NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project

The NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) provides formal and informal educators working with elementary through university age students with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a climate-literate public actively engaged in climate stewardship. CSEP also provides support for educators to develop and execute climate stewardship (mitigation and/or adaptation) projects with their audiences to increase understanding of climate science and take practical actions to reduce the impacts of climate change.

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K–12 educators can access an archive of webinars exploring climate change and its impacts. Produced by scientists and educators from NOAA’s Climate Stewards Education Project, each 90-minute webinar addresses a different aspect of climate change. The webinars can help teachers stay informed on climate change issues, revitalize K–12 Earth science lessons, and learn how to develop and execute a climate action project with students. Titles include The Connectedness in the Climate System; Sleuthing the Climate Past, Projecting the Climate Future; Spanning Time and Spatial Scales: Modeling the Planet’s Climate; Using Simple Models in Climate Change Education; and Making Climate Change Communication Stick.


Junior Paleontologist Activity Book

This activity book for students ages 5–12 from the NPS’s Junior Paleontologist Program presents facts, photographs, and games alongside more than a dozen activities exploring Earth’s history, ancient plants and animals, and the changes in environment over time. Students can explore how fossils form in the Road to Fossilization board game; learn about plants and animals from different geologic time periods in activities such as Geologic Time and It’s All Relative; or compare their size to the sizes of dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era in Everything Is Bigger in Texas. Other activities encourage students to visit national park sites, such as Paleo-Park Passport, in which students collect stamps from parks they visit, and Climate Change, in which students discuss evidence of climate change with a park ranger at a national park site.Students can earn a Junior Paleontologist badge for completing the activities in the book. To receive a badge, students can give the completed book to a park ranger at a national park site or mail the completed book and their address to the program’s headquarters, and a badge will be mailed to them.


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DIY Stomp Rockets

Targeted for students in grades 4–9 and created by educators at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, this lesson brings the excitement of model rocketry and engineering design to the classroom. Students work individually or in pairs to construct and launch paper rockets using a teacher-built PVC-pipe launcher, and calculate the flight achieved by the model. Then based on their rockets’ flight performance, students analyze and modify their designs, launch again, and recalculate the altitude achieved to determine if their changes affected the performance of the rocket. The lesson supports the Next Generation Science Standards while exploring rocketry, the engineering design process, and mathematics. Find the lesson plan, extension activities, and video tutorials at the website.

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Physics-Based Comic Books: SPECTRA

Follow the adventures of Spectra, a middle school superhero who possesses the powers of a laser beam. Through eight volumes (with a ninth on the way), Spectra and friends meet and overcome challenges and obstacles through physical science, addressing topics such as power, force, heat energy, water flow, quantum physics, and electric current. The comic is produced by, the American Physical Society’s website dedicated to promoting physics for everyone.

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EiE Special Education and EL Pilot Opportunity!

The EiE team would like to let you know about an opportunity to pilot EiE this spring!

We are currently developing resources to increase EiE’s accessibility for students who receive special education services and/or are English Learners (ELs). These resources include: visual vocabulary cards, suggested pacing guide, simplified student handouts, differentiation tips for EL students, discussion supports, and a more visual Engineering Design Process poster.

We will pilot these resources for the following units:

  • An Alarming Idea: Designing Alarm Circuits
  • Lighten Up: Designing Lighting Systems
  • A Long Way Down: Designing Parachutes
  • A Stick in the Mud: Evaluating a Landscape
  • Water, Water Everywhere: Designing Water Filters
  • A Slick Solution: Cleaning an Oil Spill
  • To Get to the Other Side: Designing Bridges

If chosen, you will receive the materials kit, teacher guide, and resources for one of the units above at no cost. You will also receive a stipend of $350 for your feedback.

This EiE pilot application will close at 5pm on Friday, January 20th! If you have any questions, please email

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Challenge 2030: Tomorrow’s Innovators Tackle Today’s Grand Challenges

The New York Academy of Sciences is offering the following challenge to students ages 13-18. Challenge 2030 is a two-part project where kids work in teams to create a product that addresses an area of need in their community.
Part One: The H2O Challenge
(January 30, 2017 – March 15, 2017)
With rapid urbanization and climate change, water is increasingly becoming a scarce resource in many communities around the world, while in other areas, engineers and scientists are working to develop systems to manage an overabundance of precipitation.
To address this challenge, we are asking students to take the lead in solving water issues in their communities. Student teams will apply their scientific knowledge to an area of critical need  in the areas they live in and focus on the solutions necessary to make a difference.
Part Two: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Challenge
(April 1 – 30, 2017)
Student teams will further develop their H20 Challenge solution by constructing product pitches and prototyping a crowd-funding website, then presenting it to a panel of judges.

1. The winning team of the H2O Challenge wins $500!
2. Qualifying teams from the SDG Challenge will be invited to attend a culminating event in New York City at the New York Academy of Sciences headquarters on May 8th & 9th. Students will participate in a seminar on constructing pitch strategies and meet face to face with their team to market test their product ideas, refine their pitch and develop their crowd funding site.
To learn more and register your team, click here.
Deadline to sign up is Monday, January 9, 2017.


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CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship

The CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship is the only program of its kind offered by CDC for teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health sciences into current middle- and high- school classrooms. In 2017, CDC’s Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD), Career Paths to Public Health, will launch the inaugural Science Ambassador Fellowship, previously known as the Science Ambassador Workshop. This competitive fellowship includes a 5-day summer course at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and a 1-year distance-based professional development opportunity.

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9/11 Tribute Center’s Annual Teacher Awards

Each year, the 9/11 Tribute Center honors teachers who create exemplary educational projects that help students understand the impact of 9/11.
Multi-disciplinary projects are encouraged! Past winners have integrated September 11th into a wide multitude of subjects, including language arts, history, civics, media, and visual arts.
Winners will receive a $500 gift for their school, and be honored at our ceremony, held in memory of the February 23rd, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
Deadline for submission is January 23, 2017.

All-expenses-paid 8-day raft trip down the Grand Canyon with NCSE!

We’re excited to announce that, if you’re a teacher, you can apply for an all-expenses-paid eight-day raft trip down the Grand Canyon with the National Center for Science Education!
This year the trip will be from June 29 to July 7, 2017.  Winners will receive free airfare, lodging before and after the trip, and the trip of a lifetime, exploring the wonders of Grand Canyon with a team of scientists, educators, and science fans.
While the trip will be a great learning experience and a lot of fun, it will be physically challenging. Please read the full description about the trip on our website and feel free to direct any questions you may have to
To view the application, click here. Please note that the deadline for applications is February 1, 2017 (midnight, Pacific Standard Time).