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Outreach and Education
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- NOAA Fisheries PIRO Outreach and Education - Web site provides brochures, fact sheets and activity booklets about protected species in Hawaii such as Hawaiian Monk Seals, Sea Turtles and Cetaceans.
- NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources Education page for Teachers - A list of educational resources and tools, with links to lessons plans about animals such as turtles and whales.
- NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center Education and Outreach - Access to data sets, a sustainable seafood tutorial, Northern Fur Seal and Killer Whale curriculum, and more.
- Science Resource Guide - most activities from 125 yr anniversary celebration
- NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center Education - Curricula and lesson plans, handouts and kids activity books.
- NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center Education - Links to educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, an interactive educational exhibit at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at UC Santa Cruz, and resources for teachers and kids.
- NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology - NEMO - An afterschool program for Washington, D.C.'s inner city public schools which aims to teach students about marine science and encourage them to participate in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. NEMO provides activities, field trips and resources for teachers and students.
- NOAA SEA Curriculum (3-5) - Educational resources comprised of 20 units which are aligned to Hawaii standards (HCPS III) and use NOAA science. Technology-rich lessons include career profiles, hands-on activities, videos, podcasts, online games, and virtual globes.
- NOAA OCM/State of Hawaii - Tsunami Hazard Information Service - Provides residents easy, online access to the State's tsunami evacuation zone maps as well as information about potential risks, how to prepare, and what to do in the event of a tsunami.
- NOAA Office of Education Tsunami Education Resource Kit - Offers curricula, brochures, and other resources to raise awareness about the dangers of tsunamis.
- Discover Your World With NOAA: An Activity Book (K-12) - 43 activities to learn more about your world and how NOAA helps you explore, understand, and protect our Earth.
- NOAA NESDIS Education page for Teachers and Students - Includes many other web links.
- NOAA NOS Education - Building ocean, coastal, and climate literacy for students and educators.
- NOAA Education Celebrates 2009 - Year of Science, background and resources, multimedia, informal activities, lesson plans and curriculum.
- NOAA Climate.gov - science and information for a climate-smart nation, information on teaching climate, data sets.
- NOAA Ocean Explorer Program - Resources for all grade levels and links to professional development opportunities.
- NOAA NCDC Educational Activities - NCDC is the world's largest active archive of weather data. Activities have been developed to inform the general public about the science and research at the NCDC and build environmental literacy.
- NOAA/NASA - SciJinks Weather Laboratory (6-8) - A website targeting middle-school-age youth with fun and games and useful information about weather and other Earth science subjects.
- ScienceEducation.gov - Connects teachers and students to free, federally-funded STEM education resources. (key word - NOAA).
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- NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program - Information on coral reefs, conservation programs, current research topics, and more.
- Resources for Educators - The links provide access to lesson plans and other useful information to help incorporate coral reefs into the classroom.
- 2008 Coral Reef Educational Resources CD (provided online) - The materials cover a wide-range of topics related to coral reefs, including basic coral biology, coral reef ecosystems, human use, threats, and conservation efforts.
- NOAA NESDIS Coral Reef Watch Education and Outreach (K-Gray) - Online tutorials explaining how we predict coral bleaching, the basic concepts of ocean acidification and satellite technology, and more.
- NOAA’s Coral Health and Monitoring Program - CLEO Project- Educational modules that focus on oceanographic instrumentation and coral reef processes. The modules consist of background information, a classroom experiment, and a teacher section.
- NOAA NOS Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary - From professional development opportunities to curriculum on topics such as coral, invasive species and oil spills, to student fun and web links.
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- Marine National Monument Lesson Plans:
- Marvelous Music Report Lesson Plans - Check out the new educator's lesson plans (grades 3-7) to explore and learn more about the variety of marine resources and their values and functions in the Marine National Monuments. Plus, see the award-winning and hilarious short film about why these places are worth protecting for future generations. Short film is in English and Samoan (Chamorro, Carolinian and Hawaiian available upon request).
- New Lesson Plans Using Scientific Data Collected in the Monuments
New 7-12 grade lesson plans are available for educators that introduce students to the concept of marine protected areas, expanding students' appreciation and understanding of the value of ocean resources. The lessons use scientific data collected in the Marine National Monuments to help students connect the ecosystem benefits provided by these areas to those they receive from their local environment, and are aligned with the national Ocean Literacy Principles.
Topics include tectonics evolution, island fish, seabirds, guano, ocean currents, marine debris, biodiversity, marine technology, sea turtles, and coral reefs in the Marianas Trench (22.1 MB), Pacific Remote Islands (22.1 MB), Papahanaumokuakea (41.8 MB), and Rose Atoll (38.3 MB) Marine National Monuments (lesson plans provided in a zip file for each location).
