DataStreme Ocean 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 Ocean is designed to enhance public understanding of the ocean in the Earth system. The course places special emphasis on the flow and transformations of water and energy into and out of the ocean, the internal properties and workings of the ocean, interactions between the ocean and other components of the Earth system, as well as the societal impacts and responses to those interactions. 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 Ocean course has a strong leadership component and is designed to be the initial step in the training of Ocean 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 Ocean website.
DataStreme courses are directed towards middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers. Teachers of any subject who have an interest in promoting the teaching of Earth Science across the curriculum may apply. Participation is sought from persons who can demonstrate potential for leadership as teacher leaders. They must be willing to act as resource persons for other teachers and as advocates for promoting the use of web-based 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 many dedicated 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 (http://www.calu.edu/ams). 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 teams of dedicated teacher leaders and scientists across the country. Mentor Teams provide personal contact and mentoring to approximately eight teacher participants each semester. Each team mentors participants on course concepts and activities, advertises the local course availability, and may arrange and hold in person or virtual field trips and enrichment opportunities beyond the core curriculum. Each team is ideally composed of an experienced K-12 teacher, a professional oceanographer, hydrologist, meteorologist or environmental scientist, and/or a faculty member.
DataStreme Central, located at the AMS Education office, is a team that develops and provides instructional materials, gives logistical support to the Mentor Teams, engages California University of Pennsylvania and overall course delivery, and administers the program.
The total cost of DataStreme Courses for the 2019-2020 academic year will be $450/semester (only $350 for AMS members. Note that K-12 teacher annual membership in the Society is $57). The DataStreme course fee covers all course materials including textbooks, university academic fees, as well as the three tuition-free graduate credits per course. The fee is non-refundable. Instructions on paying the course fee will be distributed after acceptance to the course. By leveraging grant funding, each DataStreme course costs participants a fraction of total tuition value of over $1900 per semester (as of spring 2019).
You will need 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. 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: https://www.calu.edu/online/technical-requirements.aspx
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:
The goal of DataStreme is to empower resource teacher leaders 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 leader, 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.
California University of Pennsylvania awards graduate-level academic credit for DataStreme courses. NOAA and the AMS provide financial support for the program.