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Climate Change Here and Now: Impacts on Western Coasts, Ocean and Atmosphere
Educators show their models of coral communities at the Coral Ecosystems symposium in New Orleans, LA.

NSTA is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, (NOAA), to present an exciting Symposium for middle and high school educators, grades 5-12, on the topic of climate change. This event is a blended professional development that includes this face-to-face symposium at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco, CA followed by two public NSTA Web Seminars and a discussion forum within NSTA Learning Center that allows for extended interaction between the participants and NOAA scientists and educational specialists. Attendance requires conference.

Stipend Opportunity ($60)

NOAA is pleased to provide a stipend of $60 upon completion to all participants attending this symposium.

Program Overview

During this half-day Climate Symposium, scientists and education specialists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will discuss the latest findings about the impacts of climate change on west coast ecosystems, coastlines, water resources and species. Participants will learn about regional efforts to monitor and understand climate changes and provide ideas and resources that translate climate science for the classroom. Participants will be provided with educational materials, including classroom activities that aim to create ocean and climate literate students who can make informed decisions in the future. Each participant will receive a $60 stipend for attendance. All participants will receive educational materials and information about resources that are available at the NOAA website. A drawing for door prizes will take place at the end of the program. Refreshments will be available.


Thursday, March 10, 2011
8:00a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time


The Symposium will take place in Golden Gate C2 of the Marriott San Francisco Marquis Hotel Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and housing.


The cost for admission to the symposium is $47 through the advanced registration period and $54 onsite. Travel, meals, lodging, general conference registration (required), and graduate credit fees (where applicable) are the responsibility of participants.


In this section you will meet the NOAA scientists and educational specialists who will be presenting at the NOAA/NSTA Symposium: Climate Change Here and Now: Impacts on Western Coasts, Ocean and Atmosphere

  • Carol Preston, Education Coordinator, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
  • Paulo Maurin, Education Coordinator, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
  • Judy Koepsell, Office of Climate, Weather and Water Services, National Weather Service
  • Eric Boldt, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service (NWS)
  • Bruce Moravchik, Education Specialist, NOAA National Ocean Service
  • Peg Steffen, Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service

See the Symposium’s agenda, including learning outcomes for the program and alignment with the National Science Education Standards.

Web Seminars

Two Web Seminars will be scheduled after the face-to-face program in April and May. The web seminars will begin at 6:30 P.M. Eastern Time.

Web seminars are free, interactive, live sessions providing online professional development. The 90-minute sessions feature presenters related to the NSTA Symposia. You do not have to attend the symposium in order to participate in the web seminars.

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