MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

WORKSHOP OPTIONS FOR 2001-02 SCHOOL YEAR

 

Date                Description and Location                             Hours

Oct. 12, 2001                Out of the Rock --- Meeting Geosphere Benchmarks                    6 hrs

This daylong session provides teachers with activities on how to teach about mineral resources and mining.  Teachers will explore how rocks and minerals form and how mineral resources are mined. 

This session also focuses on the importance of these mineral resources in our daily life.

Presenter:  Alison Hein, M.S. Materials Processing

 

2          Dec. 7, 2001                 SEPUP Waste Hierarchy & Investigating Groundwater       6 hrs

                                                Copper Country ISD, Hancock MI

Learn how to use two hands-on activity kits assembled by SEPUP (Science Education for Public Understanding).  During the morning session, teachers will participate in the Waste Hierarchy, which addresses the question "what ultimately happens to the materials that society calls waste?” and the problems associated with each choice of waste treatment. During the afternoon session, teachers will participate in the activities that are part of the Investigating Groundwater kit. Participants will learn how to use the groundwater model and review the factors that affect groundwater movement. They will discover exactly what is a part per million. And lastly, participants will actively engage in learning how to sample groundwater test wells, in an attempt to find the source and extent of groundwater contamination in the town of Fruitvale.  Presenter:  Barbara McTaggart, Ph.D. Geohydrology

 

3          January 8-9, 2002          Geographic Information Systems                                                12 hours

Ecological Mapping Laboratory, School of Forestry & Wood Products (Noblet Bldg.) at Michigan Tech University This two-day course provides a conceptual overview and hands-on experience using ArcView Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. The course teaches basic ArcView GIS functionality and enables participants to quickly take advantage of the software's powerful display and analysis capabilities. Participants are introduced to the ArcView GIS

graphical user interface (GUI) and use ArcView GIS to create, edit, display, query, and analyze geographic and tabular data, and create presentation-quality maps and charts.

Presenter: Michael Hyslop, GIS Analyst, School of Forestry & Wood Products, Michigan Technological University

 

4          February 2002               Weather & Atmosphere                                                         6 hrs

                                                Copper Country ISD, Hancock MI

This workshop will explore changing weather and how its measured, composition and characteristics of the atmosphere, the behavior of water in the atmosphere, and the health effects of polluted air.

Presenter:  Barbara McTaggart, Ph.D. Geohydrology, and MTU faculty.

 

 

5          May 3-4, 2002               Field Geology Workshop at Teaching w/ the Outdoors        10 hrs

                                                MTU Ford Forestry Center

Visit interesting geologic sites and collect mineral specimens on field trips through the Keweenaw Peninsula. Presenter: George Robinson, Ph.D. Geology & Mineralogy, and others.

 

6          May 3-4, 2002               Stream Monitoring Refresher at Teaching w/ the Outdoors            10 hrs

                                                MTU Ford Forestry Center

Participants will compare the health of three streams as they learn how to use the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality’s stream monitoring protocols. (Only for those who have taken a stream monitoring workshop).  Presenter: Nicole Vidales, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality

 

7          June 11-14, 2002           Stream Monitoring: Meeting the Hydrosphere Benchmarks          21 hrs  

                                                MTU’s Ford Forestry Center

This workshop takes the watershed approach to learning about the local stream, integrating history, literature, writing, social studies, and math. Teachers will receive materials and learn the skills necessary to perform physical, chemical, and biological monitoring of local streams with their students. The workshop also addresses the interaction of human activities and the environment. Addresses life/earth science, and social studies’ content strands.  Presenter:  Barbara McTaggart, Ph.D. Geohydrology, Joan Chadde, M.S. Water Resources, Nicole Vidales, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality, and others.

 

To register for any of these workshops, contact: 

Loret Roberts at Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education  Email:  loret@remc1.k12.mi.us or Tel: 906-482-4520