2008 Brochure PDF

2008 Registration Form PDF

About the Course

This Institute is designed to teach educators about the physical, chemical, and biological components of the Great Lakes ecosystem, using Lake Superior as the classroom. This 5-day course is designed to enhance the ability of educators to teach about Great Lakes topics including watershed delineation, stream and lake assessments, amphibian monitoring, communicating results, stewardship, and environmental careers. Mathematics; life, earth and physical sciences; technology; and social studies content expectations will be woven into the course content.

Participants will engage in hands-on data collection and analysis, field trips, lab experiences, and discussions with research scientists. Participants will take several day-trips on Lake Superior and inland lakes aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel, Agassiz, to sample water chemistry, zooplankton, phytoplankton, sediment, and benthic organisms. Participants will discover how toxins move between the water and air, study the impact of aquatic exotics on the Great Lakes, sample frogs as bioindicators of environmental health, Michigan Tech University faculty will present many of the sessions.

The Great Lakes Watershed Investigations Teacher Institute was coordinated by the Western Upper Peninsula for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education in partnership with Michigan Technological University. The institute was supported by a grant to the Western U.P. Center from the Michigan Coastal Management Program of the Michigan Department. of Environmental Quality with pass-funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Course Credit

Participants may enroll for 3 semester credits from MTU. To receive credit, participants must: develop two new lessons which are due September 1, 2008.

General Information


Cost per participant for the 5-day Institute is only $600 for both Michigan and out-of-state participants, which includes four nights room/board, field trips, instructional materials, and tuition for three graduate credits from Michigan Tech University. (The actual cost of the Institute totals $1800. A grant from the Michigan Dept of Environmental Quality Coastal Management Program, along with a departmental stipend from the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering reduces the official 2007/08 MTU Graduate Resident and Non-Resident tuition of $369 per credit). Payment of the full registration fee is due Friday, May 30. Make checks payable to ‘Michigan Technological University.’

Financial Aid

Applicants who are K-12 teachers in the eight Great Lakes states may apply for a scholarship through the COSEE Great Lakes program http://coseegreatlakes.net/ (click on Marine Immersion) or contact Marti Martz


To Apply/More Information

Application forms and updated information

available at: http://wupcenter.mtu.edu

Application deadline is: Friday, May 30

Submit applications to:

Joan Chadde, Institute Coordinator

Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education

105 Dillman Hall -Michigan Tech University

1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931

Tel: 906-487-3341 Fax: 906-487-1620


Tentative Schedule

Monday-Friday, June 23-27, 2008

Monday, June 23

-Community As a Context for Learning John Yoder, NW Center for Sustainable Resources

Tuesday, June 24

-Designing Watershed Investigations -Assessing Stream Health: Stream Monitoring on Cole’s Creek v. Huron Creek


Wednesday, June 25

-Water Quality sampling of Lake Superior aboard MTU’s research vessel Agassiz -How Do You Make a Lake Trout (fish lab)

Thursday, June 26

-Aliens of the Great Lakes: zebra mussels, purple

loosestrife, lamprey, Rusty crayfish -Sturgeon sampling on the Sturgeon River Friday, June 27 -Fisheries of the Great Lakes -Frogs As Bioindicators of Environmental Quality


Participants will receive five nights lodging in MTU’s newly remodeled Wadsworth Hall in a single room with private bath and receive all of their meals from Monday lunch through Friday dinner. Michigan Tech Trails and downtown Houghton are within easy walking distance.

Getting to Michigan Tech

Michigan Technological University is located just east of downtown Houghton, MI (pop. 7,000). Houghton is served daily by Northwest Airlines (800-225-2525 or nwa.com) from Minneapolis through the Houghton County Airport in Hancock. Commercial taxi is available from the airport to the Michigan Tech campus for approximately $20 per person by calling Neil’s Taxi Service at 906-4825515.

Houghton, MI is a quaint town with roots in the historic copper mining days of the mid-19th century. Hiking and mountain biking is awesome at the nearby MTU Recreational Trail System, or stroll along Lake Superior at McLain State Park, or visit a nearby nature sanctuary. Learn more about MTU: http://www.mtu.edu or Keweenaw Tourism information: www.thekeweenaw.com

  • This institute is made possible with a grant from the
    Michigan Dept of Environmental Quality Coastal Management Program and the Michigan Space Grant Consortium

    ♦ Coordinated by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and Michigan Technological University

  • Last Update: February 17, 2008

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