Young scientists sample the freshwater food chain through GM’s Ride the Waves at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.
Whitefish bellies, lard-filled olives—and a boat ride on Michigan Tech’s 36-foot Research Vessel Agassiz. Just the thing to hook elementary students on science, technology, engineering and math.
Funded by General Motors (GM) since 2013, Ride the Waves gets about 700 students per year out on local waters and into GLRC labs to work side-by-side with Michigan Tech students, staff and faculty. The goal: to better understand the freshwater environment and factors that affect it, from phytoplankton to mining waste.
Joan Chadde is in Detroit this week conducting a four-day teacher institute at the Belle Isle Aquarium as part of an National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experiences for Student and Teachers (ITEST) grant project.
The project’s goal is to increase the interest of diverse students in science and science careers. This summer institute is a collaboration with Wayne State University (Jeff Ram, PI) and the Belle Isle Conservancy.
There were free scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel Agassiz from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, during the Strawberry Festival. Excursions departed from the Chassell marina.
“How do scientists assess the health of Lake Superior” was the focus of the free scientific excursions. The public was invited to sign up for a 30-minute scientific excursion.
On each scientific excursion, Marcel Djkstra, a graduate of Michigan Tech and currently a Great Lakes scientist at the University of Wisconsin, demonstrated the use of sampling equipment to collect data on: water clarity, temperature, and turbidity that tells us about the health of the lake—and Chassell Bay. Participants explored the link between land uses and the health of the Great Lakes.
Remotely-Operated-Vehicle (ROV) demonstrations were also conducted from the Chassell Marina dock by Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center researchers throughout the afternoon.
“Copper Country residents and visitors are encouraged to learn how scientists study the Great Lakes and which measurement indicate a healthy lake,” explained Joan Chadde director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, who has coordinated this program as part of Strawberry Festival since 2006.
“These scientific excursions for the public have been extremely popular. Youth and adults enjoy the opportunity to interact with Great Lakes scientists and get their questions answered,” adds Chadde.
The event is coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center, and funded by the GM Ride the Waves Program. The GM Ride the Waves Program puts more than 600 Copper Country youth and adults on the water each year to learn about the Great Lakes and Lake Superior and promote STEM careers. Additional financial support is provided by the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center and the Chassell Lions Club.
Middle school students from Baraga and L’Anse will be attending an Engineering Exploration summer camp at Michigan Tech this week. It is the second of three week-long science camps requested by the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College STEM Outreach Department and funded by a 4-year US Department of Education STEM education grant.
Engineering Exploration will cover “What is Engineering,” chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering and bridge building, transportation engineering, environmental engineering and materials engineering. It will run from 10 am to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Great Lakes Research Center Room 104.
A summer camp called Mathematica and Computer Applications will be held July 10-14 in the Forestry computer lab. Students will learn about geographic information systems (GIS), data collection and processing, base maps, importing and adding data from the world, making and editing a web map, mathematics and the Wolfram language, defining functions, Raspberry Pi, basic circuits and using sensors.
The camp will wind up with a Quiz Bowl. For more information, contact Joan Chadde, firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Jenn Donovan.
Keweenaw Bay area middle school students explore engineering in MTU summer camp
In partnership with Michigan Tech, the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College STEM Outreach Department is going above and beyond for your typical summer camp. Today is part of a three week-long series of summer camps requested by the KBOCC. STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, encourages students to be exposed to those respective fields at an early age.
They’re getting exposed to a lot of different disciplines and a lot of possible career paths that they could choose Joan Chadde, Director of the Center of Science and Environmental Outreach
Engineering Exposure: STEM learning wrapped in summer fun for middle schoolers
HOUGHTON — Some middle school students from Baraga and L’Anse spent the week at Michigan Technological University learning everything from the logistics of running railroads to how to handle a remotely operated vehicle.
