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. In 2012, nearly 6,400 middle- and high-school teams from all 50 states participated in 320+ invitational, regional, state and national tournaments involving approximately 200,000 students.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 2013 Meteorology event and
other 2013 Science Olympiad events.
Meteorology: Everyday Weather (Division B)
This resource collection highlights the patterns and major factors that influence
global weather systems, including global winds, pressure systems, jetstreams,
and weather fronts. Resources on this page, which include multimedia, lessons
and activities, real-world data, background information, and career profiles,
help build understanding of how global systems link to regional and local
This resource collection provides information about daily weather observations,
measurements and forecasts. Topics encompass weather data, weather station
instrumentation, satellites, radar, weather maps, cloud charts, severe weather
and weather safety. Resources on this page include multimedia, lessons and
activities, real-world data, background information, and career profiles.
JetStream, the National Weather Service Online Weather School, is designed
to help anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety. The
information contained in JetStream is arranged by subject and includes lessons
on global and large scale weather patterns, air masses, wind patterns, cloud
formations, and severe weather.
This page contains links to web resources that have been vetted and
recommended by the American Meterological Society (AMS), a NOAA partner
and grantee. The page is sorted by topic and includes resources focused on U.S.
and international weather.
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Dynamic Planet: Glaciation and Long-Term Climate Change (Division B/C)
This website, jointly sponsored by NOAA, NASA, and the National Science
Foundation, provides background information about glaciers, science and data
resources, and photo galleries showing glacier types, features, and landforms.
This website shows data on the changes in glacier extent and volume as an
indicator of Arctic change. The site also contains links to references and
websites that provide additional information on glaciers’ response to a changing
This site provides information and resources about historical glaciation,
including links to visualizations of Ice Age ice coverage and sea level maps.
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Water Quality: Freshwater and Estuaries (Division B/C)
This resource collection provides real-time and historic data sources that track and measure the water in different portions of the water cycle. Satellite images show water vapor in the atmosphere, and interactive maps can be searched to show precipitation, snow depths, river flows and evaporation rates. Included are also lessons, games, and hands on activities that model the complexity of the cycle. The Background resources allow students to investigate the water cycle holistically and in its individual parts.
This resource collection provides insight into how scientists measure and predict the flow of water through a watershed and the linkage to watershed flooding and pollution. Hands-on field activities, watershed data, and multimedia resources help to illustrate these watershed concepts.
This collection contains a broad range of resources about estuaries, including multimedia, lessons and activities, real-world data, and background information. Topics include estuary food webs, monitoring estuarine water quality, and the role of estuaries in the life cycles of aquatic species.
This estuary education site provides scientific information and real-time data about estuarine environments. The website's features include a video gallery, interactive data sets, curriculum resources for middle and high-school students, and Estuary Literacy Principles and Concepts.
This Web site features five activities at different levels to help students learn about monitoring water quality using real data. The site also provides helpful links to other NOAA education resources related to water quality and estuaries.
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