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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.