NOAA Launches Education Website With New Look and Content

November 2, 2010

Dr. Isabella Abbott.

New NOAA Education Website.

Site Link (Credit: NOAA)

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, the themes are: 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.

“Educators look to NOAA as a trusted source for science based content they can use in their classrooms,” said Louisa Koch, director of the NOAA Office of Education. “This website has been completely redesigned and makes it easier for them to find the materials they need and want.”

Teachers looking for information about hurricanes, tides, climate change, the water-cycle or other earth science topics will find scientifically accurate and evaluated content on this site. Materials will be added regularly and the list of collections will continue to grow to support the needs of the education community with current real-world science content. The site also provides information on professional development, academic scholarships, career exploration, and education grants.

The resources on http://www.education.noaa.gov are easy to access and are easy to include into existing teaching activities. Whether an educator needs a video, educational game, data set, lesson, or activity the site provides some of the best materials NOAA and its educational partners have to offer.

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.

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