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Global climate change, rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, collapsing fisheries, and habitat losses are real threats to the American economy and way of life. At the same time, America's youth continue to fall further behind their global peers in science and math, resulting in the threat of a future where fewer Americans are prepared for careers that will address these challenges. Congress recognized this perilous track and passed the America COMPETES (Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science) Act of 2007, which gives NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) a broad mandate to educate the public about ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, and atmospheric science and stewardship. As a world leader in understanding these realms and how they impact the public's health, the economy, and the future, NOAA embraces this opportunity to expand everyone's understanding and stewardship of the Earth's natural systems. Built on its long-standing history of educational excellence, this Education Strategic Plan outlines NOAA's approach and continued commitment to educate the American public and increase environmental literacy. The Plan represents an agency-wide collaborative effort of NOAA educators, administration, and staff, and includes significant input from the external community. It presents strategies to motivate this nation's citizens, and to provide opportunities and incentives for them to pursue careers related to NOAA's mission. A glossary is included.

Descriptors: Careers, Strategic Planning, Weather, Environmental Education, Educational Quality, Climate, Federal Legislation, Science Education, Competition, Educational Planning, Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement, Readiness, Oceanography, Marine Education, Sustainability, Environment

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Autor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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