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While you are home, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Regional Collaboration Network in conjunction with Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is offering this series on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 EDT during school closures.  The series started on March 16 and will go through June 12th, 2020.

 

Each webinar features a different NOAA expert/topic and a moderated question and answers session throughout so that you can get a peek at what our NOAA scientists do in all the various NOAA offices.  These webinars are geared toward grades 2-8 and allow students to connect with scientists.  Webinars are streamed via GoToWebinar, are between 45-60 minutes in length, and are recorded.

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***ALL RECORDED WEBINARS NOW INCLUDE ENGLISH CAPTIONS AND SPANISH SUBTITLES*** 

 

Wednesday, May 27, 11 am EDT

Coastal Marshland in My Texas Backyard with Nikki Fitzgerald, NOAA's Texas Sea Grant in Anahuac, TX

Let's explore Nikki's backyard coastal marsh together in the 'Alligator Capital of Texas'! She will take us on a journey while kayaking or riding on the back of a marsh buggy. Have you ever heard a baby alligator chirp before? No worries, Nikki will let you hear one chirp! Watch as she shows us how to catch a blue crab or go seining in the bay. You will get to learn the many purposes of a Marsh with live demonstrations and hands-on activities. Learn about the importance of our coastal marshes and discover the many different animals that call it home. (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)  Register

Resources to access at home:

»  Texas Parks and Wildlife page on Coastal Wetlands.  You can see pictures of some of the animals that live in Texas' coastal wetlands.
»  Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
»  Texas Parks and Wildlife video:  Gulf Coast Prairies Eco-Region (6 minutes long)
»  Texas Parks and Wildlife video: Crabbing the Coast at Sea Rim State Park (3 minutes long)
»  Beaumont Texas Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands and Boardwalk 2017 video (3 minutes long)
»  Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge Travel Video (4 minutes long)
»  Pond Management with Jefferson/Chambers County Agent Nikii Fitzgerald (7 minutes)
»  What are watersheds? video with Nikki (5 minutes long)
»  Types of weathering video with Nikki (3 minutes)

 

Friday, May 29, 11 am EDT

Blue Blood, Green Eggs, and Red Knots: The amazing story of the horseshoe crab with Chris Petrone, NOAA's Delaware Sea Grant in Lewes, DE

About 20 million years ago, the horseshoe crab, as we know it today, evolved. Members of Family Limulidae, which include four extant species of horseshoe crabs, have relatives—the trilobites—that existed on Earth over 500 million years ago! In North America, just one species of horseshoe crabs crawls upon the seafloor eating small clams, crustaceans, worms, and algae. Horseshoe crabs, which are more closely related to scorpions and spiders than true crabs, are incredibly important to the environment and humans. Join us to learn more about this incredible animal and develop your own “Limulus Love.”  (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)  Register

Resources to access at home:

»  Delaware Sea Grant’s Horseshoe Crab 15 Second Science YouTube playlist.  These short videos are fun, quick, and informative.
»  Delaware Sea Grant article: Scientists develop an artificial bait that reduces the need to harvest horseshoe crabs
»  The Horseshoe Crab - information about the horseshoe crab.
»  The Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Survey
»  NOAA's Ocean Today video on horseshoe crabs - “Blue Blood Battles Bacteria”
»  Estuaries 101 “Hooray for Horseshoe Crabs” lesson plan
»  Horseshoe Crab Origami
»  Migrating Shorebirds and Horseshoe Crabs video (~36 seconds long)
»  Just flip 'em music video
»  Videos Chris shows during his webinar, "egg video" and "feeding video"

 

Monday, June 1, 11 am EDT

Giant Seabass, Kings of the Kelp Forest with Ryan Freedman, NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in Santa Barbara, CA

Giant Seabass are a species of large fish that live in the cool waters off the coast of California. Thanks to government protections in California, this top predator of the kelp forest is beginning to return to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and NOAA is working with other groups to study them. Giant Seabass are unique because scientists believe they use sounds to communicate. NOAA is working to record these sounds in the wild and study how these fish move around Santa Barbara Island, a small offshore island in the sanctuary. (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)  Register

Resources to access at home:

» "Return of the King" - An article on how researchers track giant sea bass populations in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
»   Channel Island National Marine Sanctuary education page.  This includes an encyclopedia of sanctuaries, marine reserves interactive map, and more.

» Map of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

 

Wednesday, June 3, 11 am EDT

Fishing for Food and Facts with Anna Mercer, NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Narragansett, RI

Did you know that U.S. fisheries produce over 9 billion pounds of seafood every year? Join this webinar to learn how NOAA Fisheries works with fishermen to produce sustainable seafood that feeds people all over the world. In this webinar, you will learn about the species that are harvested in the northeast U.S., how they are caught, and how NOAA Fisheries helps fishermen develop tools to fish more effectively and collect data for science.  (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)  Register

Resources to access at home:

»  U.S. Seafood Facts at Fish Watch
»  Fisheries of the United States
»  NOAA Fisheries Cooperative Research
»  National Marie Sanctuaries Fish and Fishery Facts in California. This has some great information on where fishing occurs, the different fisheries, fishing vessel types, fishing gear, seafood markets, and more.
»  Seafood Nutrition Partnership Website. NOAA Fisheries is a partner and you can find seafood 101, the science of seafood, and more.

Friday, June 5, 11 am EDT

USS Monitor: Heavy Metal on the High Seas With Tane Casserley, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary in Newport News, VA

Situated 16 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary protects the shipwreck of the famed Civil War ironclad, USS Monitor. Over the last 45 years, NOAA has been honoring the men of USS Monitor, its legacy with the United States Navy, and its impact on world events. This presentation will discuss NOAA’s use of cutting edge science to preserve this iconic piece of Civil War history and will highlight NOAA’s efforts to protect this fragile national treasure and its history above and below the waves.  Art Courtesy Tom Freeman.  (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)  Register

Resources to access at home:

» This Monitor National Marine Sanctuary website has information about the science of exploration and monitoring the shipwrecks at the sanctuary.
»  Explore shipwrecks from the Civil War through World War II
»  Map of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
»  Fun activities for students and all ages.  Monitor bingo, a civil war crossword puzzle, test your knowledge, and much more.
»  Education resources for teachers.  You will find curriculum, activities, and videos here.
»  Proposed sanctuary expansion  Why expand?  Find out more here.

 

Monday, June 8, 11 am EDT

From Training to Underwater Exploration: Take a Deep Dive with the NOAA Diving Center With Jessica Keller and Zachary Hileman, both from the NOAA Diving Center in Seattle, WA and Stephanie Gandulla, NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, MI

Follow the pathway to become a NOAA diver and beyond! Scientific diving is one of the main types of diving conducted throughout NOAA, and the NOAA Diving Center staff train scientists in how to work safely underwater. Join us as we discuss various aspects of scientific diving from physics and physiology to dive equipment. After training, NOAA divers go into the field and collect data in cool locations like Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary! Thunder Bay will highlight the projects and science conducted by NOAA divers in the Great Lakes.  (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)  Register

 

Resources to access at home:

»  Learn more about the NOAA Diving Program (NDP).  View NOAA diving forms, regulations, training, and more.  Click here.
»  The NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations website. There is a lot of information as well as featured stories and videos.
»  A map of the NOAA diving program units and sub-units (where are our trained divers).
»  Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary education website.  There are links to NOAA's online games, an encyclopedia of the sanctuaries, and more.
»  NOAA National Ocean Service "Dive in: underwater adventure" website.  This shows you the diving opportunities in NOAA's national marine sanctuaries and estuarine research reserves.
»  Map of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
»  Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet! These virtual reality voyages use 360-degree images to highlight each national marine sanctuary.
»  National Park Service Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer Program.

 

Wednesday, June 10, 11 am EDT

Coming Soon

 

Friday, June 12, 11 am EDT

Coming Soon

 

That's a wrap!  Have a great summer!

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Monday, March 23, 11 am EDT

Marine Mammals in Our Backyard with Grace Simpkins, Woods Hole Sea Grant and Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA

Whales are among the largest and oldest animals on earth and belong to a group of marine mammals called cetaceans.  Seals are known to be the clowns of the sea and belong to a group of marine mammals called pinnipeds.   Interested in learning more about marine mammals?  Tune in to find out what makes a mammal a mammal and fun facts about those found around Cape Cod. (Grades 2-6) » View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

»  Southern Ocean seal monitoring:  Help monitor populations of seals across the world by tagging time-lapse and drone photographs.
»  NOAA Office of Education: This resource collection on marine mammals includes valuable videos, background, activities, and more.
»  Science Kids: Plant & Animal Differences Game - This game allows you to sort plants and animals into different categories such as birds, insects, mammals, etc.
»  NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources:  Whale species information pages.
»  Explore.org: watch orcas, manatees, belugas, gray seals, and more (some cameras may only function during a certain season). Explore with dozens of other live cams!
»  NOAA Ocean Today:  Learn about some of the many species in your local waters and all over the world. Fun and informative 2-minute videos from learning about the North Atlantic right whales to feeding giant octopuses!


Wednesday, March 25, 11 am EDT

A Bird's Eye View of Whales with Allison Henry, NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA

 

Whales are among the largest and oldest animals on earth and belong to a group of marine mammals called cetaceans.  Talk to a member of NOAA's North Atlantic right whale aerial survey team and learn how they do science from the sky.  The webinar will last about 45 minutes and will be streamed via GoToWebinar.  This webinar will be recorded and posted here after going live. (Grades 2-6) » View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

»  Picture Matching- Right Whales:  COAST Program activity used in our lesson to match North Atlantic right whale drawings to the real right whale picture.   Answer key
»  North Atlantic right whale catalog: The catalog contains all the photographed sitings of right whales from the North Atlantic.
»  Right Whale Listening Network: Learn about North Atlantic Right Whales and how acoustic buoys can help prevent ship strikes.
»  Northeast Regional Office- North Atlantic right whale lesson: Discover the world of the North Atlantic right whale through lessons and activities on the biology, ecology, and conservation of this endangered species (Grades 6-8).
»  NOAA Right Whale Sighting Advisory System - Interactive map of North Atlantic right whale sightings.
»  National Geographic- Blue Whale Migration Activity: This activity allows you to map blue whale migration and develop stories to explain their behavior.

 

Friday, March 27, 11 am EDT

The Ocean From Space with Cara Wilson, NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Monterey, CA

Satellites are amazing tools for observing the Earth and the big blue ocean that covers more than 70 percent of our planet. Scientists use data collected by satellites to monitor physical and biological changes in the ocean. Meet one of NOAA's satellite oceanographers, who will describe some of the things we have learned about our oceans by observing them from space. (Grades 3-6 but Grades 7-8 will like the topic too)
» View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)  (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» NOAA Science on a Sphere (SOS) Explorer Mobile: Download this free app from the Apple app store or google play to explore earth and space from anywhere.
» NOAA and NASA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES): Games, apps, and models to explore!  Step by step instructions on how to build your own Lego GOES-R model!
» NOAA and NASA's SciJinks, It's All About the Weather:  Satellites, atmosphere, tides and oceans, weather and more.  There are games, videos, and a lot of information including a tornado simulator.
» NOAA Satellite Data Sets (ERDDAP): For older students who love data!

 

Monday, March 30, 11 am EDT

Onward and Downward!  Exploring the Deep Ocean with Catalina Martinez, NOAA's Office of Exploration and Research (OER) in Narragansett, RI

The world ocean is essential to all life on earth, covers more than 70 percent of the planet's surface, drives global weather patterns, regulates temperature, and is a bridge that connects all continents. Throughout history, the ocean has been a vital source of sustenance, transport, commerce, joy, fear, mystery and inspiration. Yet for all of our reliance on the ocean, more than 90 percent of this vast realm remains unexplored. Join us to learn how and why NOAA explores the deep ocean!  (Grades 5-8) » View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» Nautilus Live:  Explore the ocean with Dr. Robert Ballard and the Corps of Exploration.  View photos, videos, and more from Nautilus expeditions.
» Inner Space Center:  A diverse team of ocean scientists, engineers, educators, and video producers at the University of Rhode Island's ISC to share underwater exploration in real time.  Access live video feeds and a video gallery.
» NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information Story Map:  Understanding Our Ocean with Water-Column Sonar Data
» NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research teams up with Octonauts.  Check out Octonauts and NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer!
» An article and 13-minute video- Ten years of collection ocean exploration data from the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer.

Wednesday, April 1, 11 am EDT

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors with Glenn Field, NOAA's National Weather Service in Boston/Norton, MA

Glenn, warning coordination meteorologist, will discuss and share examples of different weather phenomena, including tornadoes, hurricanes, severe thunderstorms flash floods, and especially lightning.  Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year and is the #2 weather-related killer nationwide. Glenn will show you how important it is to listen for thunder -- because when thunder roars, you should go indoors!  (Grades 3-6 but Grades 7-8 will like the topic too) » View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» Follow up questions can be directed to glenn.field@noaa.gov  The lightning strike band concert video he showed can be viewed here.
» National Weather Service:   Lightning safety tips and resources.
» National Lightning Safety Council: They promote lightning safety and awareness.
» NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory:  Severe weather 101 including lightning types.

 

Friday, April 3, 11 am EDT

Can You Hear Me Now? Marine Mammals and Sound with Genevieve Davis, NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA

Have you ever wondered what a humpback whale sounds like? How dolphins communicate? Learn from a member of our bioacoustics team about how sound travels through the ocean, what makes underwater sounds and how we listen in.  Discover why marine mammals make sound and how we use their sounds in marine mammal conservation (and hear some pretty cool sounds). (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)
» View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

»  Visit the NFSC sounds page to listen to marine mammals and learn more about them. 
»  Right Whale Listening Network: Learn about North Atlantic Right Whales and how acoustic buoys can help prevent ship strikes.
»  Voice in the Sea Call Matching Game
»  Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS): A plethora of information, videos, and resources about the science and uses of sound in the sea.
»  Macaulay Library: Cornell University's extensive archive of audio and video recordings for all types of animals.
»  Noise Tube: You can use your smart phone to monitor noise pollution yourself by participating in this research project started at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris.

 

Monday, April 6, 11 am EDT

Saildrones - Sailing the Seas for Science with Heather Tabisola, NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, WA

Have you ever seen a drone? Some people think they look like helicopters. But not all drones fly! Some sail across the water, powered by wind, collecting information on the ocean and atmosphere as they go. In this webinar, you will talk to a NOAA scientist who works with saildrones. This tough robot can spend up to a year at sea, travels through the water at up to 8 knots, and has a range of more than 16,000 nautical miles. (Grade 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)

» View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

»Since 2015, the Innovative Technology for Arctic Exploration program at PMEL has kept a blog during the saildrone Arctic field season, you can find 2019's here: https://www.pmel.noaa.gov/itae/follow-saildrone-2019
» NOAA Saildrone Research 2016 - Live Broadcast Kickoff: https://youtu.be/EholPRD-UJ4
» Experience the Saildrone Antarctic Circumnavigation with your students via a series of classroom lessons developed by Saildrone and the 1851 Trust, an innovative UK education charity committed to inspiring young people to become innovators of the future and stewards of the environment. Each lesson is tailored to fit into any STEM curriculum and supported by Saildrone’s live mission updates and regular blog posts. The lessons are free for use by teachers and educators.  https://www.saildrone.com/antarctica
» Several science blogs on saildrones:
Detecting Fish from Ocean-Going Robots to Complement Ship-Based Surveys, Detecting Fish from Ocean-Going Robots to Complement Ship-Based Surveys, Unmanned Surface Vehicles Track Marine Mammals on Extended Foraging Trips for the First Time, and Saildrones Head to the Arctic for an Arctic cod survey

 

Wednesday, April 8, 11 am EDT

Hunting Hurricanes with a NOAA Pilot with Commander Jason R. Mansour, NOAA, Aircraft Operations Center in Lakeland, FL

NOAA Corps officers serve on the sea, on land, and in the air to support NOAA's science and stewardship mission. While most pilots try to avoid flying an airplane into severe weather, NOAA Hurricane Hunters fly specially equipped aircraft into, above and around the eye of the storm to collect crucial data that improves forecasts and helps protect lives and property. Meet one of our NOAA commissioned officers and hear about his experiences flying scientists into hurricanes.  The webinar will last about 45 minutes and will be streamed via GoToWebinar with moderated questions and answers throughout. This webinar will be recorded and posted afterward.   (Grade 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)  » View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» Virtual walk through of the NOAA Gulfstream IV: http://bit.ly/360hurricanehunter
» NOAA Aircraft Operations Center: https://www.omao.noaa.gov/learn/aircraft-operations
» NOAA Commissioned Corps: https://www.omao.noaa.gov/learn/noaa-commissioned-officer-corps
» NOAA National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 

Friday, April 10, 11 am EDT

Welcome Aboard! with Commander Colin Little, Acting Commanding Officer aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer currently moored in Norfolk, VA

This webinar will introduce you to another one of NOAA's commissioned officers and a day in his life aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, one of 16 research vessels in NOAA's fleet, dedicated to exploration and discovery. Tour the bridge, mess deck, galley, staterooms, engine room, and more. (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) » View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» Okeanos Explorer Home Page with information about the ship, the team, and expeditions.
»  Submersibles Page. Commander Colin mentions remotely operated vehicles in his talk and you can learn all about them here!
» NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research teams up with Octonauts.  Check out Octonauts and NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer!
» Tour of the Okeanos Explorer (6 minutes)

 

Monday, April 13, 2 pm EDT - Alaska Week

Flying Beneath the Clouds at the Edge of the World with Katie Sweeney, NOAA's Marine Mammal Lab in the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA

Do you have a toy drone at home? Join in to learn about how the Marine Mammal Lab is using drones for learning more about wildlife. The Alaska Ecosystem Program studies Steller sea lions in Alaska using drones and we're just figuring out how we can use them to learn more about northern fur seals! (Grade 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)

» View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» Video that shows how the hex drone works (Katie uses this video in her webinar)
»  Southern Ocean seal monitoring:  Help monitor populations of seals across the world by tagging time-lapse and drone photographs.
» Science blogs on using drones:

Fur seals on Bogoslof Island: Post 4- Evolving Science on an Evolving Island - Katie's team tested two camera systems on drones on Bogoslof Island in Alaska in September 2019

Wednesday, April 15, 2 pm EDT - Alaska Week

Talking Trash with Peter Murphy, NOAA's Marine Debris Program Alaska Regional Coordinator in Seattle, WA

When you think of Alaska, you may think of bears, snow-capped peaks, and stunning glaciers (or just "home").  You can find all of that in Alaska, but also a whole lot of marine debris from all over the world.  The same things that make Alaska amazing - remote locations, rugged shorelines, and sheer size - also makes debris work different and requires innovative and creative ideas.  Come along as we talk about what people are doing to clean up and protect the Last Frontier. (Grade 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) » View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» NOAA Marine Debris Program games and activities for kids of all ages + posters and fact sheets
» NOAA Trash Talk - short videos on marine debris and what you can do.
»  Marine Debris in Alaska
»  NOAA Marine Debris Program in Your Region - Find your regional coordinator as well as state or region-specific information on current marine debris projects and activities.

 

Friday, April 17, 2 pm EDT - Alaska Week

Uncovering the Seafloor:  Charting Alaska's Waters with Lieutenant (junior grade) Michelle Levano and Pete Holmberg, both from NOAA's Office of Coast Survey in Seattle, WA

How do we collect information on ocean depths, and how does that information get on paper?   It's important for us to measure water depths and features to keep ships safe and help them navigate and sometimes we even find shipwrecks!   Together we will walk through how we measure and map the seafloor. (Grade 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) »

» View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» NOAA Office of Coast Survey educational activities.  Explore the depths of the ocean with animations, interactive games, activities, coloring pages, and more.  This includes "seafloor mapping" and "ocean in a bottle" activities.
» How to make a sounding box activity.
» Finding nautical charts.
» Search for a shipwreck game.
» StoryMap on charting in Alaska 

 

Monday, April 20, 11 am EDT

Leaping for Atlantic salmon: Protecting endangered species with Sarah Bailey, NOAA's Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office in Orono, ME

Once found as far south as Long Island Sound, today only the state of Maine still has wild runs of endangered Atlantic salmon. In Orono, Maine, NOAA Fisheries has a collection of Researchers, Engineers, and Managers that all work toward saving these fish and the ecosystems that support them. If you have ever wondered about how science helps support how we manage a species-tune in!  (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)  » View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» Northeast Fisheries Science Center: Salmon Team:  This is the Northeast Salmon Team website and has important information about the work being done by the group.
» NOAA Species in the Spotlight video on Atlantic salmon.
»  Sea-Run, Go!  Wild Atlantic salmon app for classrooms and home. After watching Sarah's webinar you are ready to play!  This activity comes with Sea-Run, Go! QR cards that you print out and place around your house!  Tape the QR codes up around your house or yard and then have your child play through the app.  They go through 11 challenges (QR codes) and get points.  They can even compete with their friends (that do the challenges at their own houses).
»  U.S. Fish and Wildlife:  Teaching kids about fish migration. There is a fun lesson, "Designing fish-friendly culverts (and bridges)" lesson for grades 5-8.
»  U.S. Fish and Wildlife:  Environmental education resources for teachers, parents, and kids.  Activities range from the "ABCs of fishing" coloring book, word searches, migration station, and more.

 

 

Wednesday, April 22, 11 am EDT

Super Storms From the Sun?! An intro to space weather with Shawn Dahl, NOAA's National Weather Service at the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, CO

Did you know that giant storms from the Sun can reach all the way to Earth?! These solar storms may affect our way of life by possibly impacting technology and in extreme cases, even the health of astronauts or other high fliers. This is known as space weather and it is of growing interest and importance to the world. If you want to learn about the sun and solar storms, join this webinar to discover more about the science of space weather!  (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) » View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» Space Weather Prediction Center
» NASA's space weather resource site.
» Space weather impacts page.
» NASA Science Space Place where kids can explore earth and space.  There are activities and experiments.
» Fun Kids digital radio and online from the UK.  This has some kid friendly information about space weather as well as a podcast to listen to.
» Shawn Dahl gives a brief overview of the Space Weather Prediction Center and its activities. 

 

Friday, April 24, 11 am EDT

Swimming Upstream with River Herring with Abigail Archer, NOAA's Woods Hole Sea Grant and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in Barnstable, MA

Most fish live only in freshwater or only in saltwater, but some special fish can swim back and forth between both! How do they do it? Why do they do it? Tune in to learn the answers and meet the awesome Alewife (also known as river herring), one of these special fish that is swimming upstream in rivers right now along the US Mid-Atlantic and New England Coasts. (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) » View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» NOAA Fisheries article, "You can help scientists count migrating river herring - virtually"
» U.S. Fish and Wildlife:  Teaching kids about fish migration. There is a fun lesson, "Designing fish-friendly culverts (and bridges)" lesson for grades 5-8.
»  U.S. Fish and Wildlife:  Environmental education resources for teachers, parents, and kids.  Activities range from the "ABCs of fishing" coloring book, word searches, migration station, and more.

» Help count the river herring:
--Mystic River, Massachusetts Herring Counter, https://www.mysticherring.org/video#/
--Town Brook, Plymouth Massachusetts Herring Counter https://www.plymouthriverherring.org/

»  Watch Live Fish Cameras:
--Herring Creek on Martha’s Vineyard https://wampanoagtribe-nsn.gov/naturalresourcedepartment 
--Town Brook, Plymouth Massachusetts Herring Counter https://www.plymouthriverherring.org/

 

Monday, April 27, 11 am EDT

Explore the World with NOAA's fun, New App with Hilary Peddicord and Beth Russell, NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratories in Boulder, CO

The SOS Explorer™ free mobile app animates the world right on your smartphone. As a pocket-size version of NOAA’s Science On a Sphere®, this free app invites you to zoom in on specific interests, from the squiggly warm and cold lines of the world's ocean currents to the power of tsunami waves, the effects of climate change, and a view of Saturn’s rings. Learn how to play with an animated globe and some of NOAA’s most fascinating facts.  (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)  » View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)
**Download the SOS Explorer in advance on your favorite mobile device if you like (just make sure you are watching the webinar on another device!)**

Resources to access at home:

» NOAA Science on a Sphere (SOS) Explorer Mobile: Download this free app from the Apple app store or google play to explore earth and space from anywhere.

