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An NCCOS scientist assists students with squid dissection at a NOAA Education Day event.

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) develops and shares high–quality science through technology transfer, technical assistance, and educational efforts. NCCOS seeks to educate present and future generations of scientists, coastal managers, and informed citizens about the coastal ocean, its resources, and the importance of protecting it. These educational materials are provided to increase environmental literacy on issues important to NCCOS and NOAA.

Lionfish Education and Outreach

Learn how NCCOS teamed up with a high–tech multimedia company to educate and raise public awareness about the presence of the Indo–Pacific lionfish along the U.S. East Coast.

Fish Gut Chromatography and other Chemistry Activities (High School)

These activities focus on specific requirements for all levels of chemistry and marine science curricula but are based on real–life environmental science projects at the Holings Marine Laboratory (HML). Developed during the summer of 2007 by chemistry and marine science teachers working with HML scientists, the activities may be customized for use in your classroom. Each contains background information, student activities and assessments. "Fish Gut Chromatography" was a cooperative project between NCCOS's HML and the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium.

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A Fourth Grade Teacher's Research Experience (For Grades 3–8)

Anna Hilton's Research Journal is written for fourth graders to follow their teacher’s research experience through the pluff mud (a local type of special mud) in Charleston, S.C. while working at NCCOS’s Hollings Marine Laboratory. This photo journal includes links to background materials and a vocabulary page. Hilton participated in the ARMADA project during the summer of 2006. ARMADA provides teachers with research and mentoring experiences.

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Rising Tides: What is a Harmful Algal Bloom?

"Rising Tides" is a NASA oceanographic education journal funded by NOAA, developed with high school science teachers and students in mind. The journal focuses on the biological aspects of coastal oceanography with an emphasis on research technology. Pat Tester, a researcher from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, contributed the chapter "What is a Harmful Algal Bloom?" and accompanying material.

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National Ocean Service Discovery Centers

The Discovery Centers contain a series of products developed for educators and students at the high school level, but easily adaptable for students at the middle school or undergraduate levels. Discovery Center resources include Discovery Kits, Discovery Stories, and the Discovery Classroom.

Discovery Kits

Discovery Kits describe the scientific principles underlying the applied science and activities of NOAA Ocean Service. Discovery Kits contain interactive tutorials, roadmaps to data roadmaps, and lesson plans in each Discovery Kit are designed to work together, but are comprehensive enough to be used on their own. Current topics include:

Discovery Stories

Discovery stories are case studies in coastal and ocean science drawn from research conducted NOAA Ocean Service (NOS) scientists. These stories provide opportunities to learn through inquiry and are accompanied by supporting resources, including student and teacher guides, interactive quizzes, exercises with real data, and interviews with NOS scientists that explore how scientists think. Current topics include:

Discovery Classroom

The Discovery Classroom is a collection of inquiry–based, formal lesson plans based on the major thematic areas of the NOAA Ocean Service Web site. The lesson plans emphasize hands–on activities using online data resources and are correlated to National Science Education Standards and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Benchmark for Science Literacy.

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Resources Across NOAA and its Partners

NOAA's Education Website

NOAA's many educational activities are distributed across the agency. This site has been designed to help students, teachers, librarians and the general public access the many educational activities, publications, and booklets that have been produced

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National Estuarine Research Reserves

Most National Estuarine Research Reserves provide K–12 education, ranging from hands–on field experiences for students to professional teacher development opportunities. Reserve educators also provide regularly scheduled public programs and special events, and they are always eager to partner with schools, community–based organizations and volunteers.

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National Marine Sanctuaries

The National Marine Sanctuaries Education for Students offers information and hands–on activities in ocean, watershed, technology and marine careers topics; for students of all levels. Regional field experiences for students and teachers. Online resources include: virtual Sanctuary field trips, virtual expeditions and discovery classrooms. Some address national standards and state standards. This site is for both students and teachers.

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NOAA Education Resource Collection

The NOAA Education Resource Collection within the Bridge Ocean Science Education Resource Center is a selection of exemplary NOAA resources that have been reviewed by educators and selected as particularly well–suited for educational purposes.

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NOAA's Teacher–at–Sea Program

The mission of the NOAA Teacher–at–Sea (TAS) program is to give teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and to increase their level of environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience. The program provides a unique environment for learning and teaching by sending kindergarten through college–level teachers to sea aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew.

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