Category: Outreach

Chadde Presents at Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Terry Sharik (SFRES) presented the keynote address titled, “Undergraduate Enrollment in U.S. Natural Resource Academic Programs: Trends, Drivers and Implications for the Future of the Profession,” at the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education annual conference Friday and Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie. Joan Chadde (Center for Science and Environmental Outreach) and a Houghton High School science teacher presented, “Designing a Sustainable Future.” Jean Dunstan, Deidre Erbisch and Michael Hainault, Stanton Township School teachers, presented, “All About Birds: How to Start A Bird Program for Kids.” Marcy Erickson (CSEO) and Nathan Miller, Keweenaw Land Trust, received registration stipends to attend their first MAEOE conference.

From Tech Today.

MAEOE Conference 2015

Designing a Sustainable Future
Presenter: Joan Chadde & Lauri Davis- Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Western UP Center for
Science, Math, & Environmental Education, and Michigan Technical University.
Audience: All Location: Lake Huron Room
The session will facilitate teachers’ ability to engage Gr. 4-12 students in learning about sustainability and how to integrate this topic into their science, math, technology, or engineering curriculum. Participants will explore building and site design, renewable energy sources, vehicle design (mechanical engineering), efficient transportation systems (civil engineering), product life cycles and sustainable forestry initiative, food systems, and more. Attendees will receive lessons and resources.

Joan Chadde- Michigan Tech University
Joan is the director of the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech University and has more than 30 years of experience in K-12 science and environmental education.

Community Outdoor Nature Programs for Families

Nara Nature Center
Nara Nature Center

Community Outdoor Nature Programs for Families are free and open to the public. Below are the upcoming sessions.

  • 7:30 -11:00 a.m. Saturday—Trapping and observations of birds and small mammals, with Jesse Knowlton and Dan Haskell (SFRES). Find out what lives at the Marsin Nature Area. The Keweenaw Land Trust is looking for citizen scientists (no experience necessary) to help document observations of birds, small mammals, and other wildlife on the property. Guided hikes will leave the Retreat at 8 a.m., rain or shine.
  • 6-7:30 p.m., Monday—Making Apple Cider (bring your own apples and jugs to take home) with Chris Hohnholt (SFRES), at Nara Nature Center.

What to Bring: Dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes.

This program is funded by the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals and coordinated by the Western U.P. Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education and the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. For more information, call 7-3341.

From Tech Today.

Amber Kemppainen Chosen for National Academy Symposium

Amber J. Kemppainen
Amber J. Kemppainen

Amber Kemppainen, a senior lecturer in engineering fundamentals, has been chosen as one of 70 young engineering educators across the nation to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium in Irvine, Cal., Oct. 25-28.

At the symposium, faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines, will come together to share ideas and learn from research and best practices.

Attendees were nominated by NAE members or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants.

Kempainnen has been instrumental in developing Tech’s IDEAS project, including three curriculum modules—biomechanics, wind energy and aquaculture—for first-year engineering students and a First-Year Engineering Learning Center.

From Tech Today, by Jenn Donovan.

Kempainnen is also a PhD student in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, Cognitive and Learning Sciences. Her advisor is Susan Amato-Henderson.

Community Outdoor Nature Program Tonight

“Discover How Insects Prepare for Winter”, 6 -7:30 p.m. tonight, September 28, 2015, at Nara Nature Center, with Jim Bess. Observe preserved insects and the tools of the entomologist then take a hike to find some insects.

What to Bring:  Dress for the weather. Wear good walking shoes. Ring rubber boots (optional).

This program is free and open to the public. Funding provided by the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals and coordinated by the Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education and the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach. For more information contact the Center by calling: 7-3341

From Tech Today.

Community Outdoor Nature Programs

Outdoor ScienceThe Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach is coordinating a monthly outdoor program for families and children. Two programs focused on nature exploration are planned each month through December—Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons. There is no need to register and no cost to attend; all are welcome.

Attendees can expect a variety of presenters who will lead each program focused on a different topic. Events are designed to engage parents and children in nature outdoors in a various locations. Information on the events are as follows:

  • Sept. 26, 2 p.m. at Brown Nature Sanctuary—Collecting and identifying of aquatic insects at Lake Perrault and Nature Hike with Joan Chadde, water resource specialist
  • Sept. 28, 6 p.m. at Nara Nature Center—”How do insects prepare for winter?” with Jim Bess, entomologist
  • Oct. 10, 7:30-11 a.m. at Marsin Nature Center—Trappings and observations of birds and small mammals with Jesse Knowlton and Dan Haskell (SFRES)
  • Oct. 12, 6 p.m. at Nara Nature Center—Apple cider making (bring your own apples and jugs) with Chris Hohnholt (SFRES)
  • Nov. 7, 2 p.m. at Maasto-Hiito Chalet—Leaf and needle ID: “Do you know what’s growing in your backyard?” with Denise Landsberg, outdoor science educator
  • Nov. 16, 6 p.m. at Nara Nature Center—Sensory night hike; discover your senses coming alive at night, with Marcy Erickson, outdoor science educator
  • Dec. 7, 6 p.m. at Nara Nature Center—Luminary night walk at the Nara Boardwalks with Marcy Erikson, outdoor science educator
  • Dec. 12, 2 p.m. at Nara Nature Center—”Finding your way: Compasses and treasure hunts” with Denise Landsberg, outdoor science educator

As with any outdoor event—dress accordingly for the weather. For more information call 7-3341 or visit wupcenter.mtu.edu.

From Tech Today.

2015 Lake Superior Water Festival

Water Festival

2015 Lake Superior Water Festival
Great Lakes Research Center
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Registration is open! Teachers can now register their high school classes to attend an exciting array of activities that will increase students’ knowledge of Great Lakes science, engineering, history, careers, and more! During each half-day session, students attend four 35-minute activities.

Learn more at the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

Lake Superior Water Festival

Nearly 500 high school students, in 19 classes from 11 schools in Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties will flood Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center today, September 30, 2015. The GLRC will be a hopping place on from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. today for the Fourth Annual Lake Superior Water Festival. More than 15 different sessions will be offered throughout the day, presented by Michigan Tech faculty, staff, students, community organizations, government agencies, authors, artists and photographers.

The Water Festival provides an opportunity for students to learn about and celebrate our most precious natural resource – clean, fresh water.

The 2015 Water Festival is made possible with funding from Earth Force, Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society, the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, and Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative.

From Tech Today, by Joan Chadde.

Register for End of Summer Science Camp

Nara Nature TrailRegistration for the End of Summer Science Camp is open until Aug. 24. Camps take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 1-3.

Grades 1-3: Nature at the Nara Center

Enjoy time outdoors at the Nara Nature Center exploring trails, wildlife and plants. Make nature observations, play games and do nature crafts as a fun way to end summer vacation. Drop off at the Nara Nature Center.

Grades 4-6: Science and Nature Explorations in the Great Outdoors

This group will spend the 1st day at the Great Lakes Research Center engaged in forays around campus. On Day 2 & 3, they’ll explore the Keweenaw Land Trust’s Marsin Nature Area with bug, wildlife and aquatic experts. There will be time to play games, read stories, write poetry, daydream and record observations in journals. Weather permitting, there will be water activities. Drop off at the Great Lakes Research Center. A Michigan Tech van will transport students to Marsin Center on Wednesday and Thursday. Please note on the registration form if you will drop off your student at the Nara Nature Center at 9:30 a.m. and pick up at 3:30 p.m.

The number attending is limited to 20 students for Grades 1-3, and 15 students for Grades 4-6. Cost is $135 per student and attendees must bring their own lunch. You can register online or by contacting wupcenter@mtu.edu. For more information, call 7-3341.

From Tech Today, by Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at Great Lakes Research Center.

Lake Superior Day at Copper Harbor Sunday

Lake Superior DayThe beauty and bounty of Lake Superior will be celebrated Sunday at the Third Annual Lake Superior Day in Copper Harbor. Community volunteers, along with the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, are organizing the festival with lots of special activities at the 6th Street Dock along the Copper Harbor Boardwalk. Activities include:

  • Community picnic ($5 donation suggested)
  • Canoe races and kayak demonstrations
  • Interactive art (paint the model freighter)
  • Remotely-Operated-Vehicle demonstrations by Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center
  • Presentation on the health of Lake Superior by Great Lakes scientist Martin Auer (CEE)
  • Live music, poetry and more

From 1-4 p.m. a special highlight is the opportunity for festival attendees to find out how scientists study the Great Lakes by taking a 40-minute scientific excursion aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel, Agassiz. The excursions are part of the Ride the Waves Program funded by a grant from General Motors. The Agassiz will depart every 45 minutes from the Isle Royale Queen dock beginning at 1 p.m. Participants must be at least seven years old, and children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants should wear closed-toe shoes. Space is limited and those interested may pre-register by calling 7-3341 or email Lloyd Wescoat at lwescoat@mtu.edu. Lake Superior Day is celebrated throughout the Lake Superior basin on or close to the third Sunday in July in many communities around Lake Superior. Learn more about Lake Superior Day events around the lake.

From Tech Today, by Joan Chadde.

Copper Harbor to celebrate 2015 Lake Superior Day with fun for all July 26

COPPER HARBOR — Celebrate Lake Superior Day in Copper Harbor from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Celebrate the beauty and bounty of Lake Superior! Copper Harbor community volunteers, along with the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, are organizing the 3rd annual Lake Superior Day Festival with lots of special activities at the 6th Street Dock along the Copper Harbor Boardwalk (near Isle Royale Queen boat dock).

Read more at Keweenaw Now

People celebrate Lake Superior Day

COPPER HARBOR – Some people were listening to science talks. Some were paddling in canoes. Others were simply eating grilled corn and looking out over the water.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Garrett Neese (subscription required).

Volunteers Needed for KSEF Family Engineering Event

KSEFThe Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach will conduct a family engineering event from noon-3 p.m. August 6 at Houghton’s Kestner Waterfront Park. The event is part of the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival. A total of 15 volunteers are needed to help. No prior experience is necessary It is hands on and will be fun for all ages, but targets elementary students and their parents. However, many of the engineering challenges work for middle/high school ages and beyond.

The volunteers will monitor and encourage participants in ten to 12 short, self-directed activities of three to five minutes each. Also needed are one or two volunteers for each of the engineering challenges, about four or five. A 40 by 60-foot tent will be set up for the activities.

An optional practice session will be held at the Great Lakes Research Center the day before the family event. To sign up, email your name, cell phone number and academic major or department to jchadde@mtu.edu. Learn more about the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival.

From Tech Today, by Joan Chadde.

Sun, sand, science
Festival intended to spark STEM interest

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Meghan Marquardt (subscription required).

Agassiz excursions at Strawberry Festival

Agassiz Michigan Tech“How scientists assess the health of Lake Superior” is the focus of free scientific excursions that will be offered at the Chassell Strawberry Festival from 1-5 p.m., Saturday departing from the marina.

The public is invited to sign up for free scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel Agassiz by calling the Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education at 7-3341 or coming to the Chassell Marina dock on Saturday between 12:30 and 4 p.m. Spaces go quickly. On-site sign-ups begin at 12:30 p.m. with first departure at 1 pm. Half of spaces will be saved for onsite participants.

On each scientific excursion, Martin Auer (CEE) will demonstrate the use of sampling equipment to collect plankton and sediment, evaluate water clarity, temperature and turbidity that tell us about the health of the lake, i.e. Chassell Bay. Participants will investigate the connection between land uses and the health of the Great Lakes.

Scientific excursions will depart from the Chassell marina dock approximately every half hour. Space is limited to 15 persons per excursion (children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult). Life jackets are available for all passengers.

Remotely-Operated-Vehicle (ROV) demonstrations will also be conducted from the Chassell Marina dock throughout the afternoon. “Copper Country residents and visitors are encouraged to learn how scientists study the Great Lakes and what factors contribute to a healthy lake,” explains Joan Chadde, education program director. “These scientific excursions for the public have been offered at the Strawberry Festival since 2006 and have been extremely popular. Youth and adults enjoy the opportunity to interact with Great Lakes scientists and get their questions answered.”

The event is coordinated by the Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center. This year, the program is funded by the GM Ride the Waves Program putting more than 500 Copper Country youth and adults on the water each year to learn about the Great Lakes and promote STEM careers, along with support from the Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society and the Chassell Lions Club.

From Tech Today, by Joan Chadde.