Category: Outreach

After School Science and Engineering Classes at Michigan Tech for Grades 1-8

There will be six after school science and engineering classes for students in grades 1 through 8 taught by Michigan Tech science and engineering students. The sessions will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 14 to Feb. 18, 2016.

These classes are coordinated by Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at the Great Lakes Research Center.

For more information see the flyer. Call Joan Chadde or Lloyd Wescoat at 7-3341 with any questions.

Note: Houghton school bus will drop off students at the GLRC by 3:45 p.m.

From Tech Today, by Joan Chadde.

Chadde Presents on Transportation Education

MTWCJoan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, presented “Engaging K-12 Students & Teachers in Learning About Transportation” at the Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit held last week at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Attending the conference with Chadde were Ronesha Strozier, an MS graduate in Environmental Policy (SS) and Rachel Chard, a 2nd year student majoring in Supply Chain & Operations (Business Management).

From Tech Today.

Outdoor Nature Program Saturday, December 12, 2015

Nara Nature Center
Nara Nature Center

There will be an outdoor nature program, “Bring Nature Home for the Holidays” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nara Nature Center.

Join environmental educator Denise Landsberg on a nature hike to collect greens for making decorative door swags. Ribbons and other decor items will be provided. Wear warm clothes and comfortable footwear.

This program is sponsored by the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals and coordinated by Michigan Tech’s Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and the Western U.P. Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education.

For more information contact Joan Chadde 7-3341.

From Tech Today, by Joan Chadde.

Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate to Read Here

Andrea Scarpino
Andrea Scarpino

Andrea Scarpino, the U.P. Poet Laureate, will be on campus Tuesday, December 8, 2015, for a poetry reading. The reading will be at 5 p.m. in Walker 134.

Scarpino is the author of three books; “What the Willow Said as it Fell,” “The Grove Behind” and “Once, Then” along with numerous publications in several literary journals, including PANK.

Scarpino will be on campus most of the day and has some time to meet with faculty or students. If you are interested in scheduling a time with Scarpino, contact Adam Feltz (CLS) or Stephanie Carpenter (HU).

Refreshments will be provided as part of the English Department Coffee House series.

From Tech Today.

Joan Chadde appointed to the Michigan Urban and Community Forestry Council

Joan Chadde
Joan Chadde

Joan Chadde has been appointed to the Michigan Urban and Community Forestry Council, an advisory group composed of representatives of municipalities, industry, non-profits and forestry professionals that provide assistance and advice to the state urban and community forestry program administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Because of her work in urban forest stewardship in Detroit, Chadde was asked to represent the K-12 education perspective. The Council works to advance the conservation and maintenance of urban forests throughout Michigan by ensuring trees and forests where people live, work and play are healthy, sustainable and diverse.

From Tech Today.

Recycling Lecture on Nov. 19, 2015

The program “Recycling in the UP: A Tale of Two Landfills,” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in G002 Hesterberg Hall of the Forestry Building on the Tech campus.

The Copper Country Recycling Initiative will present a panel discussion:

  • recycling efforts in Houghton County
  • new cardboard recycling facility to be constructed at the Houghton transfer station and at a satellite location in Chassell
  • find out which U.P. community has the goal of becoming a Zero Waste Community

Cosponsored by:

Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society

Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Keweenaw Land Trust

Copper Country Recycling Initiative

From Tech Today, by Joan Chadde.

Two Community Outdoor Nature Programs in November 2015

Nara Nature Center
Nara Nature Center

There are two Community Outdoor Nature Programs in the month of November. “Leaf and Needle ID: Do You Know What’s Growing in YOUR Backyard,” will be held at 2 p.m Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at the Maasto Hiito Trails Chalet in Hancock.

Join environmental educator Denise Landsberg on a nature walk to explore the Maasto Hiito trails and the common trees growing in our area. Things to bring: warm clothes and comfortable footwear.

A “Sensory Night Hike: Discover Your senses Coming Alive at Night,” will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Nara Nature Center. Explore the Nara trails at night and learn how senses adapt to the dark. Things to bring: warm clothes, comfortable footwear and a flashlight.

These programs are sponsored by the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals and coordinated by the Western UP Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. The Center hosts two programs each month. For more information contact the Center at 7-3341.

From Tech Today.

Become an Energy Detective

Kill a Watt MeterIs your house drafty? Does your roof grow prize-winning icicles? Are energy bills eating up your budget? Have energy vampires invaded your home? The Portage Lake District Library invites kids and their families to learn how to become a Sherlock “Homes” energy detective and search for clues to energy waste from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

Participants will learn ways to cut energy losses in their homes and save money. Families will participate in several fun, hands-on activities. “Inspector Gadget” will show how to use a Kill-o-Watt meter to measure energy use of household items and a “Draft-o-Meter” will show how to measure air leaks. With “Keep It Hot, Keep It Cold,” participants will compare the insulating properties of different materials. “Watt’s the Best Light Bulb?” will teach how to measure the light and temperature of different light bulbs and in “Where Are the Leaks?,” temperature with and without insulation will be compared. A free drawing for items from the Homeowner’s Energy Saving Treasure Chest will begin at 7:30 p.m.

This Energy Education Program is coordinated by the Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education with support from the Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) and Michigan Tech.

From Tech Today, by Portage Lake District Library.