Category Archives: Outreach

STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech

STEMHigh School students came to learn about STEM Careers at Michigan Tech. Nearly 200 high school students from nine schools in the western UP spent a day at Michigan Tech, exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. They visited labs and learn about green building and low-impact design, human monitoring devices, forest insects, steam mechanics, remotely-operated vehicles, computer science, materials science and engineering, civil engineering/concrete testing, Great Lakes fish, transportation engineering and geology and mining engineering.

On Tuesday May 12, students from Jeffers High School in Adams Township spent the day at Tech learning about STEM careers. Students from Nah Tah Wahsh Public Academy in Wilson were on campus on May 13th, and on Friday the 15th the University will host students from Watersmeet High School.

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

View some photos of the STEM Careers Tours Program at Michigan Tech

View a short video clip of a lab example learning about STEM careers

Download the PDF Flyer: STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech

Selected Topics and Labs to Visited:

Green Building & Low Impact Design
Stream Mechanics Lab
Remotely Operated Vehicles
Computer Science
Materials Science & Engineering
Civil Engineering Concrete TestingLab
Fishy Great Lakes
Transportation Engineering
Geology & Mining Engineering
Human Monitoring Devices / Driving Simulator
Forest Insects

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

Joan Chadde, Director
MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach
jchadde@mtu.edu 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.

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Schools Sheduled (Update to May 6)

April 28 – Keweenaw Bay Alternative School and Copper Country Christian
May 4 – Lake Linden-Hubbell High School
May 5 – L’Anse High School
May 8: Dollar Bay
May 11: Bessemer
May 12: Jeffers High School
May 13: Nah Tah Wahsh
May 15: Watersmeet

STEM Career Tour
STEM Career Tour
STEM Career Tour
STEM Career Tour

Lake Superior Celebration April 23

00IMG_0298aLake Superior Celebration:
6:00-8:00pm, Thursday, April 23, 2015; Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center

Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center was the site of a celebration of Lake Superior. The event took place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. It was free and open to the public.

There was a variety of hands-on activities, GLRC tours (green roof and other sustainable features), energy efficient homes, wind turbines and draft dodger activities for youth.

See the Photo Gallery of the Lake Superior Celebration here

Tech Sustainable Transportation Vehicles, the all-electric Chevy Volt and CNG Silverado pick-up was on display.

Displays, local resources and experts addressed a variety of topical issues include renewable energy, home energy audits, green burial initiative, local food and greenhouse, Houghton County recycling, HEET (Houghton Energy Efficient Team) Dollar Bay-TC Student Organization of Aquatic Robotics (SOAR), Mine Water Geothermal, “Solarizing” Houghton County and more.

There was a presentations from Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative students and school-community team displays and cookies and lemonade.

This celebration of Lake Superior is sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Technological University, the Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and the Houghton Energy Efficiency Team.

Funded in part with a grant from the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

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.

National Society of Black Engineers Spring Break to Promote STEM Education and Careers

NSBE3aNational Society of Black Engineers students from Michigan Tech are going to present science, technology and engineering talks in the Detroit area for middle- and highschool students at five different schools by day, and presenting three family engineering nights for elementary students at night. The spring break trip is supported by John Deere.

The Houghton Michigan Daily Mining Gazette had an article: “Doing good downstate: Six Tech students will spend break sharing with youngsters.

Family Engineering Activities & NSBE Presenters

Activity Presenters Major School attended
1 Blast Off (Mechanical) Yomi Famuyiwa Mechanical Engineering, M.S. Atlanta, Georgia
2 Give Me A Hand? (Biomedical/Mech) Anza Mitchell Engineering Education PhD candidate Atlanta, Georgia
3 Launcher (Mechanical) Rebecca Spencer Mechanical Engineering, 1st year Redford Union High School, Detroit
4 Brain Saver (Biomedical) Bruce Brunson Biomedical Engineering 2nd year Renaissance High School, Detroit
5 Sparkling Water (Environmental) Terrianna Bradley Environmental Engineering 3rd year Cass Tech High School, Detroit
6 Short Activities Nathan Saiyed Computer Science, M.S. Nigeria
Michigan Tech Student Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers are heading to Detroit to share their love of engineering  with elementary, middle and high-school students.
Michigan Tech
Student Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers are heading to Detroit to share their love of engineering
with elementary, middle and high-school students.
Michigan Tech Student Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers are heading to Detroit to share their love of engineering  with elementary, middle and high-school students.
Michigan Tech
Student Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers are heading to Detroit to share their love of engineering
with elementary, middle and high-school students.

