The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is partnering with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers program (21st CCLC) to bring exciting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities to student participants. This nationwide partnership includes programs offered at 37 21st CCLC sites across the seven geographic areas served by the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program. Participating students will have opportunities to actively explore and better understand the aquatic ecosystem in their region during out-of-school time.
Students at 21st CCLC sites participating in the NOAA program will take part in local field studies that incorporate components of NOAA Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). Working directly with scientists around the country, these students will increase their understanding of watersheds and related ocean, coastal, riverine, estuarine, and Great Lakes ecosystems as well as strategies to help protect and restore these environments.