DataStreme Atmosphere

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.

Check out the public DataStreme Atmosphere website.

Who can participate?

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.

How is the course conducted?

DataStreme operates through the combined efforts of hundreds of people working together to provide a unique enhancement opportunity for K-12 teachers. It is also made available via partnership with California University of Pennsylvania and their Global Online initiative ( The courses through which teacher-participants earn graduate credit are managed via an online learning management system, called Desire2Learn (D2L). All digital course materials provided by AMS are delivered through this online portal. Course assessments are also available on this platform.

DataStreme courses are mentored by Local Implementation Teams (LITs) across the country. LITs, typically composed of three members, coordinate the selection and management 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 (if available), individually mentors participants on course concepts and activities, 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, engages California University of Pennsylvania and its course delivery, and administers the overall project.

What does it cost to participate?

Each 2018-2019 school year participant is required to pay an academic fee of $105 payable to the AMS Education Program. This fee is non-refundable. Instructions on how to pay the fee will be distributed after acceptance to the course.

What equipment do I need for DataStreme?

You will need access to a computer and high-speed Internet connection. 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. Course registration with California University of Pennsylvania will provide you with your own Cal U email address and other student resources and benefits available to all students at the University. Technical requirements for course engagement can be found here:

What will I need to do if I am selected for a DataStreme course?

  • Attend any scheduled course meetings arranged by the LIT in your region
  • Engage online learning modules via DataStreme delivery of real-time information throughout the course
  • Successfully complete online learning activities each week through D2L
  • Complete assigned readings from a textbook and eInvestigations Manual and submit weekly progress reports
  • Interact regularly with your LIT mentor by phone, email, or online discussion threads to discuss course progress
  • Develop action plans for becoming a Resource Teacher

What does DataStreme do for me?

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:

  • Learn science fundamentals via a unique electronically delivered distance-learning course that emphasizes the study of Earth system science as it happens.
  • Become your school's representative as part of a major national science education program conducted by the American Meteorological Society in close cooperation with NOAA and NASA.
  • Develop computer-based real-time environmental information acquisition and analysis skills.
  • Receive resource and reference materials for your professional library. Discover ways to instill the excitement of current real-world science events across the K-12 STEM curriculum.
  • Develop collegial working relationships with DataStreme, LIT members, and other course participants.

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.

What materials does DataStreme supply?

  • DataStreme etextbook and eInvestigations Manual
  • Electronically-delivered daily data and learning materials based on current weather, ocean and/or climate events.

What must I do after a DataStreme course?

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.

How do I apply for a DataStreme course?

  • Complete an Application Form for the DataStreme course of your choice (participants may only take one DataStreme course per semester).
  • Submit your application to the nearest DataStreme LIT Leader and request information for the next offering of a DataStreme course.
  • If there is no LIT listed near you or in your state, look at our Online LIT Leader list for opportunities to participate on an online course, or send an email to for assistance.
  • You will be notified of the status of your application by the local LIT leader. Enrollment is limited and selection is based on a number of criteria.
  • Once accepted, students must register for the respective graduate course at California University of Pennsylvania, identifying their LIT and specific mentor.

NOAA, NASA and NSF support DataStreme. 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.