On May 13, 2017, dozens of educators nationwide took part in this live, 4-hour virtual conference to learn about the ocean and the way it is changing due to increasing global temperatures. NOAA and NOAA partner scientists and educators shared science background and recently collected data as well as related classroom activities and resources that teachers can use today with their students.
The goals of the virtual conference were for participants to:
- Learn basic oceanic and atmospheric circulation patterns and how energy/heat, and nutrients move around the planet.
- Understand how the transfer of heat energy through ocean circulation patterns and atmospheric interaction affects weather and climate.
- Understand the causes and trends in sea level changes and how these changes affect coastal habitats and human communities.
- Learn how ocean temperatures and chemistry are changing, and how these changes affect corals and other marine species, including their habitats and distributions.
- Learn about NOAA data and education resources about sea surface temperature, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and coral bleaching that integrate real data sets.
Here are some comments from educators who attended the conference:
- "The diverse presentations offered a lot of new and updated information for me - from the scientific as well as the didactical perspective."
- "The speakers had relevant, current knowledge of topic especially important at this time! Plus ways to incorporate it into the classroom."
- "Living in a rural Alaskan village dependent on the ocean, many conferences do not give me resources for local based education pertinent to my students. This one gave me tons of resources, ideas, and information for immediate classroom use."
- "Great combination of rich information and resources to help bring that info to students. Also, having the slides available to download is helpful. The community forum is great for those who may have questions or other things to share after the conference."
- "Great to be able to gain so much information from my own house (inexpensive- didn't have to travel). Enjoyed being exposed to researchers and their research and then have it tied into the classroom."
Learn more about the virtual conference's presenters and agenda.