Accolades | Education
September 13, 2013
NOAA’s Office of Education has announced grants to four aquariums including the Aquarium of the Pacific as part of the Environmental Literacy Grants (ELG) competition for Building Capacity of Informal and Formal Educators. These awards compose one collaborative project, titled “Visualizing Change: Training and Tools to Support Informal Educators.”
This project will build educator capacity in the aquarium community and informal science education field to more effectively communicate about climate change and its impact on coastal zones and marine life. It will utilize NOAA datasets and visualizations in providing interpreters with training and strategic framing communication tools based on the best available social and cognitive research.
The Aquarium received $174,431 in funding. Other aquariums receiving funding include the New England Aquarium in Boston, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Seattle Aquarium in Seattle, Washington.
NOAA’s Office of Education increases the understanding and use of environmental information to promote stewardship and increase informed decision making by U.S. educators, students, and the public. The ELG Program is a competitive grants program that supports formal and informal education projects implemented on regional to national scales.