On-site residence experience: July 18-24, 2021
Project Ocean is a hybrid (online & in-person) teacher professional development workshop offered by the American Meteorological Society's Education Program. Teacher-participants will be required to engage online learning modules prior to the on-site (Chestertown, MD) portion of the workshop. At the conclusion of the on-site portion, teacher-participants will be asked to complete work in the course management system in collaboration with California University of Pennsylvania. This project is specifically designed for K-12 teachers who teach science courses with oceanography content.
The workshop is intended to:
- Introduce teachers to the physical foundations of oceanography
- Explore and suggest ways in which these concepts can be employed in school studies
- Prepare workshop attendees to conduct training sessions on selected oceanographic topics and issues for teachers in their home regions during the next school year
- Encourage participation in AMS DataStreme Ocean Mentor Teams
Cost and Resources:
Upon acceptance, each participant from the US is required to pay an academic fee of $150 payable to the AMS Education Program. This fee is non-refundable.
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:
- Demonstrate updated knowledge concerning the physical foundations of oceanographic topics and issues
- Show evidence of being able to interpret and analyze oceanographic information acquired through direct and remote sensing of the ocean environment
- Exhibit understanding of current science education research findings and their classroom applications
- Indicate how they intend to promote oceanographic education in their home areas by peer training fellow teachers, especially those who teach students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences
To be eligible for Project Ocean, teachers and supervisors of science at the K-12 level should:
- Have sufficient college-level training to benefit from the material presented
- Teach or supervise the instruction of oceanography or an applicable course
- Demonstrate leadership in teaching, curriculum development, and/or the in-service training of fellow teachers
- Promote teaching of oceanography in their home regions, including a minimum of one training session for pre-college teachers upon completion of the workshop
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.
The Project Ocean on-site portion will be held in Chestertown, Maryland. The on-site, in-person portion of the workshop includes lectures, tutorials, seminars, hands-on laboratory exercises, research cruises, and field trips. Faculty members from the Navy and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as other scientists and science educators, will present workshop topics. Presentations will be articulated with science content and oceanographic education presentations led by workshop faculty. Prior to arrival at Chestertown, MD, teacher-participants will be enrolled in the California University of Pennsylvania's Global Online program and course management system, D2L. Teacher-participants will be required to complete multiple online learning modules related to the oceanographic and related sciences. This preparatory work will enable teacher-participants to engage at a similar level of competency prior to arrival in Chestertown, MD.
The workshop will include on the following topics (online or on-site):
- Waves and tides
- Density and wind driven circulations
- Sea-air interactions
- Physical factors impacting ocean life
- Changing climate, sea levels and coastlines
- Ocean reservoir capacity
- Sea level measurement
- Direct and remote sensing
- El Niño and La Niña
- Winds, storms, hurricanes, and storm surges
On-site activities typically extend from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT each day.
- Stipend of $100
- Housing for six nights, arranged by AMS
- Round-trip air or land travel from US home to Chestertown, Maryland
- Instructional and laboratory supplies
- Set of instructional materials
Project Ocean will be held in Chestertown, MD with research activities being conducted in and around the Chesapeake Bay area. The in-residence portion of the workshop includes a research cruise on Chesapeake Bay and one or more field trips will be made to places of oceanographic significance in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area.
Participants will be expected to stay in housing accommodations arranged by the AMS, as the workshop will be intensive and involve several evening meetings. Informal interaction among participants during meals and evenings 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.
Participants who complete all course requirements, including the submission of a follow-up report on their peer-training session, will earn three semester hours of graduate credit in EAS 515: Selected Topics in Ocean Science Studies through the California University of Pennsylvania.
Credit will be awarded upon successful course completion and may be applied to a post-baccalaureate certificate from California University's School of Graduate Studies and Research.
Project Ocean Staff
- Wendy Abshire, Workshop Co-Director, Director, Education Program, American Meteorological Society, Washington, DC
- Joseph P. Smith, Workshop Co-Director, Assistant Professor, Oceanography Department, USNA, Annapolis, MD
- Chad M. Kaufman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of the Earth Sciences, California University of Pennsylvania, Curriculum Development Coordinator & DataStreme Lead
Special speakers will include oceanographers and senior scientists and administrators from NOAA, The U.S. Navy, and NASA.
The 2021 application process will open in mid/late Fall.
The application deadline will be posted in mid/late Fall, at the same time as the instructions to apply.
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.
Questions regarding Project Ocean 2021 should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.