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Maury Project Summer Workshop Training
Exploring the Physical Foundations
Summer Workshop for Master Precollege Teachers of Oceanographic Topics
July 7 - 19, 2013
United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland
United States Naval Academy
This two-week workshop is designed for master precollege teachers and supervisors of science who teach or supervise the teaching of units with significant oceanography content. The workshop is intended to (a) introduce master teachers to the physical foundations of selected oceanographic topics and issues, (b) explore and suggest ways in which these understandings and concepts can be employed in school studies, and (c) prepare workshop attendees to conduct training sessions on selected oceanography topics and issues for teachers in their home areas during the next school year and possibly participate in DataStreme Ocean Local Implementation Teams.
Each participant will be supplied with a variety of instructional resource materials, including those to be used in subsequent peer-led teacher training sessions. As the result of successful completion of workshop activities, participants will:
Held at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland, this intensive workshop will include lectures, tutorials, seminars, research cruises, hands-on laboratory exercises, and field trips. Faculty members from the USNA, and Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other scientists, and science educators will present workshop topics.The workshop will focus on the physical foundations of selected oceanographic topics and issues. The major topics presented will center on waves, tides, density- and wind-driven ocean circulations, and sea-air interactions. Issues to be explored include:
Formal workshop activity will typically extend from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Several evening meetings and a Saturday, July 13th, excursion are planned. Sunday, July 14th, will be free for sightseeing and rest.
Applicants need to be aware that the Chesapeake Bay can be a physically demanding environment for marine studies. Also, walking a half-mile or more under high summer heat and humidity conditions is routine several times each day.
Special speakers will include oceanographers and senior scientists and administrators from NOAA, Navy and NSF.
The USNA Oceanography Department will host the workshop. The USNA has the most extensive undergraduate oceanographic instructional facilities in the country. The department consists of fourteen faculty members, seven laboratories, a fully equipped 108-foot oceanographic research vessel, and two visiting faculty research positions.
Located at the mouth of the Severn River, the Hendrix Oceanography Laboratory is a multi-function enclosure featuring a NOAA Tide Station and a wet laboratory which circulates water from the Chesapeake Bay. Another laboratory complex located in Rickover Hall houses the physical, geological, biological, and general oceanographic laboratories. Rickover Hall also houses the Cooperative Project in Oceanic Remote Sensing Laboratory, a joint USNA/NOAA effort.
The Greater Chesapeake Bay region is replete with natural sites and oceanographic research facilities. During the workshop, research cruises will be made on Chesapeake Bay, NOAA research facilities will be visited, and a field trip will be made to places of oceanographic significance in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area.
Applications are invited from master teachers and supervisors of precollege science who can provide evidence they:
Participants will be selected to provide a national geographic distribution and a cross-section of school environments - inner city, urban, suburban, and rural. Teachers who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences and/or teach (or will peer train teachers who teach) significant numbers of precollege students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply.
All communications concerning the workshop and applications should be sent to:
All completed applications should be postmarked by March 15, 2013, although later submissions will be considered if workshop vacancies exist. Initial notification of workshop awards and alternates will be made by letter in early-April.
In selecting individuals for participation and otherwise in the administration of this workshop, the American Meteorological Society will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, and status as a Vietnam Era or disabled veteran.
Participants may earn three semester hours of graduate credit in ESC 672 Selected Ocean Topics through the State University of New York College at Brockport, upon satisfactory completion of the workshop and the submission of a follow-up report of their two peer-training sessions. Credit will be awarded at the end of the Fall 2013 semester and may be applied to the Master of Science in Education degree at SUNY Brockport.
Participants will be expected to stay in housing accommodations arranged by the American Meteorological Society as the workshop will be intensive and will involve several evening meetings. Informal interaction among participants during meals, evenings, and on the weekend will be an integral component of the workshop.
Housing will be located on the St. John's College campus, immediately adjacent to USNA and within walking distance to instructional facilities. Most meals will be provided via a meal plan with St. John's. St. John's College was founded in 1696 and its campus is a National Historic Landmark. Downtown Annapolis with its many sights and restaurants is close by.
Participants will be encouraged to attend without families if their presence is likely to detract from full participation. No support is provided for dependents.
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The Maury Project is an initiative of the American Meteorological Society in cooperation with the United States Naval Academy and the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (Award No: N00014-11-1-0122), and has been supported by the Teacher Enhancement Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant No. ESI-9353370).
The American Meteorological Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.