- Ring of Fire and the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Expeditions Lesson Plans - The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Education Program has prepared lesson plans based on discoveries from the Submarine Ring of Fire 2014 Ironman Expedition (1.06 MB) and the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas (1.24 MB) ranging from 5th to 12th grades.
- For more information, please contact us by email: email@example.com or by phone: (808) 725-5000.
- Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) Resources
Through PMNM's partnership with Google, internet users can take a virtual tour of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Tern and East Islands at French Frigate Shoals, Laysan Island, Lisianski Island, and Pearl and Hermes Atoll through Google Street View.
- If you want to request an educational activity for your school or event, contact: Andy.Collins@noaa.gov (Oahu)
- Classroom presentations by PMNM scientists
- Hands-on activities for kids in the classroom and outdoors
- Student videoconference calls with field station staff and volunteers working in the Monument
- Ship-to-classroom 'ask a scientist' email forums
- Outreach booths at events island-wide
- Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary - The sanctuary's education and outreach programs focus on educating the public about Hawaii's humpback whales and other ocean life. A variety of programs are offered that allow the public to learn about the ocean and become involved in its protection.
- VIDEO: " Our Deepest Waters: Exploring Remote Marine National Monuments in Remote Reaches of the Pacific." This International and National award winning film features the cultural significance, some of the science and management activities taking place, and never seen before film footage of the spectacular marine resources found in these locations.
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- NOAA Education Resources - The Educator Opportunities website is designed to provide information about educational opportunities that are available to educators through NOAA. Educators can find information on in-person workshops, online trainings, field experiences, and conferences and events where NOAA staff will be in attendance. (includes many other web links)
- NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program - Are you an educator interested in gaining first-hand research experience on an ocean research ship? This competitive free program gives teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience.
- Climate Change Professional Development - Online
NOAA's climate portal offers listings of professional development opportunities for those educators interested in learning more about climate change. Opportunities include courses and workshops, hangouts, webinars, and more.
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- NOAA Games Arcade - A portal to games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes. It highlights the science and the activities of NOAA and other agencies and organizations promoting environmental stewardship. Game topics include ecology, animal migrations, recycling, and more.
- Habitat IQ Online Game - How much do you know about coastal and marine habitat? Test Your Habitat IQ!
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- NOAA CORIS
Web-based information portal that provides access to NOAA coral reef information and data products with emphasis on the U.S. states, territories and remote island areas. NOAA Coral Reef activities include coral reef mapping, monitoring and assessment; natural and socioeconomic research and modeling; outreach and education; and management and stewardship.
- NOAA View Data Imagery Portal - The beta version of NOAA View is an online educational tool that provides interactive access to NOAA environmental data. The website lets users view, animate, and explore global datasets of the world's oceans, land, atmosphere, and cryosphere.
- NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer
- NOAA Global Science Investigator (global view, can't zoom in)
NOAA PSC has developed the Visual Information Services, a targeted suite of education and outreach products aimed at increasing environmental understanding and awareness with a focus on the Pacific region.
- NOAA NESDIS - "Coral Science from Outer Space to Inner Space"
- NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Inventory, Mapping Tools and Data
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- NOAA Employment Information Website - Information on different career fields in science and current opportunities with NOAA (see navigation menu on left of page).
- NOAA Fisheries Career Brochure for Older Audiences
- NOAA Fisheries Career Brochure for Younger Audiences
- JASON Live Careers - Tune in to JASON Learning's free, live, interactive events which can help inspire kids to pursue STEM careers. Students can pre-submit questions on the submission form or through video, or submit using the form during the webinar. All events are archived and posted soon after the event ends.
- Collaboration with 2 NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Team members in November 2013.
- Sea Grant Marine Careers - website gives ship logs, offers a Skype connection with Hawaii schools, and provides scientist profiles.
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- NOAA Student Opportunities
- NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Student Opportunities
- NOAA Educational Partnership Program
- NOAA Office of Education - Hollings Scholarships
- NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship
- NOAA PIFSC Young Scientist Opportunity
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- Reef Pulse Hawaii Curriculum (K-2) - The Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative (HCRI) has been dedicated to expanding the public's understanding of Hawaii's coral reefs since 1998. The Reef Pulse Hawaii curriculum is HCRI's latest educational outreach tool, designed to instill an understanding of Hawaii's natural environment in the next generation.
- The Teacher's Guide to Navigating Change (4-5) - Hawaii DOE Standards (HCPS III) aligned curriculum which includes five units that are designed to help students explore their relationships to the environment and ways that they can "navigate change" in their own communities.
- C-MORE (UH) Education and Outreach - Borrow free science kits, host OceanFEST Family Science Nights, apply for small grants, learn about the Microscopes in Middle Schools program and Science Teachers Aboard Research Ships.
- UH Sea Grant's Center for Marine Science Education - Featuring the new Voice of the Sea web and TV series, and Exploring our Fluid Earth Curriculum for grades 6-12, which is based on the philosophy of Teaching Science as Inquiry.
