2002 Annual

Sunday, 13 January 2002
The Evolution of K-12 Atmospheric Education in America's Schools
Faye McCollum, Project Atmosphere and AMS/AERA, Columbus, Georgia
Classroom weather stations, on-line real-time weather data, phenological reporting, international weather exchanges and teachers as atmospheric and oceanographic experts. These features reflect a minute fraction of changes that have occurred in America's K-12 classrooms during the past 18 years.

Beginning with the Everyday Weather Project in 1984, a series of tremendously effective programs has evolved, each targeting teacher training as the key to successful meteorological, oceanographic and scientific education. This presentation will feature the evolution of these AMS/NSF/NWS-funded programs from the earliest modules and training to the present on-line courses for teachers. A chronological portrayal of the Everyday Weather Project, Project Atmosphere, Atmospheric Education Resource Agents, the Maury Project, Oceanographic Education Resource Agents, the DataStreme and the Water in the Earth's System Projects will be the main focus of this program. Illustrations and progressive charts will be used to facilitate understanding and expansion of this national network of teachers and programs and their impact in America's classrooms and communities.

Supplementary URL: