Ocean Facts Website

NOAA’s National Ocean Service offers an ever-growing Ocean Facts Website.  The questions range from basic (What is an estuary?) to the more unusual (What does peanut butter have to do with the ocean?). Visit Ocean Facts

NOAA Expedition Education Module

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Exploration and Research Program has launched the Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition Web page on its Ocean Explorer website

Educators working with scientists from the Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition developed an Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Module (EEM) for the mission. Designed for teachers of students in Grades 5-12, the EEM offers an Expedition Purpose, Lessons tied to the National Science Education Standards and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts, Interactive Multimedia Components for students, OceanAGE Career Connections, and Other Resources and Links to help educators bring the excitement behind the Living Light on the Deep-Sea Floor Expedition into their classrooms.

Web logs, written by educators and scientists that capture daily activities and discoveries, complete with compelling video and images, will be posted within 24 hours of their receipt from the explorers on the Ocean Explorer Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition website. An “Ask an Explorer” feature will also be available for students to submit questions to, and receive answers from, the explorers during the expedition.

NOAA B-WET Gulf of Mexico Program Manager

The NOAA NMFS Southeast Regional Office and the Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program are hiring a Gulf of Mexico B-WET Program Manager. The incumbent serves as a program analyst focused on education and outreach programs for NOAA in the North Central Gulf of Mexico. Details online.

Oceans, Weather and Climate

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.

Climate Literacy Guide

NOAA has released Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science, a 13-page guide that includes information on how individuals and communities can help reduce climate change and its impacts. To download, see the NOAA Climate Program Office website.