Middle School Girls Get WISE about Science and Engineering

Get WISEMiddle school girls from across the western Upper Peninsula will get a taste of the excitement of science and engineering during Michigan Tech’s annual Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) workshop on Tuesday (Feb. 21, 2017). This year’s event will be held in the Wood Gym in Tech’s Student Development Complex.

The students will participate in hands-on activities, solve problems and meet with college-age role models. This year’s projects include a wood anatomy activity, designing and creating a pinball machine and participating in an epidemic simulation.

These girls are incredibly smart, and we want to give them the opportunity to explore their options. —Lauren Kirwin

Get WISE is hosted by the CPCO office in partnership with the College of Engineering, the College of Sciences and Arts, and the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Sciences, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jenn Donovan.

Get WISEMiddle School girls ‘Get WISE’

Middle school girls were shown how they can pursue an education in the STEM fields on the campus of Michigan Tech. 260 7th and 8th graders from 14 schools came out for Get WISE-Women in Science and Engineering.

The students learned about pathogens, wood anatomy and mechanical engineering. The activities, like building a pinball machine from common materials, show these girls how rewarding science and engineering can be.

Read more and watch the video at ABC10, by Rick Allen.

Lisa Fujita
Lisa Fujita

Michigan Tech encourages women in engineering

Liz Fujita, event coordinator, said, “We think it’s really important that the girls get exposed to working in teams, solving problems together, and learning that you can do science and engineering.”

Read more and watch the video at UPMatters.com, by Kylie Khan.

Middle-school girls get WISE at Tech

The 260 girls from 14 schools started by making a model of a wood cell and looking at types of wood. They also made pinball machines with materials such as Dixie cups and popsicle sticks. After lunch they simulated an epidemic, learning about pathogens and laboratory science.

“Coming in as an engineer, math and science is just something that I knew that I loved,” said Madison Olmstead, a fourth-year civil engineering major.

Read more at the Daily Mining Gazette, by Garrett Neese.

Celebration of One Year Recycling Successes


All ages join in celebrating first year of local recycling

Local residents celebrated a year of recycling Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton.

The two-hour event was well-attended, and visitors found presentations and activities to meet a wide range of recycling interests for all age levels.

Read more at the Daily Mining Gazette, by Graham Jaehnig.

Recycling anniversary demonstrates local interest

HOUGHTON — The first anniversary of cardboard recycling in Houghton County was a great success, according to Joan Chadde, director of the Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education (WUPC).

Read more at the Daily Mining Gazette, by Graham Jaehnig.

Hancock middle school students dig through 182 pounds of trash

“Eighth graders decided that they wanted to get help out with this project, go through last night’s garbage and see what kind of products we could put in the recyclables to try to better educate ourselves,” said eighth grade science teacher, Jen Davis.

Students called it the Garbology project.

Read more and watch the video at TV6 FOX UP, by Aleah Hordges.

The event was sponsored by Copper Country Recycling Initiative, Portage Lake District Library, Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, Keweenaw Coop, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, and the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative.

Engineering Exploration Day: Register by February 22, 2017

Discover Engineers Week 2017

Engineering Exploration Day for Middle & High School Girls!
FREE! Open to girls in grades 7 – 12 and their parents

Saturday, February 25 from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center

Celebrate Engineers Week! Come find out what engineering is all about! Try some fun hands on activities led by women engineering students at Michigan Tech and discover why the LOVE engineering! Learn how engineers make a difference and why engineering is a great career choice. Hear about the many career paths open to engineers. Includes sessions on the variety of engineering fields and typical college curriculum presented by 1st Year Engineering Fundamentals instructor, Amy Monte. Dr. Adrienne Minerick, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Chemical Engineering, will present “The Personal (and Other) Rewards of an Engineering Career.”

Registration Deadline: Wed., February 22

Limited to first 40 girls and their parent(s) or chaperones!

Includes lunch and all activities.

To register: Registration: Engineering for Girls

For more Information: Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach

(906) 487-3341 jchadde@mtu.edu


Engineering for Girls is co-sponsored by:

Society of Women EngineersGreat Lakes Research CenterCollege of EngineeringCivil and Environmental EngineeringEngineering Fundamentals

Coordinated by:

Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental EducationCenter for Science and Environmental Outreach

Transportation and Engineering After School Classes Underway

Five Transportation and Engineering after school classes are underway at the Great Lakes Research Center and four area schools.

The instructors are all young women engineering students in mechanical, civil, and biomedical engineering. The After School STEM Club activities take place over eight weeks from January 23 to March 3, 2017.

Students are designing boats, making traffic signs, building bridges, flying planes, and riding tracks. They are using LEGOs, airplane spinners, Magna-Tiles®, paper, and other materials

Transportation and Engineering Activity Overview

Activity Schedule

Participating schools are in South Range, L’anse, Hancock, and Dollar Bay.

Coordinated by:

Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental EducationCenter for Science and Environmental Outreach

Clay Boats Table Group
Clay Boats Table Group
Designing Boats
Designing Boats
Crafting Clay Boats
Crafting Clay Boats
Testing Boats
Testing Boats
Engineering Design
Engineering Design
Joan Chadde and Young Engineers
Joan Chadde and Young Engineers
Engineering Construction
Engineering Construction
Testing Truck Stoppers
Testing Truck Stoppers

2017 Green Film for January 19: After Coal and Half Life

2017 Green Film Series Schedule

View the Flyer

FREE films promoting sustainability & environmental awareness!

Enjoy refreshments and facilitated discussion
Bring Your Own Mug!

The films begin at 7 p.m. with a discussion facilitated by Roman Sidortsov (SS) to follow. Coffee and dessert will be served.

There is no admission but a $3 donation is suggested.

Thursday, January 19 @ 7:00 PM, Hesterberg Hall, Forestry Building
After Coal

After Coal (60 min)

Describes building a new future in the coalfields of central Appalachia and Wales. Welsh coalfields were shut down in the 1980s, eliminating more than 20,000 jobs while Appalachian coalfields lost 20,000+ jobs from 1994 -2014. Both regions have survived disasters associated with mining production & waste disposal, and each has explored strategies for remembering the past while looking to the future. What lessons does this film have for us?
Half Life

Half Life (12 min)

Describes the Ute tribe’s concern that toxic and radioactive contamination from the White Mesa Mill in SE Utah threatens their water supply and way of life. Why is this a common outcome of so many mines and/or mineral processing facilities? How can we change the ending?

Facilitator: Roman Sidortsov, Energy Policy, Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Tech
His research focuses on legal and policy issues related to the development of sustainable energy systems, energy security and justice, comparative and international energy law and policy, energy geopolitics, risk governance, and Arctic oil and gas.

2017 Green Film Series Schedule

Green Film Series: Issues & Dialogue ~ (mostly) 3rd Thursdays, January – May 2017

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm; enjoy coffee, dessert and facilitated discussion
Location: G002 Hesterberg Hall, Michigan Tech Forestry Bldg. (all films)
Cost: FREE, $3 suggested donation

FREE films promoting sustainability & environmental awareness!

Green Film Series Schedule


January 19: After Coal and Half Life

February 16: Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

March 2: Death By Design – The Dirty Story of Our Digital Addiction

March 23: Last Call at the Oasis (World Water Day Film)

A 2012 documentary on the world’s water crisis, the film sheds light on the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system, shows communities already struggling with its ill effects and introduces us to individuals who are championing revolutionary solutions.

Monday, April 17: The Messenger

Based upon the award‐winning book, Silence of the Songbirds, by Stutchbury, The Messenger is an investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion, and the people who are working to turn the tide. The film takes viewers on a visually stunning, emotional journey revealing how issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet.

May 11: Inhabit

Explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called ‘Permaculture’. Permaculture is a design lens that uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes. (93 min.)

Coffee, Tea & Refreshments

The Green Film Series is co-sponsored by:

Lake Superior Stewardship InitiativeKeweenaw Land TrustGreat Lakes Research CenterKeweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Coordinated by:

Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental EducationCenter for Science and Environmental Outreach