Data in the Classroom

Using real-time or near-real-time data is a great way to help students learn about their ecosystem. Learning about science through what’s happening at a buoy near them can inspire students to dive deeper into oceanography, meteorology, fisheries biology, and much more.

We strive to connect students, teachers, and other educators to data by supporting programs that use data in the classroom. For example:

  • Using data in the classroom—and in the field—can help educators deliver a meaningful watershed educational experience (MWEE). Learn more in this Chesapeake Bay Program video.
  • NOAA Environmental Science Training Center webinars and workshops give educators the tools and training they need to take their use of data in the classroom to the next level. Topics have included using data to understand estuaries and our changing climate, how to meaningfully incorporate data collection and interpretation into K-12 classrooms, and how to get involved with community science projects.
  • The data exploration mapper at NOAA’s Chesapeake Exploration website lets students, teachers, and others dive into CBIBS and other data. 

For more information on how you can use data in the classroom, contact Krysta Hougen at