach effort of Argos, a system of instruments aboard satellites used to track tagged animals around the world and help understand other aspects of our planet..

Read the comic book to find out where young sea turtles go, how an arctic fox walked from Norway to Canada, what parts of the ocean have the most blue whales, what pronghorn avoid when they migrate, and how albatross help catch illegal fishing boats.

Available in English, Spanish and French! Read and download them all here!

Elementary GLOBE Story Books


Elementary GLOBE was developed at the UCAR Center for Science Education. Aimed at the K-4 audience, there are seven fictional story books that explore an aspect of the environment. Each Elementary GLOBE learning module includes a fictional storybook that profiles how the GLOBE Kids (Simon, Anita, and Dennis) explore an aspect of the environment and hands-on classroom activities and coloring pages that allow students to explore for themselves.

Check out all the Elementary GLOBE story books and activities here!

Go Wild with Wild Hope


hhmi Biointeractive recently launched an amazing new series of films for use in classrooms and with communities — Wild Hope! This eight-episode video series highlights intrepid changemakers who are restoring wild places and sparking new hope for the future of the planet. The Wild Hope series flips the environmental doom and gloom narrative on its head with stories of bold interventions, unexpected alliances, and nature’s resilience.

Explore the many video episodes here.


Next, bring some hope into your classroom with hhmi Biointeractive’s new “Designing Solutions to Preserve Biodiversity” Activity This collaborative activity has students analyze a case study about the endangered Hawaiian monk seal using the HIPPO framework that unpacks five key aspects of biodiversity loss  (habitat loss, invasive species, pollution, population growth, and overharvesting). Students then design solutions that consider collaborators and potential constraints.

Check it out today!


Climate Change in the American Mind: Climate Justice

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This report focuses on public perceptions and attitudes toward the topic of climate justice - or the ways that climate change disproportionately harms people who are already more vulnerable to its impacts. The goals of climate justice include reducing the unequal harms of climate change, providing equitable benefits from climate solutions, and involving affected communities in decision-making.

It is hoped that this report can help the climate justice community — including organizers, activists, scholars, and policymakers, among others —better understand the public’s views of climate justice in the United States and identify opportunities and challenges for future engagement on these issues.

This report was jointly produced by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication.

Access the report here.

MACAN Workforce Development of Underrepresented Minority Groups Fellowship

Deadline to Apply: October 1, 2023


MACAN (the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network) is a virtual network of researchers, educators, decision-makers, industry representatives, policy experts, and federal, state, local, and tribal leaders whose mission is to advance knowledge and understanding of the effects of coastal and ocean acidification (COA) and promote regional collaboration to advance this knowledge. This fellowship is designed to introduce students from under-represented minority groups to the field of Coastal and Ocean Acidification, including, but not limited to, aspects of scientific research, policy, industry, education, and/or outreach.

For more information and to apply. click here.

Toshiba America Foundation Education Grants

Application deadlines: October 1, 2023, Elementary Teachers K-5
                                       November 1, 2023, Middle and High School Teachers

The Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) awards grants fund the projects ideas and materials teachers need to innovate in their STEM classrooms. TAF is interested in funding innovative projects designed by teachers or small teams of teachers for use in their own schools and classrooms.

Grades K-5 teachers are invited to apply for grants up to $1,000, while middle school and high school teachers are invited to apply for grants greater than $5,000 by the deadlines noted above.

For more information and to apply, click here.


EPA Seeks Applicants for 2023 Environmental Education Grants

Application deadline: Nov 8, 2023


EPA’s Office of Environmental Education has announced a new grant competition making up to $3.6 million available for locally-focused environmental education programs. EPA will award grants in each of EPA’s 10 Regions, between $50,000-$100,000 each, for a total of 30-40 grants nationwide. Through this grant program, EPA will provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques to increase environmental literacy and encourage behaviors that benefit the environment in local communities, especially underserved communities.

Find details on how to apply here.


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