To better connect educators and students who are interested in NOAA’s education and science resources, NOAA has just completed a major update of the agency’s primary education resource portal, http://www.education.noaa.gov. This website serves as a portal to lesson plans, educational multi-media, data sources, career profiles, and other education content from across the agency. The content is centered on five thematic areas that highlight NOAA science and stewardship: Oceans and Coasts, Climate, Weather and Atmosphere, Marine Life, and Freshwater. Under each theme are topical resource collections that support common teaching topics and align with state and national science education standards. The update to this website is based on research about what educators need for in their classrooms to teach science and stewardship. Input was gathered from educators on a national and local level to create a blueprint for this new format.
NOAA’s new Ocean’s Role in Weather and Climate website features materials to help teachers and students understand factors that impact the Earth’s weather and climate and how changes in temperature or air circulation are part of complex, long-term cycles. The website offers classroom resources, teacher tutorials, web seminar archives, and more.