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Wild About Winter


After School & Out-of-School Time Classes offered


The Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education coordinates six-week After School Science, Engineering, Technology and Environmental Education Classes taught by Michigan Tech University students, graduates, and Center staff, in addition to offering a 3-day Spring Break Camp and Summer Camps. The classes provide fun, hands-on, inquiry-based activities for students in grades 1-8 and connect to Michigan Content Standards for math and science. The classes take place at the new Great Lakes Research Center on Michigan Tech’s campus or at Nara Nature Center in east Houghton, For more information, contact: Joan Chadde at 906-487-3341 or jchadde@mtu.edu

WINTER SESSION 2014


4:00-5:30 PM, Mondays (Grades 4-5) ~ Jan. 27-Mar. 3
4:00-5:30 PM, Thursdays (Grades 6-8) ~ Jan. 30-Mar. 6

Develop custom Android smartphone games while learning the basics of Java programming. Download finished games to any Android smartphone or tablet. Explore electrical engineering using Sew Electric-- sewing and circuitry combined to create light-up stuffed animals. Design objects on a 3D printer!

Instructor: Chad Norman, Science & Technology Outreach Specialist, MTU Center for Science &
Environmental Outreach.

4:00-5:30 PM, Mondays (Grades 1-3) ~ Jan. 27-Mar. 3

Hands-on lessons on wildlife habitat, bird adaptations, track and scat identification, food webs, and a closer
look at insects—oh, my!

Instructor: Gwen Jacobson, Biological Sciences M.S. Student, Peace Corps International.


4:00-5:30 PM, Thursdays (Grades1-3) ~ Jan. 30-Mar. 6

Design a package to keep an ice cube frozen indoors, inspect snowflake crystals, dig a snow pit, build a tiny quinzee, design a snowshoe, and more!

Instructors: Betsy Tahtinen, M.S. Applied Ecology & Forest Management
Erica Thompson, Western UP Center.


FALL SESSION 2013

4:00-5:30 PM, Mondays (Grades 1-3) ~ Oct. 14 - Nov. 18, 2013

Students will design and build wind turbines and “engineer” animal sounds

Instructor: Betsy Tahtinen, M.S. Applied Ecology & Forest Management, Michigan Tech

4:00 - 5:30 pm, Mondays, Nov. 11 - Dec. 16, 2013

Students will learn to design 3D objects and watch 3D printers bring their creations to life. They will learn video game design and the basics of computer programming behind the scenes using the kid-friendly Scratch developed by MIT. They will also incorporate their own graphics generated in a free web-based program called Inkscape. Lastly, they will learn how to build innovative robotics and their own remote control cars using the world-changing Arduino control boards.
Instructor: Chad Norman, Science & Technology Specialist, Michigan Tech Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education

OCT. 11, 2013 Day Off School/ Day of Fun at Great Lakes Research Center for Gr. 1-6 Students

Gr. 1-3 Best of Bugs
Learn about pollination and insect life cycles. Design your own insect pollinator. Visit with an MTU insect expert!

Instructor: Betsy Tahtinen, M.S. Applied Ecology & Forest Management, Michigan Tech University

Gr. 4-6 Cardboard Carnival
Kids will learn the basics of the engineering process through designing and building their own carnival game. We will use the innovative materials of Makedo, cardboard and paint to construct a carnival midway in the Great Lakes Research Center. Parents will be invited the last half hour to try their luck on our games of skill and chance. The event is part of the larger 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge.

Instructor: Chad Norman, Elementary Science & Technology Specialist

SUMMER BREAK CAMP 2013
Session I
Session 2


SPRING BREAK CAMP 2013
Grades 1-3 & 4-6: April 2-4

WINTER SESSION 2013
Jan.14 - March 4


The Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education coordinates six-week After School Science Classes taught by Michigan Tech University students majoring in science and engineering. The After-School classes provide fun, hands-on, inquiry-based activities for students in grades 1-8 during three sessions of the school year: fall, winter, and spring. The Center develops the curricula so that all activities connect to Michigan Content Standards for math and science, provides activity kits for each lesson, and recruits and trains the MTU students.

For more information, contact: Joan Chadde at 906-487-3341 or jchadde@mtu.edu Schools may submit requests using the registration form (pdf) and fax to: FAX 906-487-1620 .

For more information contact:

Joan Chadde at jchadde@mtu.edu or 487-3341.


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Last Update: 01/28/2013