In recognition of the educational efforts throughout the atmospheric and oceanic science communities, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) has instituted an annual forum called the Symposium on Education. The third such symposium was held this year in conjunction with the 74th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme of this year's symposium was “Preparing for the Twenty-First Century.” Thirty-one oral presentations and 26 poster presentations summarized a variety of educational programs or examined issues of importance for both the precollege and university levels. In addition, there was a panel discussion on future directions for the undergraduate degree in the atmospheric and marine sciences. One interesting aspect of this year's symposium was a joint session with the 10th International Conference on Interactive Information and Processing Systems for Meteorology, Oceanography, and Hydrology on new technologies for the classroom. Over 200 people representing a wide spectrum of the Society attended one or more of the sessions in this two-day conference, where they increased their awareness of the educational initiatives of members and institutions associated with the AMS.
*Oceanography Department, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, and AMS Board on School and Popular Meteorological and Oceanographic Education, Boston, Massachusetts.
+Department of Physical Sciences, Nassau County Community College, Garden City, New York.
#Department of the Earth Sciences, State University of New York, College at Brockport, Brockport, New York.
**White Plains Middle School, White Plains, New York.
++Departmentof Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
##NOAA National Weather Service Office, San Antonio, Texas.
***Towers High School, Decatur, Georgia.
+++University Corporation for Atmospheric Research—COMET, Boulder, Colorado.
###NOAA Environmental Research Laboratories, Forecast Systems Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado.