NOAA database to provide resources for parents and teachers

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The new database is part of a company-wide effort to help students prepare for the new school year.

BUFFALO, NY – As students prepare to return to school, teachers and parents will have an all-new resource to help them in and out of the classroom.

Last month, NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, unveiled a new database as part of its “Back to school” initiative that offers all kinds of resources for a wide variety of subjects and grade levels. The searchable database includes everything from lesson plans to actual NOAA research and data that can be used in the classroom.

There are also printable worksheets, coloring pages, and posters on topics ranging from space weather to Great Lakes ecology, all under the NOAA umbrella. And the best part? All of these resources are free!

In anticipation of the new school year Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Elyse Smith was able to speak with Bekkah Lampe, Outreach and Education Coordinator for NOAA Education. Bekkah talked about the development of this database and the purpose it can serve in the classroom.

“NOAA is really a data collection agency and then we provide that data and information to anyone who wants to use it,” said Lampe. “Many educators are under great pressure to use more and more scientific data, and this can be really meaningful for students when they examine real scientific data rather than information modeled or created for them. But in the world real, there are variables, there are things that change, so having that experience to look at our data from an educational point of view is really useful and really important.

Bekkah also mentioned how the data and content are interdisciplinary, using an example of how climate change affects the weather, but also social studies and social science. For more information on NOAA’s “Back to School” initiative, click here. To access the new database, click here.

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