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A partnership of Copper Country & Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School Districts and Michigan Tech Center for Science and Enviromental Outreach. 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.

K-12 Students

  • 2018 Western UP Science Fair  Results and Photos! click HERE! 
  • Spring 2018 ~ Four After School Science & Engineering Classes at MTU Offered!!
  • Outdoor Science Investigation Field Trips April 3 - June 8, 2018 To sign up: Spring Field Trip Request Form
  • To schedule Family Science & Engineering Nights contact Joan Chadde @ jchadde@mtu.edu  or 906-487-3341. Schedule
  • June - September 2018 Summer STEM Internships for Under-represented High School Students at MTU 
  • Teachers

  • May 1 & May 2, 4:30-8 pm  School Gardening Workshop at CCISD, 809 Hecla St., Hancock. Attend one or both days. 6 SCECHs for 2 days. Topics include: Site planning and design, Season extension, Seed Saving, Pollinators and Insects,and  integration into curriculum! FREE gardening books & tools. Register Online here.
  • July 26 – 29 Design a Sustainable Future Summer Teacher Institute for Gr. 4-12 Teachers Participants will: Investigate product life cycle, building design, renewable energy sources, low impact site design, water reuse, smart transportation and food systems 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!
  • June 13th Tips & Tools for Creating and Using Outdoor Classrooms Explore ways that teachers can unlock the powerful learning experiences that exist just beyond the classroom door! Examples from area nature playscapes, school gardens, interpretive areas and more will be showcased.
  • Jan - June 2018 Creating Great Lakes Stewards to Promote Clean Water & Healthy Urban Watersheds in Detroit  The MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech has received a $91,000 grant from the EPA for a two year project titled “Creating Great Lakes Stewards to Promote Clean Drinking Water & Healthy Urban Watersheds in Detroit” to build student and teacher capacity to steward the urban water resources of Detroit now and in the future. The project will engage 32 teachers at 16 schools, reaching 960 middle school students over 2 years. For more information
  • Community Events

  • March 22 -24 Celebrate Diversity and the UP Environment Presentations, Films and Discussion by Authors Dudley Edmondson and James Mills
  • March 23rd  -  24th  UPEC Celebrate the UPThere will be informational programs related to Lake Superior, …. This event is free to the public, and includes a Saturday afternoon outdoor outing to enjoy the Michigan Tech world class trails with skis, snowshoes or fat bikes!
  • Green Film Series: Issues and Dialogue 3rd Thursdays each month, January – May 2018 (except for Friday, March 23)
  • Archive Green Films 2011-2016 are now available for a 2-week checkout for Classroom, Meeting or Home Viewing. To borrow films, contact: Joan Chadde (487-3341 or jchadde@mtu.edu at the 115 Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Tech
  • Conferences

  • Mar. 2-3 ~ Michigan Science Teachers Association in Lansing
  • Mar. 15-18 ~ National Science Teachers Association in Atlanta
  • Oct. 5-7 ~ Michigan Alliance for Environmental & Outdoor Education Annual Conference in Port Huron
  • Oct. 10-13 ~ North American Association for Environmental Education in Spokane, WA
  • MTU Students

  • Now Hiring After School K-8 Instructors



    Celebrating first year of local recycling (2/6/17, Daily Mining Gazette)

    Recycling anniversary demonstrates local interest (2/7/17, Daily Mining Gazette)

    Hancock middle-school students dig through 182 pounds of trash ( 2/7/17, TV6)

    Daisy and the Engineers (November 24, 2016)

    Flint Teachers Visit Michigan Tech (TV6 News, July 26, 2016)

    Strawberry Fest features MTU's marine research vessel RV Agassiz (TV6 News, July 10, 2016)

    Students ride the waves to learn about careers in natural science (ABC10, June 24, 2016)

    TV6 News article on Detroit HS students Natural Resource & Engineering Career Pathway Program

    TV6 News article on on Summer Science Camps

    Series of 8 News Articles on MIchigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and Western UP Center collaboration 'Regional School Agencies Provide Resources" (March 31 - April 14, 2016)



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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
    Brian Doughty, bwdought@mtu.edu
    Education Program Assistant
    Erika Vye, ecvye@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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