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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.

Teacher Workshops

  • Feb. 5 NOAA Assets & Lesson Writing (4-8 pm at Copper Country ISD). To register, contact: Loret Roberts <Loret@copperisd.org> or call 482-0331
  • Spring 2015 Family Engineering Training Workshops: Engaging Elementary-Aged Students & Parents in Engineering; Family Engineering Training workshops will be held for Michigan teachers and school administrators at three locations: Wayne County RESA, SVSU Math/Science Center, GVSU Math/Science Center
  • March 19 Participate in 7 Transportation Modules (Bridge Builder, Highway Development and the Environment, Highway Safety, Magnetic Levitation, Motion & the Transportation Engineer, Roadway Design & Construction, and Traffic Technology) and choose TWO FREE modules at this workshop (8:00 AM - 3:30 pm) at MTU led by Ms. Julie Van Portfliet, MI Dept of Transportation. 6 SCECHs.
  • Teacher Institutes Summer 2014

K-12 Students

Community Events

  • Green Film Series - Jan. 15 ‐ The Human Scale: How we can make our cities and towns more attractive and healthy? Based on the work of famed architect and urban planner Jan Gehl, the film brings real solutions that promise a more humanistic dimension to cities where people are not displaced by congested streets, skyscrapers, and the car‐centric urbanism of the 1960s and '70s. (83 min)See all the Spring 2015 Green Film Series List
  • 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


A night of family fun? Snow problem Dec 13 and Fun for the whole family: Despite rain, nature event held at Nara trail, chalet Dec 16 from the Daily Mining Gazette

Fun learning: Family Science Night

Solar Powering Michigan Green Lecture 2014-15

Students build underwater robots to keep an eye on the Great Lakes

2014 Water Festival at the Great Lakes Research Center

First ever BioBlitz in the Copper Country Article from Upper Michigan Source

Michigan Tech Scientists Helping Jeffers Students with Biological Surveying

Mining Journal Article Students get hands on at BioBlitz (Subcribers only)

BioBlitz Sep. 30th at Jeffers Junior-Senior High School  FLYER

Menominee Catholic Central School will make their annual visit to MTU

2nd Place Winners of Great Lakes Ocean Sciences Bowl Visit MTU
Twelve students in Gr. 10-12 came from Greenhills School in Ann Arbor visited MTU on September 26-27. These students are the recipients of a $400 travel stipend to visit MTU which they earned as 2nd place winners in the Great Lakes Bowl held annually at the University of Michigan. Students from all over Michigan participate, including Jeffers High School locally. The MTU travel stipend was provided by the School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science and the Center for Science & Environmental Education. The group was hosted by the Great Lakes Research Center! This group of eager learners had a busy and exciting time at MTU

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

Link to More News

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

The Western UP Center offers a wide variety of K-12 outreach programs in science, mathematics and environmental education to improve K-12 science and mathematics education throughout the state of Michigan.

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