DataStreme Earth's Climate System

DataStreme ECS 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, DataStreme ECS is designed to enhance public understanding of the global climate system. The course takes a holistic approach to Earth's climate from an oceanic, atmospheric and terrestrial perspective with special emphasis on the human interaction with these processes. The course utilizes electronically transmitted environmental data and learning materials, including text readings and related investigations. Created and sustained with major support from NASA, the DataStreme ECS course has a strong leadership component and is designed to be the initial step in the training of ECS 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 Earth's Climate System website.

Who can participate?

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.

How is the course conducted?

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 ( 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.

What does it cost to participate?

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).

What equipment do I need for DataStreme?

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:

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

  • 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 mentor by phone, email, or online discussion threads to discuss course progress
  • Develop action plans for becoming a resource teacher leader

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:

  • Be a part of highly-respected, rigorous earth science professional development graduate courses in weather, ocean, and climate science in an online format, leveraging live data you can use immediately in your classroom.
  • Increase your understanding of important earth science concepts while leveraging a dedicated mentoring team of education and scientific experts throughout the semester-long graduate courses. The mentor/coaching model allows you individual feedback on challenging material and the opportunity to leverage relationships for future collaboration.
  • Earn three (3) graduate credits upon successful completion of course requirements and produce, and have access to, peer-reviewed lesson plans.
  • Create opportunities to be an earth science leader and local expert in your school, district, and state. Materials not only invigorate your own confidence in teaching these topics, but also align with the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas for Earth and Space Science, specifically ESS2.C, ESS2.D, ESS3.B, ESS3.C, and ESS3.D. Addresses NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Energy and Matter, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change.
  • Have access to tech support, access to Microsoft Office Suite365, library services, and more
  • Have the opportunity to earn a AMS DataStreme Certificate from CalU after completing 3 of the 5 AMS PD courses.
  • Have the option to apply all 3 DataStreme course credits (total of 9) toward a Cal U Masters of Educational Leadership: Weather and Climatology creating a reduced cost path to a fully online Master's degree.
  • Increase your competitiveness for renowned AMS summer residential graduate professional development workshop opportunities in weather and physical oceanography (Project Atmosphere and the Maury Project respectively). These courses also come with 3 graduate credits, field experience, and access to national experts and generous stipends. All travel costs are covered and participants are responsible for only the academic fee.

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 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.

How do I apply for a DataStreme course?

  • Visit the DataStreme Interest Form page and fill out the Google Form so that you can be matched with a Mentor Team.
  • Please indicate on the form which of the three DataStreme courses you are most interested in taking during this semester (Atmosphere, Ocean, or Earth's Climate System), as participants may only take one DataStreme course per semester.
  • After you have successfully submitted your information on the Google Form, one of our Mentor Team Leaders will reach out to you with more information about participating in the upcoming semester.
  • Please contact if you do not hear back from one of our Mentor Team Leaders within 2 weeks of submitting your form.
  • Enrollment is limited, although we do our best to accommodate as many participants as possible each semester.
  • Once you are successfully paired with a DataStreme Mentor Team, instructions on how to proceed with the payment and Cal U registration processes will be shared with you (as soon as the process for the upcoming semester begins).

California University of Pennsylvania awards graduate-level academic credit for DataStreme courses. NOAA and the AMS provide financial support for the program.