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Oceanography Department

Maury Project

The Maury Project is a teacher professional development program based on studies of the physi­cal foundations of oceanography. It is directed towards improving teacher effectiveness in generating interest and understanding in science, technology, and mathematics among precollege students. The project is named after Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873), considered by many as the father of oceanography.

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) has a long-term interest in pre-college ocean education. It serves the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences, and publishes oceanographic research journals.

Major components of the Maury Project include (a) the identification and training of a cadre of master oceanographic education resource teachers who will assist the AMS in training other precollege teachers on oceanographic topics, and (b) the development and implementation of scientifically accurate and pedagogically sound instructional resource materials for teachers.

In recognition of the underrepresentation of certain groups in the Earth system sciences, the Maury Project incorporates a special AMS/NOAA initiative to promote minority participation in science through teacher enhancement. The goal is to train as many teachers as possible who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences and/or teach (or will peer train teachers who teach) significant numbers of pre-college students from underrepresented groups.

Information about the Summer 2018 workshop. 

Text from the American Meteorological Society



Wendy Abshire 
Co-Director, Maury Project
American Meteorological Society 
1200 New York Ave NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 202-737-1043 
Fax: 202-737-0445

Dr. David R. Smith 
Co-Director, Maury Project 
U.S. Naval Academy 
Tel: 410-293-6553

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