Water Festival enthralls 1,019 local students at Michigan Tech’s new Great Lakes Research Center
The Water Festival enthralled 1,019 students in grades 4-8 classes from Houghton (Grades. 6-8), Hancock (Gr. 8), Calumet (Grades 4, 5, 8), Lake Linden-Hubbell (Grades 4, 8), Dollar Bay (Grades 4-6, 8), Jeffers (Gr. 7), Stanton Twp. (Gr. 4-8), and Ewen-Trout Creek (Gr. 4-6) schools, in addition to triggering excitement amongst their teachers and the parent chaperones who accompanied them.
There were a total of 67 presenters volunteering their time throughout the day, in addition to 34 Michigan Tech students who served as guides leading the classes to their various sessions in and around the Great Lakes Research Center. A total of 30 different sessions on a wide range of topics related to Lake Superior and water resources were presented.
Sessions were presented by MTU scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, and 25% were presented by a diverse array of specialists from the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Copper Country Arts Center, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw, Keweenaw Land Trust, U.S. Coast Guard, Copper Country Trout Unlimited, LakeDance in Chicago, SOAR from Dollar Bay High School, and the Michigan Nature Association.
There was an article was in Tuesday's Michigan Tech Lode.
We’d like to acknowledge our funders who helped to make this happen---Michigan Space Grant Consortium, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, MTU Center for Water & Society, and Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition. The Water Festival was coordinated by the Western UP Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education at Michigan Tech.
"The Water Festival was a monumental task and you and your staff did a great job. Nearly 1100 kids in a first year event in a new building and it went very well. Thank You for all of your efforts."
Earth Science Teacher,
Washington Middle School (Calumet)
"Thank you for putting on a wonderful event today! Everything was topnotch and very much appreciated!"
Jean Dunstan, Gr. 6-8 science & social studies teacher, Stanton Twp. School
"Great job! Thanks for a great learning experience."
Janet Larson, Gr. 4 teacher, Stanton Twp. School
The Water Festival is made possible with grants from the
Michigan Space Grant Consortium,
Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative,
MTU Center for Water & Society,
and Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition