Summer Institutes

Design Sustainable Future 12222

Design Sustainable Future Flyer_03.09Design a Sustainable Future Summer Teacher Institute for Gr. 4-12 Teachers  at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center

July 26 – 29, 2018

Earn 1 Graduate Credit or 24 SCECHs!

Participants will:

  • Investigate product life cycle, green building design, renewable energy sources, low impact site design, water reuse, smart transportation food systems, and more with cutting-edge research scientists and engineers at Michigan Technological University and community/teacher experts.
  • Engage in hands-on engineering lessons.
  • Obtain resources for teaching about sustainability while addressing the new Michigan Science Standards.
  • Be able to share STEM sustainability career options with your students. Feel hopeful!
  • Connect sustainability to the Next Generation Science Standards and Social Studies Standards.
  • Spend an exciting week in the Keweenaw Peninsula enjoying the great outdoors!


CREDIT: Earn 24 SCECHs (pending, no additional cost) or 1 Graduate Credit (additional cost)


MTU Graduate Credit Option

Teachers can choose to enroll in the course (ED5640) for one graduate credit $697. Additional coursework is required to earn the gradate credit. Teachers will develop a unit after the institute that will be due Sept. 17, 2018. Those who wish to receive graduate credit must apply to the Michigan Tech Graduate School by Friday, June 8.  You will receive more information from Rachelle Gariepy if you are interested in this option. 1 graduate credit = 50 SCECHs.

All participants will be asked to:

  • Complete pre-course readings and reflections.
  • Participate fully in all parts of the Institute.

COST: $300 off campus includes 5 lunches, field trips, classroom supplies;                                $550 on campus (also includes four nights lodging and meals from Tuesday breakfast to Friday lunch).

Apply online:   Application due by April 15, 2018.     Registration Form    Program Flyer
Payment due April 15, 2018.   Pay Here        Payments are non-refundable.

Financial Aid May Be Available

Teachers may apply for Michigan Space Grant Consortium K-12 Educator Incentive Program funds for up to $400 to attend workshops on math and science.


For More Information:

   Joan Chadde, Course Coordinator

   Director, Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach

   Tel: 906.487.3341


   Lauri Davis, Co-coordinator

   Houghton High School Science Department Chair

2016 participants had this to say about the institute:

  • I really enjoyed the presentations. They had many practical applications.
  • I got a ton of great info for my own learning and much will come out in the classroom.
  • Provided loads of activities to apply to different learning modalities.
  • All my content expectations were met!
  • Even when every presentation isn’t directly applicable to my own classroom, I found nearly every session interesting and added to my own background knowledge.
  • The sessions with hands-on activities that are NGSS-based were the best!
  • I liked the highly qualified presenters with quality real world content.

For more information: Joan Chadde, Institute Coordinator or 906-487-3341

Additional Teacher Institutes at Michigan Tech for Summer 2018 are listed here:


Supported by the Michigan Tech Sustainable Futures Institute, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute,

Great Lakes Research Center, and the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative.


Coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach.