Please Help Young People Explore Science Across the U.S.

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Louisa Koch
Director, NOAA Education
Please Help Young People Explore Science Across the U.S.
Science competitions are a great way to help young people explore new areas of science and develop skills in critical thinking and teamwork.   Please consider volunteering for one of the exciting opportunities described below:
Science Olympiad
Science Olympiad is a national STEM competition that involves teams of students in hands-on science and engineering activities.  Each year, over six thousand middle- and high-school teams from all 50 states participate in 320+ invitational, regional, state and national tournaments.  In 2012, NOAA became the official sponsor of Science Olympiad’s Meteorology event, which emphasizes current topics in weather and climate science.  As part of this sponsorship, NOAA employees are encouraged to contribute their knowledge and expertise as coaches, event supervisors, or tournament volunteers for local, state, and national Science Olympiad competitions.  NOAA employees are also invited to assist with professional development workshops for Science Olympiad teachers and coaches around the country.
If you are interested in volunteering, please visit Science Olympiad’s Volunteers homepage ( to learn more about available volunteer opportunities and to find contact information for Science Olympiad coordinators in your state.  You can also contact Sarah Yue ( to find out more about how you can help.  If you currently volunteer for Science Olympiad or intend to begin volunteering this year, we’d appreciate it if you could send a quick note to ( to let us know.
Science Fairs
NOAA’s Office of Education provides the “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” Award to all domestic regional and state science fairs affiliated with the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition. The NOAA awards are given to students (middle or high school) whose research best supports NOAA’s Science, Service, and Stewardship Mission: "To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources." 

Every year NOAA is asked to provide judges to these fairs, which typically occur between December and March. This is where you can help! If you have a background in science or science education and are interested in volunteering as a NOAA judge, please visit the following page for more information, including how to find a science fair near you:
(Note: This link will take you to a page with a header that states “There is a problem with this website's security certificate”.  Please click on the "Continue to this website” link from this page and then sign in with your NOAA e-mail user name and password).  Also, you can contact the NOAA science fair team ( if you have specific questions.


If you are already planning to serve as a judge, click here to learn more about the NOAA award and to inform us of your service.
Thank you for your support!


Louisa Koch
Director, NOAA Education
Find out more about NOAA Education at: www.Education.NOAA.Gov

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