Project Ocean (formerly The Maury Project) is a teacher professional development program based on studies of the physical foundations of oceanography. It is directed towards improving teacher effectiveness in generating interest and understanding in science, technology, and mathematics among pre-college students.
The AMS has a long-term interest in pre-college ocean education. It serves the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences, and publishes oceanographic research journals.
Major components of Project Ocean include (a) the identification and training of a cadre of master oceanographic education resource teachers who will assist the AMS in training other pre-college teachers on oceanographic topics, and (b) the development and implementation of scientifically accurate and pedagogically sound instructional resource materials for teachers.
In recognition of the underrepresentation of certain groups in the Earth system sciences, Project Ocean incorporates a special AMS/NOAA initiative to promote minority participation in science through teacher enhancement. The goal is to train as many teachers as possible who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences and/or teach (or will peer train teachers who teach) significant numbers of precollege students from underrepresented groups.