 

Wednesday, April 29, 11 am EDT

Sharks Make Sense with Chris Flight, NOAA's Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Dauphin Island, AL

Sharks are some of the most successful predators in the ocean. There are hundreds of different species that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Have you ever wondered what makes them so good at what they do? We will examine several different species of sharks, talk about the variety of senses that sharks use to find their food, and get up close and personal with the jaws of one of the most common sharks swimming around Mobile Bay Alabama.  (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) » View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» OCEARCH Tracker Page - This map of tagged sharks shows you real-time, up to date locations on a variety of tagged sharks
»  Dauphin Island Sea Lab archived Facebook Live Events- These videos cover a variety of topics.  Some examples are, stingrays, alligators, crustaceans, lionfish, and many more!
» Atlantic White Shark Conservancy - This site lists all of the AWSC shark enrichment programs during school closures.
» Shark vocabulary that Chris used during his webinar.
» NOAA story: 12 Shark Facts that May Surprise You

 

Friday, May 1, 11 am EDT

The Job of a NOAA Oil Spill Response Scientist with Gary Shigenaka and Charlie Henry, both of NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration in Seattle, WA and Mobile, AL

NOAA scientists respond to more than 150 oil spills every year. It is their job to provide the best available science that guides emergency response decision making. April 2020 marked the 10 year anniversary of the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history - the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Meet two of the scientists who worked that disaster and hundreds of other emergency incidents, and learn about the different ways science is used in oil spill response. (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) »  View recorded webinar (subtitles available in English and Spanish)

Resources to access at home:

» Restoring the Gulf: 10 Years After Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill - This NOAA article has some great information, videos, infographics, top 10 questions you might ask, and more!
»  History of oil spill response at NOAA - This NOAA article gives some nice background material.

 

Monday, May 4, 11 am EDT

Getting Prepared for Hurricane Season with John Cangialosi, NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL

Did you know that the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30? Join us to learn everything you need to know about hurricanes: where and why hurricanes form, what NOAA does to make sure you have the most up to date information, how storm surge and coastal erosion can impact coastal communities, and what you can do to prepare for these potentially dangerous storms.  (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) »  View recorded webinar (subtitles available in Spanish and English)

Resources to access at home:

»  Hurricanes at Home! webinar series by the National Hurricane Center. Check out these great webinars on the NHC YouTube channel.  You may find one from your region!  (You can find the National Hurrican Center on Facebook and Twitter too)
»  National Hurricane Preparedness - This website has information on developing an evacuation plan, assembling disaster supplies, forecast information, and much more!
»  NOAA Education Resources on Hurricanes - This website has information on tropical cyclones, hurricane safety, videos, satellite imagery, historical records, and much more!
»  Create-A-Cane - Try to create ideal conditions for a hurricane by changing the winds, latitudes, moisture and sea temperature.  Try to get your score up to 80!
»  Aim a Hurricane - How many different places can you make the hurricane strike simply by changing a few conditions?
»  Find many of the resources above and a few more for teachers on the National Hurricane Center outreach page under "Opportunities for K-12 students".
»  National Weather Service Website - You can look for your local weather or click on their education tab to learn weather safety with Owlie Skywarn.
» Tropical Storm and Hurricane Names - You can see if there has been a storm with your name!

 

Wednesday, May 6, 11 am EDT

Dive In and Explore Coral Reef Ecosystems with Dana Wusinich-Mendez, NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program in West Palm Beach, FL

Coral reefs are the rainforests of the ocean. They are beautiful, diverse, and extremely important for healthy ocean ecosystems and strong communities. Learn all about coral reef ecosystems, why they matter, and what you can do to help them. (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) »  View recorded webinar (subtitles available in Spanish and English)

Resources to access at home:

» NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Education Page (Dana referred to this page and it has the 3D polyp and other activities)
» NOAA National Ocean Service Corals Tutorial
» A glimpse inside the "Valley of the Giants" shows coral heads like "Big Momma" that are protected within the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa on Ta'u. Big Momma is more than 500 years old and over 6 meters high, and has a circumference of 41 meters. This Porites coral may be the largest one in the world!
» Interactive Reef Virtual Dive - Explore this virtual reef and learn more about corals
» Bleached Reef Virtual Dive -  In early 2015, coral bleaching started in the Airport Pool on Tutuila. This image shows the staghorn corals in the midst of the severe bleaching event.
» How do corals build their reefs? Visit this California Academy of Sciences Page to learn more. (Dana shows the video from this page during the webinar)
» The coral reef economy. NOAA's page that explains how coral reefs support jobs, tourism, and fisheries.  (Dana shows the video from this page during the webinar)
»  The nation's database on sustainable seafood  Fishwatch.gov
»  National Marine Sanctuaries Virtual Dives of different reefs

 

Friday, May 8, 11 am EDT

Helping Big Ships Bring Goods into Port So You Can Have What You Need with Kyle Ward and Louis Licate, NOAA's Office of Coast Survey in Charleston, SC and Miami, FL

Scientists, engineers, and mariners use NOAA’s products and services to slide underneath bridges, navigate tight turns, and dock alongside ports so that everything from groceries to games are available in stores for you to use. Come learn about how the Office of Coast Survey keeps America’s commerce moving!  (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) »  View recorded webinar (subtitles available in Spanish and English)

Resources to access at home:

»  You can view charts in your area here:  https://www.charts.noaa.gov/InteractiveCatalog/nrnc.shtml
»  We're all connected video that Kyle showed during the webinar
»  World Map of Ship Routes YouTube Video that Kyle showed during the webinar
»  Vessel Traffic Data (AIS) for US coastal waters between 2009-2017

 

 

Monday, May 11, 11 am EDT

What's in that Mouthful of Seawater: Introducing the Ocean's Microscopic World with Vera Trainer, NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA

The ocean's microscopic single-celled organisms produce over half the world's oxygen. These phytoplankton provide clean air, draw down carbon dioxide responsible for climate change, and are a major source of food for marine creatures. However, some phytoplankton can produce chemicals that are poisonous to humans, marine mammals, and birds. These harmful algal blooms are responsible for shutting down shellfish harvest and causing fish kills around the world. This talk will provide an introduction to the beauty and danger of the microscopic marine world.  (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) »  View recorded webinar (subtitles available in Spanish and English)

Resources to access at home:

»  NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center's video, "Science at Sea - The Hunt for Killer Algae."  (20 minutes long)
»  Why Do Fish Get Sick? youtube video
»  Tabs on Habs Videos- These are an introduction to Harmful Algal Blooms and their Identification.  There is a beginner, intermediate, and advanced series of videos.
»  The National Ocean Service's Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) website. There is regional information so you can look up HABs in your area, resources such as how we forecast HABs, frequently asked questions, and more!
»  Nature Video's "Five Reasons to Thank Plankton" that Vera showed during her webinar.  Find out how much you owe these little guys.
»  WHOI website on harmful algae blooms.  This resource has maps, species, impacts, and more.
»  Download the "Phyto" app for free on your smartphone.  You can access a series of flashcards with both freshwater and marine phytoplankton.  Learn to identify phytoplankton and their proper pronunciation.

 

Wednesday, May 13, 11 am EDT

Winged Ambassadors: Ocean Travelers with Jennifer Stock, NOAA's Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Olema, CA

Seabirds that live their entire lives at sea (except for one very special time of the year!) have tremendous stories to tell about the health and ecology of the global ocean. What makes a seabird a seabird? How do we know where they live and travel on the ocean? What does your wingspan say about you? What can you do to help seabirds? Learn about the amazing travels of Black-footed and Laysan Albatrosses in the Pacific Ocean. (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)  »  View recorded webinar (subtitles available in Spanish and English)

Resources to access at home:

»  Dive in and find the National Marine Sanctuary closest to you.
»  Storymap about Birds throughout National Marine Sanctuaries - This includes migration routes, bird research, a bird tour, an interactive bird map, and more!
» Bird Watching at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary -This includes a guide to sanctuary birds and a chart of seasonal sightings.
»  Winged Ambassadors: Ocean Literacy through the Eyes of Albatross (predominantly for teachers, but includes photos, ppts, videos) http://www.downloadwingedambassadors.org/
»  National Geographic's Laysan Albatross virtual bolus dissection - Kids can use online videos and photo galleries to conduct s virtual bolus dissection.
»  Seabird and Shorebird Activity Book- The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary put together this fun book.  Seabirds secret code, shorebirds word find, seabirds mobile, and more!
»  Makani Interactive Workbook- Makani: The albatross that cares for the land- interactive story about Laysan Albatross and ocean conservation.
»  Ocean Guardian Kids Club - The Kids Club offers children a stimulating opportunity to express their insights, observations, and understanding of their natural environment through the creation of original stories, poetry, and visual art. All K-8 students are eligible and encouraged to join!
»  Cornell's Bird Cams: A virtual window into the natural world of birds.
»  Nesting Albatross video that Jennifer shows during her presentation

 

Friday, May 15, 11 am EDT

Talking Tornadoes with a Storm Researcher with Sean Waugh, NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK

Tornadoes occur all over the world and can be among some of the most damaging and destructive natural disasters. Our mission at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory is to improve our understanding of tornadoes and all aspects of severe weather. This helps forecasters at the NOAA National Weather Service better predict hazardous weather and issue forecasts, watches and warnings to save lives and reduce property damage. It takes a special team of dedicated researchers and a variety of instrumented vehicles designed just for the job! Talk with a real-life Tornado Scientist, see first hand some of the tools they use to safely study tornadoes, and get your questions answered about the science behind the storm!  (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) »  View recorded webinar (subtitles available in Spanish and English )

Resources to access at home:

»  Sean answers all your webinar questions we didn't have time for.  NOAA Live! Webinar Series Tornado FAQs
»  The National Severe Storms Laboratory website on tornadoes
»  The National Weather Service website on tornado safety
»  NOAA Storm Prediction Center where you can look at current data and predictions
»  Weather Wizkids website about tornadoes.  At the bottom, you will find experiments such as how to make a tornado in a bottle, tornado in a jar, a pressure experiment to suck an egg into a bottle, and several more.
» The National Severe Storms Laboratory Severe Weather 101 tornadoes webpage.
» Ready.gov This government website has valuable information about how to make a plan, what to put in your emergency bag, and more.  Visit their Ready Kids! website for games, tips, and more!
» YouTube video of the largest tornado in recorded history - May 31st, 2013 Multi-Vortex Tornado near El Reno, OK.  Sean shows a portion of this video during his talk.

 

Monday, May 18, 3 pm EDT

Stories in the Stone: Archaeology in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument with Malia Evans, NOAA’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hilo, Hawai'i

Take a journey to the most isolated archipelago in the world to learn how ancestral Hawaiians shared ecological and cultural observations and knowledge across time and space. This presentation and hands-on activity will explore the stones of this storied landscape, and the oral traditions and relationships contemporary Hawaiians maintain to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Weʻll conclude by designing kiʻi pōhaku (petroglyphs) that represent you, your family, or your community. (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) »  View recorded webinar (subtitles available in Spanish and English)

Resources to access at home:

»  Native Hawaiian Cultural Heritage in the Monument
»  Learn about the special name given to this unique place - You can even listen to an audio file of the pronunciation and practice at home.
»  Read about Maliaʻs journey to Papahānaumokuākea in July 2019
»  Kids activities and marine archaeology info - Find activity books and a shipwreck gameshow on this website.
»  Downloadable Map of Papahānaumokuākea
»  Learn more about Polynesian Navigation
»  Visit this page for directions on how to submit a photo of your kiʻi pōhaku (petroglyphs) as well as see all the photos we received.
»  Videos Malia showed during her webinar: History of Hokulea (~10 minutes), USGS Kilauea Volcano Helicopter Overflight July 21, 2018 (~1 minute), and Nihoa Island (~8 seconds)

 

Wednesday, May 20, 3 pm EDT

Following ‘Ō‘io: The Life of Hawaiian Bonefishes with Keith Kamikawa, NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office in Honolulu, Hawai'i

It’s easy to follow friends and family who are important to us through social media. But there is no Facebook for fish. So how do we keep track of fish species that are important to our fisheries? Hawai‘i is home to two species of bonefish, including one found nowhere else in the world. Let’s take a look at ‘ō‘io (bonefishes) in Hawai‘i, a favorite catch for local anglers, and follow them throughout their lives. By building their life history “profile,” we can learn how to protect their habitat and fish sustainably so that the next generation can enjoy a future where fishing traditions―and fish―thrive. (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy) »  View recorded webinar (subtitles available in Spanish and English)

 

Resources to access at home:

»  Pre-spawning aggregation video. (Keith shows a clip in the webinar)
»  Bonefish Reproduction Research Project video -  You can view a female releasing her eggs.
Fish with Care
»  Be a FAST (Fishing Around Seals and Turtles) responder! It’s OK to call for help! If you’re not in Hawai‘i, learn about protected animals in your area and what to do if you see a stranded marine mammal or sea turtle.
»  Measure your catch! Check out the Hawai‘i Nearshore Fishes Measuring Guide to figure out which fish to keep or release, or find out about fishing in your area.  Download the Fish Rules App for saltwater fishing regulations in Federal and State waters from Maine to Texas.
Get to Know NOAA Habitat Restoration in Your Area
»  Fish depend on healthy habitat! Check out the NOAA Habitat Restoration Atlas to find out about restoration projects in your area. The searchable map highlights projects across the nation, including community-based restoration projects.

 

Friday, May 22, 3 pm EDT

Minutes Matter: Nature's Warning Signs for Tsunami with Cindi Preller, NOAA's National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i

May 22, 2020, marks the 60th year since the 1960 Great Chilean earthquake, the largest ever measured at magnitude 9.5, which wreaked havoc across the entire Pacific Basin. Earthquakes and tsunamis have been happening globally since our planet was born. One of the earliest recorded devastating tsunami disasters happened in the Atlantic basin, in 1755, near Lisbon, Portugal. Tsunamis have no season and cannot be predicted. Nature, however, does provide us with clues. It is critical that children learn these live-saving facts since they are the best teachers and will pass these tools onto others. This presentation will provide students with tsunami, earthquake, and volcano education through a variety of games and activities. (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)  »  View recorded webinar (Spanish subtitles coming soon)

 

Resources to access at home:

»  Tsunami Hazard Maps: States and territories produce maps for their coastlines that identify tsunami inundation and evacuation areas.
»  Tsunami Education and Outreach Material: Resources available about tsunami safety, including a 2-minute fast draw animation.
»  Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Video Playlist: Collection of videos and animations from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
»  Tsunami FAQs
»  Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards
»  National Ocean Service animation - Know what to do if a tsunami hits—and the risks you face. (~2 minutes long)  Shown during the webinar.
»  UN video, "Lessons save lives: the story of Tilly Smith".  A clip of this is shown during her webinar.
»  University of Alaska Earthquake Center animations.  Generation of a tsunami, propagation, etc.  (These are used in the webinar)

 

Monday, May 25

Vote For Your Top 3 NOAA Live! Webinars for our All-Stars Show on Friday, June 12th

Help us pick the all-star speakers we are inviting back to answer more of your questions.  Vote here.

 

 

Extra Credit:

» Pick your favorite past NOAA Live! webinar and watch it on YouTube or pick a new one you haven't see yet!
» Make a drawing and write down your favorite "fun fact" you learned from a NOAA Live! Webinar.  E-mail it to Grace Simpkins at gsimpkins@whoi.edu but make sure it only has your first name on it.

 

 

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