Local school districts tap Western UP Center for educational programming
HOUGHTON – Programs and events such as science nights, outdoor field trips, and etcetera, are just a very few examples of programs and activities available to schools all across the state of Michigan. In the western Upper Peninsula, they are made available through an organization called the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.
Joan Chadde, program director of the Western U.P. center, said in addition to programs for students, they also offer programs and services to educators.
“Another thing we do is we offer a teacher professional development,” she said, “so we have this resource clearing house and then the school year workshops, summer institutes. So, we just had a workshop here on Tuesday. It was on recycling. So the teachers were learning how they can integrate recycling into their science and social studies curriculum.”
Center gets grants to provide school resources
HANCOCK – The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education is a valuable resource to schools throughout the five western counties of the U.P. Those counties are Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, and Gogebic.
All of the programs and resources offered to the schools are grant-funded, Opplinger said, requiring long days and many hours of requesting grants.
“These are 12-hour days, because we’re writing grants, and you’re lucky if you get 25 percent of them,” Chadde said.