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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

  • Winter 2018 ~ Three After School Science & Engineering Classes at MTU Offered!!
    January 22nd - Febuary 28th, 2018, 6 sessions ~ 4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Hands-on explorations for Gr. 1-2, Gr. 3-5 and Gr. 6-8 students taught by Michigan Tech science & engineering students and staff
    Gr. 1-2 Amazing Animals Tuesdays Join us on an animal adventure! Explore the world of animals from insects to mammals. Learn about their habitats and how they interact with each other and the environment.
    Gr. 3-5 Blast Off!! All About Rockets Mondays Come learn how rockets achieve lift and steer while designing and testing your very own rockets! Students will explore the physics of lift propulsion and design their own non combustible powered rockets each week.
    Gr. 6-8 An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Wednesdays Students will gain invaluable skills using computers to solve real world problems and make maps to visually represent data. This class will introduce students to how GIS is used and how to make a webmap for use on a webpage! This fast growing technology is used in career fields such as natural resource management, engineering and land use.
    Cost: Gr. 1-5 $75/student. Gr.6-8 $90/student Click here to register!

  • Outdoor Science Investigation Field Trips January 2nd - March 23rd, 2018 To sign up: Winter Field Trip Request Form
  • To schedule Family Science & Engineering Nights contact Joan Chadde jchadde@mtu.edu or 906-487-3341. Schedule


  • March 7th 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm Dinner & Dialogue: YOU ARE HERE: Writing and Mapping  with Kathleen Heideman  Hands-on poetry writing and collage workshop for teachers mixing storytelling, local roadmaps, handwritten texts, and Google Maps. We'll draw inspiration from data visualizations (trees, webs), poems of place, and ideas for  building environmental stewardship through kinship   Ideal for those teaching ecology, geology, geography, studio art and creative writing; naturalistic intelligence and visual-spatial intelligence; those interested in STEAM (STEM + Art/Design); and those teaching grades 7-12. Informal educators and teachers of all grade levels are encouraged to attend! Free to LSSI teams, CCRC members, & MTU Teacher Candidates
    Registration is limited to 30 participants (preregistration is required)  SCECHs pending 
    Please bring a laptop or tablet.
    202 Great Lakes Research Center (MTU campus)
    Click link to Register
  • 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

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MTU Students




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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