Maury Project Summer Workshop Training
Exploring the Physical Foundations
Summer Workshop for Precollege Teachers of Oceanographic Topics
July 12 - 24, 2015
United States Naval Academy
With assistance from:
United States Naval Academy
State University of New York - Brockport
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
United States Navy
SUMMER WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS
July 12 - 24, 2015.
Application Closing date March 20, 2015
The Maury Project is a two-week teacher professional development workshop designed for precollege teachers and supervisors of science who teach, or supervise the
teaching of, units with significant oceanography content.
The workshop is
Introduce teachers to the physical foundations of
Explore and suggest ways in which
these understandings and concepts can be employed in school studies
Prepare workshop attendees to conduct training sessions on selected
oceanographic topics and issues for teachers in their home regions during the next
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 peer-led teacher training
After successful completion of workshop activities,
Demonstrate knowledge of the physical
foundations of selected oceanographic topics and issues.
Show evidence of ability to analyze and interpret oceanographic
information acquired through direct and remote sensing of the ocean
Exhibit understanding of current science education research findings and
their classroom applications.
Indicate plans to promote oceanographic education in their home
regions by taking part in the in-service training of fellow teachers, especially
those who teach students who are members of groups underrepresented in the
The Maury Project is held at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, MD. This intensive workshop includes lectures, tutorials, seminars, research cruises, hands-on laboratory exercises, and field trips.
Faculty members from the USNA, Navy, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as other scientists and science educators will present workshop topics.
The workshop will focus on the physical foundations of oceanography and include the following topics:
Changing climate, sea levels and coastlines
Ocean reservoir capacity
Sea level measurement
Direct and remote sensing
El Niño and La Niña
Winds, storms, hurricanes, and storm surges
Activites typically extend from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM each day. A day long excursion is planned for Saturday, July 18th. Sunday, July 19th 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. Walking a half-mile or more in summer heat and high humidity conditions is routine several times each day.
James A. Brey, Co-Director, Maury Project, Director,
Education Program, American Meteorological Society, Washington, DC
David R. Smith, Co-Director, Maury Project, Associate
Professor and Chairman, Oceanography Department, USNA, Annapolis, MD
Andrew C. Muller, Associate Professor of Oceanography, USNA
Robert S. Weinbeck, Associate Professor, Department of the
Earth Sciences, State University of New York College at Brockport, NY
Donald E. McManus, Science Teacher. Annapolis, MD
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.
To be eligible for The Maury Project, teachers and supervisors of precollage science should:
Have sufficient college-level training to benefit from the material
Teach supervise the instruction of oceanography or an applicable course
Demonstrate leadership in teaching, curriculum development and/or
the training of fellow teachers
Help promote the teaching of oceanography in their home regions, including a minimum of two training sessions for precollege teachers upon completion of the workshop
Participants will be selected to provide a national geographic distribution and a cross-section of school environments (inner city, urban, suburban, and rural). Teachers interested in pormoting minority participation in science are strongly encouraged to apply.
All communications concerning the workshop and applications should be sent
Dr. James A. Brey, Co-Director
The Maury Project
American Meteorological Society
1200 New York Ave., NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
or faxed to:
All completed applications should be postmarked by March 20, 2015, although
late applications will be considered if workshop vacancies exist. Initial
notification of workshop awards and alternates will be made by letter.
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
Participants will 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 2015 semester and may be applied to the Master of Science in Education degree at SUNY Brockport.
Stipend of $600
Housing for twelve nights on the St. John's College campus
Round-tirp air or land travel from US home to Annapolis, MD
Instructional and laboratory supplies
Set of instructional materials
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 should attend without families as their presence is likely to detract from full participation. No support will be provided for dependents.