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NOAA Planet Stewards Workshops

Educating the Earth

March 1-3, 2018

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Workshop Location:
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. 1500 Sullivan Rd., Aurora, IL 60506-1000
Registration Fees: $30
Size Limit: None

This multi-day workshop will be hosted by the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and NOAA Planet Stewards. Participants will engage in active learning sessions that address Climate Action, Clean Water, Affordable and Clean Energy, and other topics related to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose to be a part of an environmental design sprint or dive deep into Three Dimensional Learning unit planning with experts from the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network. A legislative luncheon is planned for Saturday with the opportunity to hear from and interact with local elected officials.

The workshop will kick off with a private evening reception at the SciTech Hands On Museum on Friday evening. Attendees will create their own fizzy beverages at the Drink Lab, explore ideas through a museum scavenger hunt, and enjoy unlimited access to the entire museum including a special traveling exhibit on Oceans: Acid vs. Life.

Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided for both full days of the workshop.

To register and for more information go to: https://www.imsa.edu/extensionprograms/professional-learning-days

Want even more info? Contact Brian Grublesky at: bgrublesky@imsa.edu or: 630-907-5860

The Changing Southwest Environment:
Trends and Challenges

June 11 - 13, 2018

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Workshop Location:
Christensen Professional Learning Complex. 4000 N Cummings St. Flagstaff, AZ 86004.
Registration Fees: $25
Size Limit: 60

This three-day, highly interactive workshop will focus on gaining subject matter expertise, exploration of available resources, and developing instructional units for students to more deeply understand the components, connections and trends in the changing Southwest environment. The facilitators are dedicated to honoring and using the participating educators’ knowledge and expertise as we work together to develop a deeper understanding of complex systems, and applying systems thinking to Southwestern regional issues of extreme weather, fire, drought, flooding, and ecosystem dynamics. Educators will have significant time to develop strategies for their students to help them create connections between the pieces of the Southwestern “Earth Puzzle”.

The workshop includes field trips to NOAA’s National Weather Service in Bellemont, AZ where we will launch a weather balloon, the Arboretum of Flagstaff where we will engage in a variety of citizen science projects, and the US Geological Survey where we will join in remote sensing activities and increase our ability to use authentic scientific data with our students.

Light breakfast foods, snacks, and a full lunch will be provided daily. Lodging, full breakfast and dinner are not provided. A list of lodging can be found at: https://www.flagstaffchamber.com/flagstaff/visiting-flagstaff/lodging/

For more information about the area: https://www.flagstaffarizona.org/plan-your-trip/maps/

To register and for more information go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3-day-teacher-workshop-the-changing-southwest-environment-trends-and-challenges-tickets-42358852468

Want even more info? Contact Jillian Worssam at: jworssam@fusd1.org or contact Mindy Bell at: mindy@flagstaffstemcity.com

Environmental Impacts to the Gulf Coast:
What Do We Know, What Can We Do?

June 25 - 28, 2018

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Workshop Location:
Carbide Park - Galveston County Extension Office - Texas Sea Grant.
Registration Fees: $50
Size Limit: 45

The Texas coast faces many environmental threats including sea level rise, hurricanes, and extreme weather events such as Hurricane Harvey. As citizens, we need to develop sustainable solutions to mitigate and adapt to these threats. During this workshop formal and informal educators will be introduced to the current science surrounding these threats through discussions, hands-on activities, and field trips. Educators will also receive training on effective communication of these complex and sometimes controversial topics.

Texas Education Agency - Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits will be provided (28 to 32 hours, depending on final agenda).

A link to register will be posted soon!