Engineering Exploration Day for Girls

CIMG2362aOne of the events scheduled for Engineers Week 2015 at Michigan Tech is “Engineering Exploration Day for Girls.” It was open to girls in grades 7 – 12 and their parents and was held on Saturday, February 21 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.

The young women and their parents celebrated Engineers Week and came find out what engineering is all about! They tried some fun hands-on activities led by women engineering students at Michigan Tech and discovered why the LOVE engineering!

They had a chance to learn how engineers make a difference and why engineering is a great career choice and heard about the many career paths open to engineers.

Sponsored by: Michigan Tech College of Engineering, MTU Engineering Fundamentals, MTU Society of Women Engineers, MTU Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education and the Great Lakes Research Center

Engineering Day for Girls at Michigan Tech
Engineering Day for Girls at Michigan Tech
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
 Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls
Engineering Exploration Day for Girls

See more photos on the College of Engineering Flickr Photo Sharing album

See the Flyer Engineering Exploration Day for Girls

Community Outdoor Nature Program for Families

Community Outdoor Nature Program for Families Starts Monday. The Community Outdoor Nature Programs are free events for families that focus on engaging parents and children in creative outdoor play and nature exploration. All families are welcome to attend the twice-monthly events held at the Nara Nature Center (Houghton) and the Maasto Hiito Chalet (Hancock). Families will explore local trail systems and create take-home nature projects while learning about our local environment.

Take a snowshoe hike and weave a stick basket to collect items along the way. Programs will be held one Monday evening each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and one Saturday afternoon each month from 2 to 4 p.m.

During the winter, snowshoeing will be a part of all programs. Bring your own snowshoes if you have them. The Center will have snowshoes on hand. Dress warmly as the program will be mostly outdoors.

Programs are led by the staff of the Western UP Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education and funded by the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals. The Western UP Center, established in 2000, is a partnership of the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, the Copper Country ISD and the Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD, offering a wide variety of K-12 education programs to enhance the teaching and learning of science and mathematics. Find out more online or by calling the Center at 487-3341.

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K-6 Winter Family Fun Night at Nara Nature Center & Park

What can you do with your family to celebrate winter and nature? K-6 students and their parents are invited to turn off their electronics and enjoy a fun evening together making nature crafts and taking a snowshoe night hike at the Nara Nature Center & Park. The event will take place from 6:00-7:30 pm, Monday, December 15.

The nature crafts and snowshoe night hike activities will each be offered from 6:05-6:45 pm and from 6:50-7:30 pm. Families may participate in one or both indoor and outdoor activities. The event is FREE, donations are welcome. Craft supplies, hot chocolate and tea, along with child & adult snowshoes will be provided while supplies last.

For the outdoor activity, families can take a hike in the woods, on foot or on snowshoes listening and looking for signs of wildlife, and viewing the night sky, as part of a naturalist-led hike at Nara Nature Park. If available, please bring your own snowshoes. Dress warmly!

For the indoor activity, families can make several types of nature crafts to take home while enjoying the cozy warmth of the Nara Nature Center Chalet. Including birchbark cutout ornaments

The Winter Family Fun Night is a great way to get families outdoors and active! The event is coordinated by Western U.P. Math & Science Center and the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, and funded with a grant from the Michigan Alliance of Environmental Professionals (MAEP). Use of the Nara Center is provided by the City of Houghton, and Bob & Ruth Nara.

This is the first in a monthly series of outdoor family fun nights and monthly family outings to be held on Saturday afternoons at the Nara Nature Center and the Maasto Hhito Chalet over the coming year. These programs are funded by the Michigan Alliance of Environmental Professionals.

The Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals is a nonpolitical, multidisciplinary professional society formed to advance the practice of environmental management in the State of Michigan by providing its members with information on issues affecting the profession and with opportunities for continuing education, professional development, recognition, and interaction with their peers.

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For more information, contact the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach by calling 906-487-3341.

STEM Outreach in Detroit

The Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, along with the Michigan Tech Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers student chapter, conducted a Family Engineering Night at Escuela Avancemos Academy in Southwest Detroit (Mexicantown) on Nov. 24. John Deere provided support for the event, which featured activities in both English and Spanish and offered a free dinner in the school’s cafeteria. Approximately 180 participated, including students in grades K-5 and their family members.

