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

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: Everyday Weather (Division B)

Hurricane Collection (NOAA Education)

This resource collection provides information about tropical cyclones, focusing on hurricanes. Topics encompass history and science of tropical cyclone prediction, preparing for hurricanes, hurricane tracking, climatology of hurricanes, real-time data, and career profiles.


Tornado Collection (NOAA Education)

This resource collection provides information about what tornadoes are, their impacts and how to be prepared. Topics encompass how they form, forecasting, safety, recent and long term/historical data, and career profiles.

Weather Observations

Weather Observations Collection (NOAA Education)

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.

NOAA JetStream

NWS JetStream

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.

NWS JetStream Thunderstorms

NWS JetStream Thunderstorms

This page, which is part of the National Weather Service Jetstreme site, focuses on thunderstorm formation, types, hazards and prediction.

NSSL Severe Weather 101

NSSL Severe Weather 101

This site provides questions and answers about weather phenomena, including tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, floods, damaging winds and winter weather.

National Severe Storm Laboratory

National Severe Storm Laboratory

This site provides severe storm information and resources including facts, safety, data, and programs.

Tropical Storm

Tropical Storm FAQ

Detailed FAQ regarding all types of tropical storms.

Hurricane Andrew

Hurricane FAQ

Detailed Hurricane FAQ.

Atmospheric Rivers

Atmospheric Rivers

This site provides details on atmospheric rivers, including definition, facts, and real-time data.

Back to the Top

Dynamic Planet: Glaciation and Long-Term Climate Change (Division B/C)

National Snow and Ice Data Center

All About Glaciers (National Snow and Ice Data Center)

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.

NOAA Arctic Research Program

Arctic Change: Ice – Glaciers (NOAA Arctic Research Program)

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 climate.

NOAA Paleoclimatology Program

Glaciation (NOAA Paleoclimatology Program)

This site provides information and resources about historical glaciation, including links to visualizations of Ice Age ice coverage and sea level maps.

Climate Monitoring

Climate Monitoring

Educational resources that are focused on the basics of climate and the methods, tools, and data that are used to monitor, measure, and study climate change.

Back to the Top

Water Quality: Division B/C

Water Cycle

Water Cycle Collection (NOAA Education)

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.

Watersheds, Flooding, and Pollution Collection (NOAA Education)

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.

Life in an Estuary Collection (NOAA Education)

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.

Estuary Education (NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System)

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.

Data in the Classroom: Monitoring Estuarine Water Quality (NOAA Ocean Data Education (NODE) Project)

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.

Coastal Management: Water Quality

This site explains the differences between point source pollution and nonpoint source pollution, and the affects they have on coastal resources.

NOAA Ocean Service Education Corals Roadmap

These online resources are meant to guide students and educators to topics presented in the online coral tutorial. Many of the Web pages listed reside within larger Web sites. You may wish to browse each Web site to examine other available resources.

NOAA Ocean Service Education Estuaries Roadmap

This is the Home Page of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS.) Through the NERRS home page you can access general information about the NERRS Program, read detailed information about the location and activities of each of the 26 NERRS sites throughout the United States, and access each reserve’s individual Web site. There is also information about training and fellowship opportunities, as well as restoration initiatives, invasive species, and links to additional organizations that deal with estuaries.

NOAA Ocean Service Education Pollution Roadmap

The following resources have been compiled to provide you with additional information and specific data related to the Nonpoint Source Discovery Kit Tutorial. The resources have been grouped into four major categories. Click on the link below to go to the beginning of that category.

NOAA Ocean Facts

This site provides information on different types of ocean life.

Back to the Top