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Lake Superior Celebration Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Lake Superior CelebrationLake Superior Celebration
6-8 pm, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center

The community is invited to the Lake Superior Celebration at the Great Lakes Research Center. The event, hosted by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI), is FREE, family-friendly, and open to all.

SCHEDULE (202 GLRC)
6:30-7 pm Welcome & overview of Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI)
LSSI video (7 min)
LSSI Teacher/Student Presentations
7:00-7:30 pm Wildflowers of the UP by Bob Wild, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
7:30-8:00 pm Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative PBS video (20 min.)

View the PDF Flyer.

Learn more at the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education (WUP Center).

Retirement Party for Brad Baltensperger April 30, 2014

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Brad Baltensperger

Brad Baltensperger

Brad Baltensperger, chair of the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and professor of geography, is retiring after 40 years at Michigan Tech. The campus community is invited to attend his retirement party on Wednesday, April 30, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., in Memorial Union Ballroom A2. Please join the department in celebrating his career and wishing him an enjoyable retirement. Refreshments will be provided!

From Tech Today.

Forestry Education Grant for Chadde

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Urban TeachersJoan Chadde was in Detroit recently leading field trips to the forests of Belle Isle for 350 Detroit students (grades 5-9) from nine Detroit Public Schools as part of the Urban Forest Stewardship Project and a forestry teacher workshop. Both were funded with an $80,000 grant from the US Forest Service to provide teacher training and increase middle/high schools students’ knowledge, stewardship and interest in natural resource careers.

From Tech Today.

EPDIS Engineering Applications in Biological Sciences Summer 2014

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EPDISEPDIS Engineering, Life Sciences and NGSS
Summer 2014
July 14-25, 2014
August 4-6, 2014
Engineering Applications in Biological Sciences

Deadline: May 2, 2014

There is an opportunity for people who have participated in a Michigan Department of Education grant previously to join the cohort of 19 teachers who are participants in the grant.

The Educators’ Professional Development Institute Series (EPDIS): Engineering, Life Sciences and NGSS is focused to support and deepen teacher content knowledge and content pedagogy of practicing teachers.

View the Application, Brochure, Schedule, and Contact information at the Current Institute page of Teacher Professional Development in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences.

Engineering Applications in Biological Sciences

Participant guidelines:

  1. Michigan teacher certificate, grades 5-12
  2. Previous participation in a Michigan Department of Education Improving Teacher Quality Grant project awarded to Michigan Tech

Benefits to joining the cohort of teachers in the current EPDIS:

  1. Books, supplies, housing, meals and tuition funded plus a stipend for the 4 graduate credit ENG5400 summer institute July 1425,
    2014.
  2. Books, supplies, housing, meals and tuition funded plus a stipend for the 1 graduate credit 3DPrinter Workshop tentatively August 46,
    2014.
    (participants will assemble and learn to operate an open source Delta style 3D Printer to bring back to use in your classroom.)

Roles and responsibilities of the grant participants:

  1. Complete ENG 5400 course & 3DPrinter workshop.
  2. Submit all pre/post evaluations for yourself and evidence of project related student learning.
  3. Assist in all components of program evaluation and assessment, including SAMPI Classroom Observations.

Alexander Profiled in 2013 Graduate School Annual Report

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Grad School Report 2013James Alexander, PhD student in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, was profiled in the Research section of the Michigan Tech Graduate School Annual Report 2013 regarding developing diverse areas of expertise.

Slade Presents at Equity Conference

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Mental ToughnessRepresentatives from Michigan Tech attended the “Equity Within the Classroom Conference” hosted by University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, recently.

Michigan Tech presentations included: Darnishia Slade (CLS), “Mental Toughness in Academia: Women pursuing STEM majors”; Liz Fujita (SYP), accompanied by an LSSU representative presented “UP, UP, and away: Gearing Up Rural Michigan Students for Life After High School”; and Kaitlyn Bunker ( ECE) moderated a panel discussion coordinated by Elizabeth Hoy (IIE), “Engaging Industry Partnership in the Diversity Pipeline.”

Read more at Tech Today.

Science Fair 2014 Results

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The Western UP Center has posted results and photos of the 2014 science fair held at the Memorial Union on March 25, 2014.

View Results, Project Pictures, Festival Pictures, and News

Science comes to life
Fourth- through eighth-graders attend science fair

The 15th annual fair, held at Michigan Technological University, drew 230 fourth- through eighth-graders from across the western Upper Peninsula.

Houghton Middle School students Jonnelle Yankovich and Daryn DuPont measured whether Walmart or Prince rabbit feed would make DuPont’s rabbits gain the most weight. Their hypothesis of Walmart was proven incorrect.

“We thought it would be a good idea to do a project with rabbits, because it was something that we figured a lot of other people wouldn’t be doing,” Yankovich said.

The students got extra credit for their science class, and had fun besides.

“I thought it was cool,” DuPont said of the science fair. “It was exciting.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Garrett Neese.

Copper Country students show off their work at regional science fair

Chadde says the Science and Engineering Festival is a way to reward the students for their hard work on their science fair projects and it gives them some fun things to do while they wait for their project to be judged. She added that more than 50 Michigan Tech students from 14 different organizations help make this festival interesting for the children.

“They’re wonderful role models for the younger students that are here. And we help them, items of supplies and organization. But they do it so it’s really a fun event and you can see it’s packed. Parents love it and the kids love it,” she said.

Read more and watch the video at ABC 10 WBUP WBKP, by Mike Hoey.

Science Fair 2014 MUB

Science Fair 2014 Chadde

Science Fair 2014 Demo

Western UP Science Fair

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WUP Science Fair 20142014 Western UP Science Fair
Grades 4-8

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Michigan Tech Memorial Union Ballroom
5-6pm Science Fair open to the public
6-8:30pm- Judging of projects.
4:30-7:30pm – Science festival in MUB Commons

The Western UP Science Fair is sponsored by the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Michigan Tech Chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society, Michigan Tech Chapter of American Society of Engineering Education and the Carnegie Museum.

15th Annual Western UP Science Fair and Festival Tuesday

Students from sixteen schools in Houghton, Baraga, Ontonagon and Gogebic Counties will participate: Chassell Elementary, CLK Elementary, E.B. Holman School, Houghton Elementary, Barkell Elementary, Lake Linden-Hubbell Elementary, Arvon Township School, Houghton Middle School, Lake Linden-Hubbell Middle School, LL Wright Middle School, L’Anse Middle School, Washington Middle School, Hancock Middle School, Ewen Trout Creek School, Northwoods Christian School and Watersmeet School.

Read more at Tech Today.

Spring Break Camp Grades 1-6

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Spring Break Camp for Grades 1-6, April 1-3
The camp will be held at the Great Lakes Research Center, Tuesday-Thursday, April 1-3.
REGISTER ONLINE

Grades 1-3: Investigate Your World!
Grades 4-6: A Taste of Tech!

Sponsored by the Western UP Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education and Michigan Tech.

Read more at Tech Today.

Peace Corps Information Session Thursday, March 20

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A Peace Corps information session will be held Thursday, March 20, at 6 p.m., in MUB Alumni Lounge B. Peace Corps Volunteers are making a difference all over the world in the areas of 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 after graduation.

View the Flyer

From Tech Today.

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