Want even more info? Contact Amanda Rinehart at: arinehart@artistboat.org or: 409-770-0722 or contact Shelley Du Puy at: shelley.dupuy@noaa.gov or: 409-356-0382

Resilience Education and Action:
Our place in a Changing World

July 21-23, 2018

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Workshop Locations:
Moku O Lo'e July 21-22; Honolulu Convention Center July 23.
Registration Fees: July 23 only- $75 (Early Bird); $90 (Regular); July 21-22 - PDE3: $200
Size Limit: 200: EE Symposium July 23; 40: PDE3 July 21 - 22

Our planet is changing. By exploring our relationship with the planet, each other, and the world, we have the opportunity to build resilience as we learn, grow, and adapt to change in innovative and proactive ways. At the 2018 Hawaii Environmental Education Alliance Symposium (July 23 at the Honolulu Convention Center) attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the use of citizen science data, developing quantifiable research projects, active STEM experiences, connecting with diverse audiences through cultural practice, and more!

A pre-symposium workshop (July 21-22 on Moku O Lo’e) is open to 40 educators and will be available as a PD3 opportunity for HI K-12 teachers.

Neighbor Island participants are responsible for their own transportation. Scholarships will be available in spring of 2018.

HI DOE Participants who attend the three days of PD can complete a portfolio for PDE3 eligibility.

A link to register will be posted soon!

Want even more info? Contact Michelle Gorham at: administrator@heea.org

NOAA Planet Stewards at NSTA

The 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 18 - and NOAA Planet Stewards will be there!

Please join NOAA Planet Stewards staff and educators at the Presentations and events below. To see all the presentations being presented by NOAA at NSTA, click here and do a keyword search for NOAA

Decoding Global Temperature and Carbon Dioxide Levels from a Model Ice Core

Friday, March 16 - 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM -- Georgia World Congress Center, B103

This modeling investigation dispels the misconception that historical global temperatures are inferred from carbon dioxide levels in trapped air bubbles rather than from isotopes of oxygen in ice layers.

Presenter(s): LuAnn Dahlman (NOAA Climate Program Office),
Carla McAuliffe (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

NOAA Planet Stewards - Content, Collaboration, and Action

Friday, March 16 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM -- Georgia World Congress Center, B103

Find out about professional development opportunities, online tools, and stewardship grants for educators to build scientifically-literate individuals and communities prepared to respond to the challenges of environmental threats monitored by NOAA. Try your hand with the Futures Wheel activity and receive free resources.

Presenters: Bruce Moravchik, Molly Harrison, Peggy Steffen

NESTA and NOAA Ocean, Climate, and Weather Share-a-Thon

Friday, March 16 - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM -- Georgia World Congress Center, B103

Join more than 20 NESTA members and other educational specialists as they share their favorite NGSS congruent classroom activities. Lots of free resources!

You can present at this session!!!!
Sign up at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NESTAshareathon and select NOAA Ocean, Climate, and Weather Share-a-Thon from the pull down menu. Have questions? Email: bruce.moravchik@noaa.gov

Game Design and Game Jams for the Science Classroom

Friday, March 16 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- Georgia World Congress Center, B103

Don’t let the technology teachers have all the fun! Game design can be woven into any science curricula, providing an engaging way for students to learn science content and to creatively apply what they have learned. Find out how to start using game design and game jams in your classroom.

Presenters: Peggy Steffen, Bruce Moravchik, Molly Harrison

AGU-NESTA Sponsored Lecture:
Chasing Coral Bleaching: A Present and Growing Ecological Disaster

Friday, March 16 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- Georgia World Congress Center, Sidney Marcus Auditorium

Coral reefs are amazingly beautiful and complex ecosystems that support at least a quarter of all marine species. However, as ocean temperatures rise, corals have been expelling the algae that give them their color and their food, causing corals to die around the world at a record rate. Reefs have shown us that climate change is impacting nature and people now—it’s not just some far-off problem we can worry about later. Mass coral bleaching is only a 35-year-old problem and it has been increasing in frequency and severity; a gruesome picture painted during the recent three-year global coral bleaching event. The focus of this talk will be on describing this growing problem and its haunting future while attempting to leave you hopeful that we still can save coral reefs before they are all gone. NOAA resources will be shared to understand this essential marine ecosystem, how we study them, and how we can help save them. We’ll also explore a new film, Chasing Coral (available on Netflix), that takes students—and everyone else—on a journey to document and understand coral reefs and the problems they face.

