Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Michigan Tech Summer Teacher Institutes application deadline is June 14

Michigan Tech's research vessel, the Agassiz, will help teachers collect Great Lakes ecosystem data during the 5-day Great Lakes Watershed Teachers Institute June 24-28. (File photo courtesy Michigan Technological University)

HOUGHTON -- This summer, Michigan Tech is offering four summer institutes for middle and high school teachers through its Western UP Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education. The application deadline has been extended to this Friday, June 14.

Each institute runs for five days. Michigan Tech offers two graduate credits for completion of an institute. Here is the schedule:

The Great Lakes Watershed (June 24-28): Teachers explore the physical, chemical, and biological components of the Great Lakes ecosystem, using the Lake Superior watershed as the classroom: collect data aboard the Agassiz research vessel; visit streams, wetlands, stewardship projects; participate in Earth Force stewardship and MEECS Water Quality Unit workshops.

Global Change (July 8-12):This 5-day Institute will prepare teachers to engage  middle and high school students in a real-world study of the effects of global change on ecosystems, including the impacts of climatic change on forests -- elevated carbon dioxide and ozone levels, nitrogen saturation, acid rain, and invasive species. Teachers will participate in workshop and receive NEW MEECS Climate Change Unit.

Forest Management and Resources (July 15-19): Through lecture, hands-on field data collection, classroom activities, and visits to an active logging site and sawmill, participants learn tree ID, forest measurements, forest health, disease and insect pests, forest soils, carbon sequestration, forest best management practices, and sustainable forest management. Sessions are presented by Michigan Tech faculty and professional foresters. Teachers receive $200 of classroom and field supplies, including tree iD field guides, D-tapes, meter tapes, log sticks, and more.

Maritime Transportation and Ship-building (July 23-26): Explore the ship-building yards that design and construct multi-million dollar yachts, U.S. Coast Guard vessels, and Great Lakes freighters in Green Bay, Marinette, Sturgeon Bay and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Participants will visit ACE Marine, Marquis Yachts, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s North Coast Marine Manufacturing Training Center, Port of Green Bay, NOAA weather station, Lake Michigan's Badger ferry, and several maritime museums. Institute will visit in NE Wisconsin.

More information, costs and application forms are available online at http://wupcenter.mtu.edu

For more detailed information, please contact Joan Chadde, institute coordinator, at jchadde@mtu.edu, 906-487-1029. 

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