Lake Superior Celebration April 23, 2015

LakeSuperiorCelebrationLake Superior Celebration
6:00-8:00pm, Thursday, April 23, 2015
Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center

Hands-on Activities
· Great Lakes Research Center tours: green roof & other sustainable features
· Energy efficient homes, wind turbines, draft dodger activities for youth
· MTU Sustainable Vehicle Lab (invited)

Local Resources
· Renewable energy experts
· Energy efficient builders
· Home energy audits
· Green burial initiative
· Local food & greenhouses
· Houghton Co. recycling plan

Celebrate !
· Solarize Houghton County! Abhilash “Abhi” Kantamneni
· Mine Water Geothermal? MTU Alternative Energy Enterprise students
· LSSI Student Presentations & School Team Displays
· Cake & lemonade

Sponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Technological University, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, and Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET).
Funded in part with a grant from the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Designing a Sustainable Future – Teacher Summer Institute

Sustainable FutureDesigning a Sustainable Future
July 20 – 24, 2015
Deadline: June 2, 2015

Grade 4 – 12 teacher participants will:

  • Investigate product manufacturing, building design, site design, transportation systems, renewable energy sources and food systems;
  • Engage in lessons and gather resources to facilitate teaching your students about sustainability while meeting the Next Generation Science Standards;

and more.

Learn more at Teacher Professional Development – Current Institutes or the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

Engaging Students in Authentic Science Research – Teacher Summer Institute

Engaging StudentsEngaging Students in Authentic Science Research
July 6 – 10, 2015
Deadline: June 2, 2015

Grade 4 – 12 teacher participants will explore:

  • Research design methods & procedures
  • Forest Hydrology
  • Climate Science

and more.

Learn more at Teacher Professional Development – Current Institutes or the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech


FREE 6-hour Field Trips offered for Gr. 9-12 classes April 20-May 15!!

Visit a variety of science, engineering, and computer labs at Michigan Tech and participate in presentations and hands-on activities led by MTU students, engineers, and scientists to kick start students’ planning for careers in STEM. Tours are approximately from 9 am to 2:30 pm.

Register Early! Bus travel stipends, sub teacher reimbursements, free student lunches (up to 25/group) available to first 10 to register!

Download the PDF Flyer: STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech

Register online: 2015 STEM Tour Registration

For more information about STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech, contact:

Joan Chadde, Director
MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach or 906-487-3341

Made possible with funding from the Michigan STEM Partnership and coordinated by the MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and Western U.P. Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education with assistance from the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Workshop: Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research

The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) will host the first workshop on “Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research.” We would like to invite researchers and practitioners interested in in-vehicle user interfaces and applications. This workshop aims to identify plausible research projects and collaborators for each identified project, introduce possible funding agencies and proposal submission logistics, and plan and schedule activities that will culminate in competitive proposal submission.

Guest Speakers

  • Andrew Kun (University of New Hampshire)
  • Bruce Walker (Georgia Tech)
  • Andreas Riener (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
  • Collin Castle (Michigan Department of Transportation)

There is no registration fee, but an RSVP is preferred. Please RSVP to Steven Landry, assistant organizer,, by Thursday, April 30.

Catered lunch and wine and cheese reception will be provided. The day before and after, the Mind Music Machine Lab will also have a demo session on research facilities, including multiple driving simulators, robots and virtual environment.

Participants, who want to present their research interests and skill sets can send a single power point slide to Steven Landry, assistant organizer,, by Thursday, May 14.

Research presentation is not mandatory. You can attend without any presentation.

This workshop is hosted by Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Department of Computer Science.

From Tech Today.

Workshop on “Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research”
Date and Location
When: May 28th 2015 Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Great Lake Research Center (GLRC) at Michigan Tech

Spring Break Science and Engineering Camps

Spring Break CampSpring Break Science & Engineering Camps for Grade 1-3, Grade 4-6 offered Mar. 31, April 1-2

Classes meet 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Great Lake’s Research Center.