The Michigan Chronicle published a story about the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), mentioning that Michigan Tech is one of DAPCEP’s partners. DAPCEP students will be attending Summer Youth Programs at Tech in July. Sixteen high school students from Detroit and southwest Michigan will explore Natural Resources & Engineering majors and possible careers from July 26 – July 1st. This is the third year the program has been conducted.
Students will investigate invasive species and forest biomaterials with faculty scientists at School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science. Dr. Marty Auer and recent graduate environmental engineering graduate and past NSBE president, Terrianna Bradley, who also hails from Detroit, will take students on the water tosampleaquatic life aboard MTU’s Agassiz research vessel in Lake Superior, including a lab experience to identify plankton and analyze fish stomachs.
Faculty from Mechanical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. In addition, students will experience national and state parks and forests, wildlife refuges, and nature sanctuaries, including an overnight at the MI Department of Natural Resource RAM training center in Roscommon.
Coordinated by Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, contributions from the following covers the students’transportation, meals, and lodging:Michigan Technological University School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, College of Engineering, Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, Admissions, Housing & Residential Life, Great Lakes Research Center & Center for Diversity & Inclusion.
Describe what you hope to gain from this experience and your past experience with natural resources, engineering and environmental stewardship;
Email or mail ONE letter of recommendation (from non-family member, such as a teacher or community member) to: email@example.com
Deadline extended to Friday, June 9!
A team of educators, university staff, and resource specialists will select participants in mid-May.
A mandatory Parent Meeting will be held in mid- June.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Leyla Sanker| Discovering Place | University of Michigan Flint | firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: 248-892-9329
Joan Chadde | Michigan Technological University |email@example.com | Office: 906-487-3341
Coordinated by Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach with generous funding from GM and the Ride the Waves Program at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.
Additional funding from Michigan Tech School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, College of Engineering, Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, Admissions, Great Lakes Research Center.
Michigan Tech’s Ride the Waves Program 2017 invites Copper Country youth in Grades 4-12 to join scientists from Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center in the exploration of Lake Superior, Portage Waterway and Torch Lake. There are four programs to choose from that will accommodate 18 youth and chaperones.
Aquatic Food Web & Lab Investigation (3-hour session, 1.5 hrs on Agassiz &1.5 hrs in lab at the Great Lakes Research Center). Find out how scientists investigate water quality and collect samples to examine in the lab. Find out “what makes a lake trout?” All ages students.
Mine Waste Remediation & Torch Lake Restoration (4-hour session, 2 hrs on Agassiz & 2 hrs on land; meet at the Lake Linden marina). The copper mining and milling history of the Copper Country is explored by land and water. Students visit historic copper milling sites, reclaimed mine waste sites, and the bottom of Torch Lake. Ideal for Grades 6-8 students.
Navigation Exploration (4-hour session, 2 hrs on Agassiz & 2 hrs in classroom at the Great Lakes Research Center) Students use chart dividers and compasses to determine the Agassiz’s position on a navigational chart and then navigate the Agassiz to a new location. Students will use algebra to determine the accuracy of their navigation. Ideal for Grades 8-12 students.
Lake Superior’s Ring of Fire (4-hour session on Agassiz) 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 Grades 9-12 students.
List all dates and times that work for your group and we will reply and fit you into the earliest available slot. Groups of 5 or more students will be given preference in scheduling, so get with your friends and form a group! Available May 25-Aug. 30, 2017.
The Ride the Waves Program is made possible with a generous grant from General Motors (GM) and Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center. More than 3000 youth have benefited from GM’s support, now in its 5th year.
CALUMET, Mich. (WLUC) — Some fourth grade students at CLK Elementary said the day’s lesson stunk. But that didn’t stop them from digging through trash to learn about waste management on May 9.
Some fourth grade students at CLK Elementary said the day’s lesson stunk. But that didn’t stop them from digging through trash to learn about waste management on May 9.
“We have to do “garbology,” where we get all the garbage from our grade and we’ll have to put on a tarp,” fourth grade student Dawson Kauppinen said. “And we have to separate all the plastic, metal, paper and a bunch of other stuff.”