New Earth/Space Resources from NOAA and Science Olympiad
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has teamed up with Science Olympiad to provide in-depth and up-to-date resources for Meteorology (Everyday Weather), Dynamic Planet (Glaciation and Long-Term Climate Change) and Water Quality (Freshwater and Estuaries). As a new feature on their education website, NOAA has created a dedicated page for Science Olympiad with multimedia links, lessons, activities, real-world data and career profiles. For 2013, NOAA will act as the official sponsor for the Meteorology event, providing teacher training, educational resources and multimedia content development.
In the September 2012 NSTA Reports section "What's New from U.S. Government Sources," the article notes that "students can browse the National Snow and Ice Data Center website, All About Glaciers, to find background information about glaciers, science and data resources, and photo galleries showing glacier types, features and landforms."
At the 2012 Science Olympiad Summer Institute, NOAA's Sarah Yue and Ken Waters, Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the Phoenix National Weather Service (NWS) Office, demonstrated a tethered weather balloon, led teachers in field-testing their homemade anemometers and discussed how weather data is collected and analyzed. Look for more NWS/NOAA professionals at Science Olympiad coaches workshops across the US this fall.