DataStreme Atmosphere is a 13-week course offered twice a year to selected participants nationwide. Directed towards middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers, DS Atmosphere is designed to enhance public understanding of the atmospheric portion of the Earth system and its interaction with people. The course utilizes electronically transmitted environmental data and learning materials, including text readings and related investigations. Created and sustained with major support from NOAA, the DS Atmosphere course has a strong leadership component and is designed to be the initial step in the training of Weather Resource Teachers across the nation. Successful participants will become their school’s representative as part of a national science education program conducted by the American Meteorological Society.
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DataStreme courses are directed towards middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers who live in an area served by a Local Implementation Team (LIT). Teachers of any subject who have an interest in promoting the teaching of Earth Science across the curriculum may apply. Applications are sought from persons who can demonstrate potential for leadership as resource teachers. They must be willing to act as resource persons for other teachers and as advocates for promoting the use of electronically-delivered environmental data in schools.
Teachers who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, or teachers who are teaching in schools with large numbers of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are especially urged to apply.
DataStreme operates through the combined efforts of hundreds of people working together to provide a unique enhancement opportunity for K-12 teachers.
DataStreme courses are offered through Local Implementation Teams (LITs) across the country. LITs, typically composed of three members, coordinate the selection and delivery of the course to approximately eight teacher participants each semester. Each team advertises the local course availability, recruits and selects participants, arranges and holds local meetings, individually mentors participants on course concepts and activities, administers participant evaluations, and assists in developing Resource Teacher action plans. Each LIT is composed of at least one master K-12 teacher and most include one professional oceanographer, hydrologist, meteorologist or environmental scientist.
DataStreme Central, located at the AMS Education office, is a team that develops instructional materials, provides logistical support to the LITs, conducts the credit-bearing course in which most DataStreme participants enroll, and administers the overall project.
You will need access to a computer connected to the Internet and a printer. If you are reading this on-screen with your own equipment and you can print it out, you are essentially ready for DataStreme participation. An email account to communicate with your LIT mentor is also helpful.
You will be prepared to act as your school's education resource person in the topic of your DataStreme course. By successfully completing a DataStreme course, you will:
All participants are enrolled in a 3 semester-hour graduate course through the California University of Pennsylvania. Credit is awarded upon successful completion of course requirements the same semester as the course is taken.
The goal of DataStreme is to empower Resource Teachers with the knowledge and capabilities to transform a virtually endless stream of environmental data into exciting and creative learning experiences for students. As a Resource Teacher, you will be expected to introduce other teachers, administrators, parents, and members of the community to the benefits of utilizing electronically-delivered environmental data streams as vehicles for learning across the STEM curriculum.
AMS Education expects to develop a long-term working relationship with DataStreme course participants. The goal is to promote scientific literacy by motivating teachers and through them, their students, to develop and nurture an active interest in STEM topics.
NOAA, NASA and NSF support DataStreme. The California University of Pennsylvania awards graduate-level academic credit for DataStreme courses. AMS provides financial support for the program and encourages its membership to take part as LIT members.