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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

  • Fall 2017 ~ TWO After School Science & Engineering Classes at MTU Offered!!
    September 11-November 17, 2017 6 sessions ~ 4:00-5:30 p.m. (no class week of Thanksgiving)
    Hands-on explorations for Gr. 1-2 and Gr. 3-5 students taught by Michigan Tech science & engineering students and staff
    Gr. 1-2 Making & Tinkering WEDNESDAYS Oct. 25 - Dec. 6 Learning through tinkering! Explore tinkering and making with a variety of activities that blend science and engineering! Create a tower for baby bear, design a hand pollinator, build your own lifesaver mobile, and make your own house for the 3 little pigs!
    Gr. 3-5 Human Body TUESDAYS Oct. 24 - Dec. 5 Explore the science behind heartbeats & exercise, the human skeleton & muscles, sense of taste, sugar & teeth, and life without a thumb! How do nutrition and healthy choices make our bodies stronger? Be an engineer and design a prosthetic hand that can you can use to hold a cup!
    Cost:$75/student.Click here to register!

  • Outdoor Science Investigation Field Trips September 11-November 17, 2017 To sign up: Fall Field Trip Request Form
  • October 25th 6th Annual Water Festival for Gr. 9-12 Students. Register to attend.
    Water Festival Flyer
  • To schedule Family Science & Engineering Nights contact Joan Chadde jchadde@mtu.edu or 906-487-3341. Schedule


Community Events

  • 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


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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Teacher Institutes Summer 2017

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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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