- COSEE Island Earth - A collaborative initiative among university, government, research, and community partners to improve connections between scientists and educators, inform ocean science educational practices, and enhance ocean literacy in Hawaii.
- NSF - The Best of COSEE Hands-On Activities offers ocean scientists simple, engaging, and easily accessible hands-on activities that will make your presentations to K-12 students, the public, or other non-science audiences more effective (search by using navigation menu at top).
- COSEE Coastal Trends - For Educators: Integrating Cutting-Edge Ocean Science into the Classroom. The goal of Coastal Trends is to increase literacy in ocean science with a focus on understanding dynamic coastal trends through partnerships among scientists, educators, students and the general public. Education modules include dead zones, fish and physics, from land to the sea, marine bacteria, observing the ocean, and sea grass.
- The COOL Classroom (7-12) - A series of Internet-based instructional modules that link middle and high school classrooms with active research investigations at the Rutgers Marine & Coastal Sciences "COOLroom," a collaboration of oceanographers studying the coastal ocean off the coast of New Jersey. Here you will find information about how to use the COOL projects and printable teacher's guides.
- Exploring Mote Marine Laboratory Oceanography Data in the Classroom - This website instructs educators on the classroom use of transect station data from the Mote Marine Lab Phytoplankton Ecology Program, consisting of hydrographic conditions and chlorophyll fluorescence.
- The SEATURTLE.ORG Satellite Tracking Program provides a unique opportunity to engage students in a fun and exciting way. Satellite tracking can be used to develop lesson plans covering a number of subject areas, including biology, math, geography and even politics.
- Meteorology Education (Met Ed, K-12) - MetEd offers many modules suitable for use in teaching geosciences to students, such as the hydrologic cycle, watersheds, remote sensing using satellites, and climate change impacts (e.g., urban flooding).
- Satellite Meteorology Learning Modules (7-12) - Meteorology is an excellent topic to introduce middle and high school students to geoscience, physics, chemistry and applied mathematics. Satellite Meteorology learning modules provide scientists and educators with exciting activities and hands-on tools for investigation, inquiry, analysis and stewardship.
- NASA - Ocean Motion (9-12) - A review of the surface circulation of Earth's ocean, along with classroom investigations. The website features a toolbox of satellite and model data, allowing investigation of ocean surface current patterns and how they relate to issues of navigation, weather/climate, natural hazards, and marine resources.
- NASA JPL Resources - a veritable ocean of educational resources on weather, climate, and oceanic science for learners of all ages and backgrounds.
- MARE - A program of the Lawrence Hall of Science that seeks to increase ocean literacy through informal and formal education initiatives. MARE offers a variety of powerful curriculum tools, resources, and professional development to help bring the excitement of ocean sciences to your school.
- Counting Plastic - Deep Sea News has an article on figuring out how much plastic is in the ocean. Check this out for a quick review, then click on the links for more in-depth information, and the home page for other great articles.
- My Science Box (K-College) - The website offers classroom-tested hands-on science lessons for various grade levels as well as "curriculum boxes," or units, for middle and high school students. Topics include ecology, measurement and observation, and more. Each box contains lesson plans, assessments, field trip planning materials, resources, and even sub-plans with independent activities such as web quests.
List Serves for Marine Educators
- NOAA Information Exchange for Marine Educators - This update receives technical support from NOAA's Ocean Exploration and Research Program and the National Marine Protected Areas Center, to share information pertinent to the marine educator community. It is intended to encourage exchange of information and programs and promote collaboration among the different educators addressing similar issues in their programs.
To subscribe to this distribution list, send a blank message to firstname.lastname@example.org with "subscribe infoexchange" in the subject field.
- Scuttlebutt - the Bridge Ocean Education Teacher Resource Center (NMEA) discussion list - a forum for marine educators to talk informally about marine education ideas, issues, and questions.
- Science Information for Teachers (SIFT) List - A free e-mail subscription service that allows science educators to easily find information about useful internet sites categorized by topic, as well as professional development workshops and grant opportunities. Topics include Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics, Astronomy, Biology, and Earth Science.
The archive of the SIFT List entries are available in The Sifters Guide to Everything (Science) which currently includes more than 3000 science links.
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List of Acronyms for Link
- CLEO - Coral Literature, Education and Outreach
- C-MORE - Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education
- CORIS - Coral Reef Information System
- COSEE - Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence
- JASON - Joint Altimetry Satellite Oceanography Network
- JPL - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- MARE - Marine Activities, Resources & Education
- NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- NCDC - National Climatic Data Center
- NESDIS - National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service
- NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- NOS - National Ocean Service
- NSF - National Science Foundation
- PIRO - Pacific Islands Regional Office
- PIFSC - Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
- OCM - Office for Coastal Management - Pacific Islands
- SEA - Sea Earth Atmosphere
- STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics