grander scale in the future. Our efforts indicate that individual AMS chapters can enhance local meteoro- An initiative to enhance pre-college weather eduction was under- logical education by workin g closely with area schools. taken in 1990 by the Madison AMS chapter. A detailed survey was sent to selected science teachers in the Madison area to determine the needs of the schools. Based on the results of the survey, an edu- 2. Identification of needs cation committee recommended a mix of items to be purchased for use by the teachers. Funding for the education initiative was To carry out the project successfully, the committee provided through profits from the sale of a local weather calendar. first needed to determine where and how weather and The committee viewed and evaluated educational software, audio- visual materials and other items. The purchase of selected materials climate topics were taught, and which methods and was approved by the AMS chapter. Purchased materials and materials teachers used to illustrate their lessons. additional information were distributed to educators in a workshop These questions were answered by contacting local which allowed discussion and testing of software. teachers, asking for input by means of a survey, and
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: May 1, 1991
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