The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the United States government agency with a mission of science, service, and stewardship. Its mission touches the lives of every American, protecting life and property and conserving and protecting natural resources. NOAA's "Taking the Pulse of the Planet" awards recognize outstanding projects in ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences with cash awards and a first prize summer internship.
NOAA's Office of Education is a proud supporter of student research on issues related to the agency's mission. To raise awareness of Earth sciences, NOAA offers "Taking the Pulse of the Planet" awards at the Intel ISEF, as well as at local and regional U.S. science fairs. Through these awards, NOAA encourages students to pursue research and careers related to NOAA's mission and recognizes their outstanding projects in ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences.