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Project ATMOSPHERE: AMS/NOAA 1991 Workshop for Teachers

This program was sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with support from State University of New York, College at Brockport.

David R. Smith, Ira W. Geer, Robert S. Weinbeck, and Peter R. Chaston
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David R. Smith, Ira W. Geer, Robert S. Weinbeck, John T. Snow, and William H. Beasley

During the summer of 1993, Project ATMOSPHERE, in cooperation with the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology, conducted a workshop to enhance both the meteorological background and leadership skills of AMS Atmospheric Education Resource Agents (AERAs). Fifty-eight teachers representing 39 states and the District of Columbia attended this workshop, which focused on atmospheric water processes and severe local storms. In addition to lectures and laboratory activities, AERAs also visited a variety of research and operational support facilities in the Norman area. This workshop was the third phase of training for AERAs, who represent the AMS in their local areas, providing instructional guidance for teachers and curricular input on the atmospheric sciences to their respective local and state educational agencies.

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D. R. Smith, R. S. Weinbeck, I. W. Geer, J. T. Snow, K. M. Ginger, and J. M. Moran

Project ATMOSPHERE, the K–12 educational program of the American Meteorological Society, has been involved in teacher enhancement for four years. Summer workshops for teachers have been a primary component of the AMS K–12 educational initiatives since its inception. During the summer of 1994, Project ATMOSPHERE conducted four workshops: two of the workshops were for teachers in the Atmospheric Education Resource Agent program; another was for K–12 teachers, including one teacher each from Canada and Australia; and the fourth was for faculty members at community colleges or four-year undergraduate institutions. These workshops provide teachers at all levels with instruction on a variety of atmospheric topics, an introduction to the operational and research activities of the meteorological community, and exposure to atmospheric scientists and their facilities. Such workshops provide enriching experiences for educators who teach about weather and climate topics in their science classrooms.

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David R. Smith, Lisa M. Bastiaans, Robert S. Weinbeck, Michael J. Passow, Phillip J. Smith, Nezette N. Rydell, H. Patricia Warthan, Timothy C. Spangler, and Alexander E. MacDonald

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.

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James A. Brey, Elizabeth W. Mills, Ira W. Geer, Robert S. Weinbeck, Kira A. Nugnes, Katie L. O’Neill, Bernard A. Blair, David R. Smith, and Edward J. Hopkins
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