Practice into Policy: AMS Earth System Education Policy Statement
• Education and professional development to ensure our students, researchers, and workforce can continue to push the forefront of weather, water, and climate information capabilities • Professional issues and policy approaches to ensure we as a community guide these new activities with integrity and that we serve all needed uses effectively • Community diversity at all levels, encompassing cultural, ethnic, and gender issues
Earth System STEM is defined as the use of datasets, computer models and visualizations, remote-sensing technologies, and field experiences related to the study of Earth as a system. Earth System STEM Education provides ever-evolving and challenging opportunities for students as they participate in meaningful scientific and technological experiences focusing on the Earth system utilizing an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and synergistic approach. Endorsing an Earth Systems approach to STEM education, the AMS promotes the use of remote sensing products and technologies in the precollege community to investigate and understand our planet. The policy calls for the higher education community to view Earth System STEM courses as rigorous in their admissions policies. Furthermore, this policy statement provides guidance for the development of potential PBL strategies for successful implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in the Earth and Space Sciences.
This AMS policy statement encourages the development of new and innovative opportunities in which the scientific and educational communities can collaborate addressing the needs and concerns of our nation.