July 16-28 2017
National Weather Service Training Center
Kansas City, Missouri
The Project Atmosphere is a two-week teacher professional development workshop offered by the American Meteorological Society's Education Program. This project is specifically designed for K-12 teachers who teach science courses with atmospheric content.
This workshop is intended to:
Each participant will be supplied with a variety of instructional resource materials, including those to be used in peer-led teacher training sessions.
After successful completion of workshop activities, participants will:
Project Atmosphere will be held at the U.S. National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The intensive workshop includes lectures, tutorials, seminars, hands-on laboratory exercises, and field trips. National Weather Service and other NOAA personnel will present a variety of topics dealing with the sensing, analyzing, and forecasting of weather. Presentations will be articulated with science content and weather education presentations led by workshop faculty.
The workshop will include the following topics:
Activities typically extend from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm each day.
The National Weather Service Training Center (NWSTC) will host the Workshop. NWSTC is one of the best equipped meteorological training facilities in the world. It has computerized weather information systems found in NWS forecast offices, satellite and weather radar display systems, and a meteorology laboratory, and is outfitted with classrooms, laboratories, and a full staff of instructors and support personnel. NWSTC is collocated with the NWS Central Region Headquarters and the NWS Aviation Weather Center which is responsible for commercial and private aviation forecasting for the entire United States.
To be eligible for Project Atmosphere, teachers and supervisors of science at the K-12 level should:
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 promoting minority participation in science are strongly encouraged to apply.
All communications concerning the workshop and applications should be sent or faxed to:
American Meteorological Society
1200 New York Ave NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
All completed applications should be postmarked by March 27, 2017, although later submission will be considered if workshop vacancies exist. Initial notification of workshop awards and alternates will be made via letter.
In selecting individuals for participation and otherwise in the administration of this workshop, the AMS 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 disabled veteran.
Participants may earn three semester hours of graduate credit in EAS 514: Selected Topics in Atmospheric Studies through the California University of Pennsylvania, upon satisfactory completion and the submission of a follow-up report on their weather education activities.
Credit will be awarded at the end of the Fall 2017 semester and may be applied to a post-baccalaureate certificate from California University's School of Graduate Studies and Research.
Participants will be expected to stay in hotel accommodations arranged by the AMS as the Workshop will be intensive and will involve several evening meetings. Informal interaction among participants will be an integral component of the workshop.
Participants should attend without families as their presence is likely to detract from full participation. No support will be provided for dependents.