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A partnership of Copper Country & Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School Districts and Michigan Technological University. Serving schools and communities in Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic, Ontonagon and Keweenaw Counties The Western UP Center is a member of the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network.

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  • GM Ride the Waves Programs for the Community ---- PDF Flyer --- Learn how scientists study the health of the Great Lakes at these events - call 906-487-3341 to reserve a seat; limited to 14 per excursion.
  • Green Lecture 2014-15: Rethinking Local Energy Choices & Costs, By Abhilash Kantamneni, PhD student, MTU Dept. of Computer Science; Thursday, September 11, 7:00-8:30 pm; G002 Hesterberg Hall, Forestry Building, Michigan Tech; Cost: FREE Enjoy coffee, tea & refreshments
  • Archive Green Films 2011-2014 are now available for a 2-week checkout for Classroom, Meeting or Home Viewing. To borrow films, contact: Loret Roberts (482-0331 or loret@copperisd.org at the CCISD at 809 Hecla St., Hancock) or Joan Chadde (487-3341 or jchadde@mtu.edu at the 115 Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Tech


News Story About 2014 Global Change Teacher Institute: The Grosse Pointe Times published an article about Christine Geerer, a teacher who participated in the Global Change Teacher Institute conducted by Michigan Tech this summer. See Middle School Teacher Studies Global Change in Summer Program, on page 4.

Sunday, July 20 - Lake Superior Day in Copper Harbor Park & Marina -- Pictures

Keweenaw Geoheritage–Tours by Water and Land
Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is known as a place of natural beauty with a fascinating mining history. Join local expert Bill Rose to learn how to read this landscape and how it came to be the way it is today. Geoheritage Tours Website

The Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette published an article about two brothers, both high school science teachers, who participated in Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Watershed Investigations Teacher Institute this summer. See "Local Teachers Travel to Study Lakes."

Great Lakes Investigations Aboard Michigan Tech Research Vessel Agassiz: Great Lakes Investigations Aboard Michigan Tech Research Vessel Agassiz for Students in Grades 4-12 ~ Fun! FREE! Educational!

July 24, 2014  Geology Teacher Institute July 21-25
Michigan teachers learn a thing or two about the U.P.’s geology

July 17, 2014  Great Lakes Teacher Institute
Learning about the lakes: MTU hosts teacher institute

July 10, 2014  Global Change Teacher Institute
Tracking a changing world Tech hosts 9th annual Global Change Teacher Institute

Lake Superior Day July 20, 2014:    GLRC story and pictures;    Lake Superior Day in Copper Harbor Park & Marina; Daily Mining Gazette article: A Superior celebration

July 2, 2014   Ride the Waves & Portage Lake District Library: Adults and kids learn about Great Lakes research, fish food web, marine robotics, more  from Keweenaw Now

GM Ride the Waves Programs for Youth: Get an up close & personal look at how scientists study the Great Lakes on July 1st

Lake Linden: Scientific Excursions aboard MTU’s Research Vessel Agassiz

June 23-27, 2014 Forest Ecology Teacher Institute on Belle Isle in Detroit, MI. Also see the Detroit Public Schools article: DPS teachers participate in the “Urban Forestry Teacher Institute”

Geoheritage Tours : Michigan Tech leads group on geoheritage tour along the Keweenaw Fault andn also Keweenaw Geoheritage–Tours by Water and Land

The Detroit Public Schools website published a feature article about Detroit teachers who participated in the Urban Forestry Teacher Institute on Belle Isle. The Institute is run by Michigan Tech's Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. See Teachers Participate in the Urban Forestry Teacher Institute.

Free scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel Agassiz were held at the Strawberry Festival, 1-5 p.m., Saturday, July 12 at Chassell Marina. “How do scientists assess the health of Lake Superior?” is the focus of the excursions.

2014 Summer Science Camps For Grades 1-6

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MNA GuideWalking Paths & Protected Areas of the Keweenaw

The Michigan Nature Association announces the publication of a new guidebook titled Walking Paths & Protected Areas of the Keweenaw which describes twenty-two sanctuaries & preserves in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. MORE . . . .

Teacher Institutes Summer 2014

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Shawn Oppliger, shawn@copperisd.org
Loret Roberts, loret@copperisd.org

Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education
809 Hecla St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Tel: (906) 482-0331
Fax: (906) 482-1931
Joan Chadde, jchadde@mtu.edu
K-12 Education & Outreach Program Coordinator
Lloyd Wescoat, lwescoat@mtu.edu
Education Program Assistant

Michigan Technological University
Center for Science & Environmental Education
Michigan Technological University
114-116 Great Lakes Research Center
1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931-1295
Tel: (906) 487-3341 Fax: (906) 487-1620

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