Resources for Science Olympiad
Science Olympiad is a national STEM competition dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing interest and engagement in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by students and teachers. Science Olympiad tournaments involve students at multiple levels and emphasize teamwork, problem solving, and hands-on learning practices. For more information about Science Olympiad, visit www.soinc.org
NOAA sponsors the Meteorology event for Science Olympiad's Division B (grades 6-9), which emphasizes current topics in weather and climate sciences. In addition, NOAA is committed to providing scientific data, education materials, and other content resources for other Science Olympiad events focused on earth system science. The resources included in this collection are intended to support coaches and students preparing for the 2014 Meteorology event and other 2014 Science Olympiad events.
Meteorology: Climate (Division B)
Education Resources focused on understanding climatic processes and the resulting
impacts of a changing climate.
Education Resources focused on the state of the atmosphere at a given point in time
and geographic location.
Resource that provides an overview of the difference between weather and climate.
Climate categories based upon general temperature profile related to latitude.
Information on how the climate system works.
NOAA’s climate monitoring activities.
Understanding the difference between climate change and global warming.
Composition of the atmosphere.
How the Earth balances incoming energy from the Sun and outgoing energy from the
Interactive to help understand the different climate zones.
The role the ocean plays in in regulating the weather and climate of the planet.
The ocean heat content and the role it plays in climate.
Provides data about factors that could potentially affect climate.
Human impacts on climate.
A description of greenhouse gasses.
Key findings on global climate change.
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Dynamic Planet: Oceanography (Division B/C)
Education Resources focused on exploring the physical and chemical properties of the ocean and its adjacent ecosystems.
A description of the many disciplines within oceanography.
Description and properties of sea water.
A description of where the salt in the ocean comes from.
Description of what happens to sea water at low temperatures.
Descriptions of each of the ocean layers.
Lessons/activities on plate tectonics.
Map of the tectonic plates.
Description of how coral reefs form and descriptions of the different types of coral reefs.
Descriptions of the three main types of coral reefs: fringing, barrier, and atolls.
Descriptions of waves and currents.
A description of what drives oceanic currents.
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