Cost: $120 per student. Up to 20 students per class. Register soon!

Register Online: Spring Break Science Camp Registration or

Pay by credit card: call the cashier 7-2247 (Your space is not reserved until payment has been received.)

Questions? Call: 7-3341

Grade 1-3 Engineering in Our World!

Learning about the engineering design process, each day of camp will present a different challenge to solve: designing bridges, improving play dough and designing walls. Following the Engineering is Elementary curricula for grades 1-3, campers will explore chemical engineering, materials engineering and civil engineering with visits from real engineers to the class.

Instructors: Marcy Erickson, Michelle Miller and Lloyd Wescoat

Grade 4-6 A Taste of Tech!

Kids will explore a variety of labs and do some cool engineering activities along the way!

  • Watch worms at home in the soil with a visit to the Rhizotron
  • Take a hike on Tech Trails
  • Bend water and make silly putty at the chemistry lab
  • Try out a real driving simulator with mechanical engineers
  • Smash concrete and test a Maglev track with civil engineers
  • Have fun with trains with transportation engineers.
  • And enjoy a free lunch at Michigan Tech (MUB) on Thursday, compliments of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute

Instructors: Joan Chadde, Chris Hohnholt, along with Michigan Tech faculty and students.

Learn more at the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

Spring break science
Camp offers hands-on learning

“We like to have these camps because it’s an opportunity for these kids to learn about science and engineering in a hands-on way,” said Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, which co-sponsored the event along with the Western Upper Peninsula Math and Science Center and the Great Lakes Research Center. “They’ve got available time, being out of the classroom, and it’s challenging for teachers to do a lot of hands-on projects.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Garrett Neese (subscription required).

Undergraduate Research Expo 2015

Undergraduate Research Expo at the Rosza Lobby

by Michigan Tech Honors Institute

The Undergraduate Research Expo was held Friday, March 20, 2015, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Rozsa Lobby. Thirty undergraduates from twelve different departments and schools were represented this year. Their presentations and posters were evaluated by Tech faculty and staff, and everyone was invited to attend. The posters were displayed in the lobby until noon on Saturday, to coincide with Preview Day.

The Undergraduate Research Expo is sponsored by the Vice President of Research Office, and prizes are sponsored by the Provost’s Office.

From Tech Today.


Brittany Nelson, The Definition of Death Scare


Faryn Yovich, Comparing the Relationship Between Children’s Mental Focus and Creativity

Peace Corps Information Session Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Peace Corps Information Session
Tue, March 24, 5pm – 6pm
MUB Alumni Lounge B

Peace Corps Information Session March 24 by Kari Henquinet, director, Michigan Tech PCMI Program Peace Corps volunteers are making a difference all over the world in education, health and the environment. Stop by this information session to learn more about the benefits of service and how you can live, work and learn overseas. For more information, contact Brett Heimann at 312-353-8680 or

Michigan Tech Hosts Tivitz Tournament Wednesday, March 18, 2015

TivitzMichigan Tech’s Center for Pre-College Outreach (CPCO) will be hosting the 10th annual Tivitz Tournament today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SDC Wood Gym. Seven schools from the western Upper Peninsula will be sending about 150 students from grades 4 through 7.

Tivitz is a board game that combines the logic and strategy of checkers/chess with arithmetic problem-solving. Students move their play pieces (tivits) across the game board, one at a time, until they reach goal spaces. Once they reach the other side of the board, they must solve the indicated math problem correctly to score the most points. Pairs of students will play one practice and three scored rounds in a friendly competition to wind up among the highest-scoring in their grade.

Between rounds of Tivitz play, students and staff of Michigan Tech will lead several hands-on activities that demonstrate mathematical concepts.

“Our goal is to show interesting demos that involve math to compliment Tivitz game play,” says Liz Fujita, coordinator at CPCO. “There is a lot of math in everyday life, and a lot of little oddities that are fun to consider.”

The Tivitz Tournament is made possible by the CPCO in partnership with the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

From Tech Today.