Category: Teacher Education

Great Lakes Investigations Aboard Agassiz for Students in Grades 4-12

Ride the Waves with General Motors (GM) who invites Copper Country youth in grades 4-12 to join scientists from Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) in the exploration of Lake Superior, Portage Waterway and Torch Lake. There are four different programs to choose from–each 4 hours in length–that will accommodate approximately 14 youth and chaperones.

Aquatic Food Web and Lab Investigation
Find out how scientists investigate water quality and collect samples to examine in the lab to find out “what makes a lake trout?” All ages are welcome. A four-hour session (two on the boat and two in lab) on June 23-27, June 30, July 1, 24, and Aug. 1, 4-7.

Mine Waste Remediation and 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. It is ideal for middle school students. A four-hour session (two on Agassiz and two in Lake Linden) on July 1, Aug. 4-7.

Investigate the Lake with a Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV)
Unless you’re a diver, few get to see what lies beneath the waves without a remotely operated vehicle. What surprises await you? This program is ideal for middle/high school students. They are two-to-three hour sessions on Agassiz on July 21, 23 and 30, departing from various locations. An optional shuttle is available from Michigan Tech.

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? This program is ideal for high school students. A four-hour session on Agassiz on Aug. 18-22.

Register online at the Ride the Waves Registration Form. Please list all dates and times that work for you and we will reply and fit you into the earliest available slots.

Groups of five or more students will be given preference in scheduling, so get with your friends and form a group!

The Ride the Waves Program is funded by GM and the GLRC.

For more information, contact Joan Chadde ( or Lloyd Wescoat ( or call 7-3341.

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Reminder: Deadline Today for Summer Science Camp Registration

This is a reminder that the deadline for Summer Science Camp registration is today. The students enjoy coming to the Great Lakes Research Center for hands-on science classes and love the “immersion” of taking classes all day at Nara Nature Center. It features small class sizes and focused, diverse learners!

2014 Summer Science Camp for Students entering Grades 1-6

Session I: June 17-19
Session II: June 24-26

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues-Wed-Thurs.

Registration Deadline: Today
Registration form posted at Summer Registration.

Contact the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Tech by calling 7-3341.

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Call for Moosewatch Educators/Moosewatch Team IV

Educators can participate in the wolf/moose research on Isle Royale National Park through ED5560: Ecology of Isle Royale for Educators. Applications for Moosewatch for Educators will be accepted until Friday, June 27. The course dates are July 29 through August 6.

There are also still a few openings for Moosewatch Team IV. Trip dates are Friday, June 27 through August 6. Details about the trip and how to apply are on the website.

Moosewatch info here.

Contact information: Leah Vucetich,, 906-370-2374,

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2014 Summer Science Camp at Michigan Tech for Students entering Grades 1-6

Summer Science Camp2014 Summer Science Camp at MTU for Students entering Grades 1-6

Session I: June 17-19, 2014
Session II: June 24-26, 2014

9:00am-4:00pm, Tues-Wed-Thurs.

Session I is June 17-19 and Session II is June 24-26. For both sessions the camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

For Students Entering Grades 1-3
Session I: Science Explorers
Location: Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center
Each day will have a special focus: chemistry, physical science and engineering. On the first day, we’ll make secret formulas, ooey gooey slime, examine mystery powders and use red cabbage to indicate acidity (i.e. vinegar). On the second day, students will enjoy creating their own music from their handmade instruments–straw oboes, twang, spoon bell, clucking chicken and a school box guitar. On the third day, students will use their creativity to design solutions to a variety of age-appropriate engineering challenges–designing a container for 293 popcorn pieces, a bubble maker and a roller chute.

Session II: Critter Camp
Location: Nara Nature Center
Join us on an animal adventure! Explore the world of animals from insects and worms to mammals. Learn about their habitats and how they interact with each other and their environment via nature hikes and hands-on activities.

For Students Entering Grades 4-6
Session I: Nature Skills
Location: Nara Nature Center
Students will become acquainted with nature through scientific explorations, games, stories and ancient traditional skills. Each day will bring new adventures. Plant day: identify plants, learn about sustainable collection and then make cordage and pine needle tea. Animal day: identify tracks, study the art of camouflage, and learn the language of birds. Our third day will focus on natural forces and the Earth: build a solar still, make friction fires, learn to read the landscape and more.

Session II: Rockets & Roller Coasters
Location: Great Lakes Research Center
Students will explore Newton’s laws of motion and how rockets use these laws to move when they make rockets galore–water bottle rockets, balloon rockets, pop can rockets and edible meteorites. Students will investigate gravity, friction, forces, potential and kinetic energy as they design a roller coaster made of cardboard tubes.

Instructors and Class Size
Classes will be taught by staff of the WUP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Michigan Tech students and certified teachers. Class size will be limited to 20 students.

$120 per student per session which includes three classes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all supplies. Students need to bring their own lunch each day. Snacks will be provided in the afternoon.

Sessions will take place at the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) or Nara Nature Park. Each location offers easy drop off and pick up for parents and caregivers.

Deadline for registration is Tuesday, June 10. The registration form is posted at Summer Camp Registration.

If you have any questions contact the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at the GLRC at Michigan Tech by calling 906-487-3341.

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Summer Institutes Open for K-12 Teachers: Application Deadline June 2

The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education is offering short courses for K-12 teachers this summer. The application deadline is June 2.

Learn more about the courses and register online at . Apply for Michigan Tech credit at A rented mini-van will be provided to transport Detroit teachers, plus one night’s lodging, to the Global and Great Lakes teacher institutes at Michigan Tech.

The Forest Ecology Teacher Institute will be held June 23-27 on Belle Isle, near Detroit. The workshop is partially supported by the US Forest Service and the Michigan Forest Association. The $300 tuition includes five lunches, 2 graduate credits, instructional materials, field trips, overnight at Hawk Woods.

Global Change Teacher Institute will be held July 7-11 at Michigan Technological University. The $250 fee includes five lunches, 2 Michigan Tech graduate credits and instructional materials. Cost is $400 to stay on campus, which includes meals and lodging. The workshop is partially supported by the National Science Foundation.

The Great Lakes Watershed Investigations Teacher Institute will be held July 14-18 at Michigan Tech. The $295 fee includes five lunches, 2 MTU graduate credits and instructional materials; Cost is $495 to stay in on-campus lodging. Cost is reduced due to generous support from a National Science Foundation grant.

Geology & Mineral Resources of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will be held July 21-25. The $300 fee includes 2 graduate credits, 5 lunches, one night’s lodging (double occupancy) and meals, all field trips and classroom supplies. Cost including on-campus lodging is $450.

Ecology of Isle Royale for Educators on Isle Royale will be held Aug. 1-9. The cost is $1,200.

For more information, contact Lori Witting or 906-487-2263.

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Woller-Carter Accepted to LearnLab Summer School

Margo Woller-Carter
Margo Woller-Carter

Margo Woller-Carter, who is a PhD Student in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, was just accepted to this year’s summer workshop at LearnLab. She will work with the Intelligent Tutoring Group in preparation for development of the “ online intelligent tutor” that is the focus of her dissertation.

“LearnLab, is an NSF Science of Learning Center (SLC) at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. The LearnLab Summer School is an intensive 1-week course focused on creating technology-enhanced learning experiments and building intelligent tutoring systems.”

Retirement Party for Brad Baltensperger April 30, 2014

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!

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