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BIO: A coral reef specialist, C. Mark Eakin has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for over 20 years and directs Coral Reef Watch, a program that monitors coral reef ecosystems through satellite and in water observations. He also played a role in developing the International and U.S. Coral Reef Initiatives and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN).

Mark frequently publishes on coral reef ecology, especially the impact of climate change on coral reefs, coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and coral paleoclimatology. He co-chaired the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force’s Climate Change Working Group and has testified before the U.S. Congress on the impacts of climate change. In addition, he was a contributing author on the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report and a chief scientific adviser for the film Chasing Coral, which was filmed over three years, with 500+ hours underwater, including footage from over 30 countries.

He holds a PhD in biological oceanography from the University of Miami.

NOAA Planet Stewards Happy Hour - Friday, March 16 - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.
Der Biergarten
300 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30313

Investigate Earth Processes Using NOAA Data Resources

Saturday, March 17 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM -- Georgia World Congress Center, B103

Find out how educators can access and use NOAA data in the classroom. Participants will learn about websites and resources that use data about weather, climate, drought, sea surface temperature, coastal water quality, coral bleaching, and ocean acidification and try several activities that can be used in the classroom.

Presenter: Peggy Steffen

STEM and Stewardship Series 1: Polar Popsicles

Saturday, March 17 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM -- Georgia World Congress Center, B303

Today, climate change is arguably the most urgent global issue, and science educators are under siege by special interest groups intent on misinformation. An ice core scientist and a master polar educator will lead hands-on activities developed by scientists, engineers, and educators from the Ice Drilling Program Office.

Presenter: Louise Huffman (Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth: Hanover, NH)

STEM and Stewardship Series 2: Planet Stewards Education Project

Saturday, March 17 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM -- Georgia World Congress Center, B303

Get funding to support hands-on learning! Find out how you can receive support for creating and carrying out a stewardship project with your students while learning from some of the most respected scientists in Earth science. Past funding recipients will discuss their experiences and share free hands-on activities to get you started.

Presenters: Bruce Moravchik, Molly Harrison

STEM and Stewardship Series 3: Chasing Coral Bleaching

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM -- Georgia World Congress Center, B303

Join Mark Eakin, oceanographer and coordinator of NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch Program, as he discusses coral bleaching and clips from the film, Chasing Coral, for which he was a chief scientist. NOAA educators will share related science and hands-on education resources for your classroom.

Presenter: C. Mark Eakin (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Digital Natives Use 3-D Learning to Collaborate on Climate Change

Saturday, March 17 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- Georgia World Congress Center, A303

Get students learning, collaborating, creating, and playing on the internet to learn about climate change. NOAA Climate Stewards Educators share their successful classroom practices. Leave ready to launch a cloud-infused curriculum that meets NGSS to engage and empower your students.

Presenters: Kottie Christie-Blick & Jacob Tanenbaum (South Orangetown Central School District: Blauvelt, NY)

Friends of Earth Science Reception

Saturday, March 17 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM -- International Ballroom F, Omni Atlanta at CNN Center

Attending NOAA Planet Stewards (and Former NOAA Climate Stewards) will be receiving a special recognition.

NOAA Planet Stewards Webinars

Check back soon for information on upcoming webinars!

NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club

Join us Monday, March 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time for a discussion of:

Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life

Space is limited! Reserve your seat at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4590449339485028097. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. Please share this invitation to all interested colleagues and networks.

The 'Half Earth' book cover with an image of earth behind, only half showing

In Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, Pulitzer Prize winning author and world-renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson states that to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet. Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature. Identifying actual regions of the planet that can still be reclaimed―such as the California redwood forest, the Amazon River basin, and grasslands of the Serengeti, among others.

To join the discussion Dial (toll free) 866-662-7513 and use the passcode: 1170791#
For more information, contact Peg.Steffen@gmail.com

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