The AMS Education Program receives support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Society to conduct DataStreme teacher professional development programs in the weather, ocean, and climate content areas, with a strong focus on school and community leadership. Since 1996, DataStreme courses have directly trained more than 21,000 teachers, impacting nearly 200,000 additional teachers and several million K-12 students. The DataStreme courses are conducted primarily online through a collaboration between AMS, California University of Pennsylvania, and a national network of peer-trainers. The courses are directed toward middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers. DataStreme Atmosphere focuses on the study of the atmospheric environment, DataStreme Ocean explores the ocean in the Earth system, and DataStreme Earth's Climate System (ECS) incorporates inquiry-based instructional strategies and a holistic concept of Earth from oceanic, atmospheric and terrestrial climate and problem-focused perspectives.
Designed to train teachers to promote the teaching of STEM concepts through weather, this course focuses on the atmospheric environment, its interaction with other components of the Earth system and the implications of those interactions on humankind.
This STEM course explores the ocean in the Earth system. Participants will study the flow of water and energy into and out of the ocean and the internal properties and dynamics of the ocean system. This includes interactions between the ocean and the hydrosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere, biosphere and society.
This STEM course undertakes a systematic study of climate, climate variability, and climate change. Participants will come to understand spatial variations in climate as it responds to mechanisms internal and external to the Earth system.