The following members of the Michigan Tech community presented at the event:

Uzi Mendez ’13 (Bio Med)
Michael Briseno (Bio Med/ECE), undergraduate student
Zoe Miller (CEE), master’s student
Gabriella Shirkey ’13 (HU)
Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach

“Ride the Waves with GM” earns grant for 2015

IMG_3318dGeneral Motors, a long-time supporter of Michigan Tech, presented the University with a $100,000 grant from the General Motors Foundation.
Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North America, presented the check to President Glenn Mroz.
The grant will fund a variety of student activities. Among them are the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, Environmental Engineering Senior Design, student groups and diversity programs.
Many people from the campus community were there for the check presentation on Thursday October 30 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.
GM will fund the “Ride the Waves with GM” program for the Great Lakes Research Center for 2015 for the third year. Steve Tomaszewski presented Dr Martin Auer with a check for $25,000 for the 2015 program. This program invites youth to join scientists from Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center in the exploration of Lake Superior, Portage Waterway and Torch Lake. Among the many events that the program supports include:

  • Great Lakes Investigations Aboard Michigan Tech’s Research Vessel Agassiz for Students in Grades 4‐12;
  • Aquatic Food Web & Lab Investigations toind out how scientists investigate water quality and collect samples to examine in the lab to find out “what makes a lake trout?”;
  • Mine Waste Remediation & Torch Lake Restoration – The history of the “Copper Country is explored by land and water as students visit historic copper milling sites, reclaimed mine waste sites, and the bottom of Torch Lake.
  • Investigate the lake with a Remotely Operated Vehicles – Students get to see what lies beneath the waves without a remotely operated vehicle
  • Explore an area in Lake Superior where the shrimplike organism Diporeia is up to 20 times more abundant than in any other part of Lake Superior! How does this affect the Lake Superior food web? Ideal for high school students.
  • Lake Superior’s Ring of Fire – Explore an area in Lake Superior where the shrimplike organism Diporeia is up to 20 times more abundant than in any other part of Lake Superior! How does this affect the Lake Superior food web?

  • Free scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel Agassiz will be held at the Strawberry Festival
  • Houghton: A Look at How Scientists Study the Great Lakes at the Portage District Library to host a special science program that will pique students interest in the Great Lakes and what lives there with excursions on the RV Agassiz.

    See Video Clip of “Ride the Waves with GM” earns grant for 2015

    Ride The Waves With GM  group at Michigan tech with Steve Tomaszewski, GM's global facilities director of operations North America
    Ride The Waves With GM group at Michigan tech with Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North America
    Steve Tomaszewski, GM's global facilities director of operations North America with Dr. Martin Auer
    Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North America with Dr. Martin Auer
     Steve Tomaszewski, GM's global facilities director of operations North America, will present the check to President Glenn Mroz

    Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North America, will present the check to President Glenn Mroz
    Rich Berkey  and team members  tell how funding helps students
    Rich Berkey and team members tell how funding helps students
  • 2014 Lake Superior Water Festival Thursday, October 23

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    Lake Superior Water Festival: Students Flood Great Lakes Research Center

    The 2014 Water Festival was held in the Great Lakes Research Center on Thursday, Oct. 23. Almost 1,000 students in grades four through eight from local school districts were registered to attend.

    News article from Daily Mining Gazette Water festival offers hands-on science

    Article and Video from Upper Michigan Source Water Festival draws over 1,000 middle schoolers to Michigan Tech

    Water Festival at Michigan Tech Read the Michigan Tech news story

    Article and video from ABC News 10: Students learn about Lake Superior at MTU’s Water Festival 

    Students spent a half-day on campus and attended four 35-minute activities. The Water Festival is designed to offer students engaging Great-Lakes-based content taught by Tech scientists, students and community experts (including artists and historians).

    Activities offered include remotely operated vehicles, non-native invasive species, Great Lakes monitoring, land and water stewardship, Keweenaw geology, the aquatic food web, fish ecology and more.

    “The Water Festival will provide an opportunity for students to learn about and celebrate our most precious natural resource: clean, fresh water,” said Joan Chadde, education program coordinator. “We will present a wide variety of topics related to the Great Lakes, from science and engineering to social studies and the arts.”

    October 23 Water Festival for Grades 4-8 from 8:45 to 3:00 pm at the Great Lakes Research Center:

    View slide of Pictures of Lake Superior Water Festival

    View Videos clips about Lake Superior Water Festivals

    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech

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