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2010 Future Fuels from Forests Teacher Institute
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2009 Future Fuels from Forests Teacher Institute
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2008 Future Fuels from Forests Teacher Institute
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2010 High School Future Fuels Field Trips to Michigan Tech: Feb. 23 & 25 and March 16 & 18
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2009 High School Future Fuels Field Trips to Michigan Tech: March 18, 20, 25, 27
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About the Institute

This 5-day Institute is designed to facilitate the understanding of bio-complexity and environmental sustainability. Participants will evaluate future energy choices using social science and environmental impact analysis tools and techniques. Life sciences, chemistry, engineering, technology, and social studies content expectations will be addressed.

Michigan Technological University (MTU) brings together the expertise of university faculty, scientists, natural resource management professionals, and educators to conduct this Institute. The Institute will provide participants with standards-based professional development, an opportunity to participate in real-world, inquirybased investigations, and time to share teaching ideas with their peers. Through lecture, hands-on data collection and analysis, field trips, laboratory experiences, and discussions with research scientists, participants will obtain new knowledge and skills that can be adapted to their work with students. Teachers will receive classroom resources and curriculum support materials.

Topics to be addressed at the Institute include:
• Assessing public attitudes towards changing their energy and resource consumption habits, the critical
need for energy diversification, and the potential viability of alternative energy sources.
• Assessing potential changes in the local economy and community structure due to expanded timber
harvests and siting of a biomass plant.
• The technology needed for processing tree biomass to energy.
• Using avian populations to measure changes in ecosystem biodiversity due to increased timber harvest.
• Measuring changes in landscape ecology as a result of altering forest species distribution. tree biomass to energy



Participants will enhance their teaching skills— by sharing ideas and innovative approaches to curriculum development and delivery with other educators; and will be better able to guide their students’ interest in science and engineeringcareers after interacting with a variety of scientists
and natural resource professionals.

Institute Instructors

School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
• David Flaspohler, Ph.D. – ornithology, biodiversity,
conservation biology
• Chris Webster, Ph.D. – quantitative landscape and
forest ecology

Department of Chemical Engineering
• David Shonnard, Ph.D. – technology for processing
• Michael Brodeur-Campbell, Ph.D. candidate –
technology for processing woody biomass to
liquid transportation fuel

Department of Mechanical Engineering
• Tim Jenkins, Ph.D. candidate – computer modeling
to manage the flow of materials

Northern Institute of Applied Carbon Science
• Maria Janowiak, M.S. – carbon sequestration

Course Credit

Participants will earn three graduate credits (ED 5630) from Michigan Technological University.
To receive credit, participants must:
• Complete pre-course readings.
• Actively participate in the entire Institute.
• Design a 5-day teaching unit (rubric provided) that meets Michigan or national content standards due September 1, 2010. Participants should plan to implement their unit during the 2009-10 school year. Participants who complete their teaching unit are eligible to receive $200 of classroom supplies.

Professional Certificate

The credits earned from this Institute can be applied towards an 18 semester-hour planned course of study for teachers working toward their Michigan Professional Certificate. For more information about designing a planned course of study, contact Judy Anderson at the MTU Department of Cognitive & Learning Sciences at (906) 487-2460 or juanders@mtu.edu

M.S. Applied Science Education

Graduate credits may be applied towards Michigan Tech’s Master of Science in Applied Science Education program. For information about the program, contact Dr. Bradley Baltensperger at 906-
487 2460 or brad@mtu edu Participants interested in pursuing an advanced degree at Michigan Tech in a field other than education, should contact the department of interest (http://www.mtu.edu/).

Houghton, Michigan

Houghton and its sister city of Hancock, with acombined population of 14,000, have their roots in the copper mining days of the mid-19th century. Located on Portage Lake, a long, winding ribbon of water connecting to Lake Superior, Houghton has a picturesque waterfront with a 5-mile bike path. The nearby MTU Recreational Trail System offers 20+ km of running, hiking and mountain bike trails. The Keweenaw and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offer unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation-- biking, fishing, backpacking, hiking, and kayaking. Men’s Journal recently ranked Houghton as one of the top ten “healthiest, safest, and most fun places to live,” and National Geographic Adventure Magazine ranked our setting as one of America’s top 10 Summer Sports Meccas.

Websites for More Information

Michigan Technological University: www.mtu.edu

Tourism information: www.thekeweenaw.com

About Michigan Technological University

Michigan Tech’s 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from an education that emphasizes study across disciplines, team learning, and research. Graduate students receive intensive, advanced instruction and the opportunity to pursue research in a wide range of academic programs. Michigan Tech has gained worldwide attention for innovative education; faculty members are active mentors; academic programs stress learning hand in hand with application, and Michigan Tech students are encouraged to inquire and discover knowledge.

Cost

Cost per participant for the 5-day Institute is only $250 for both Michigan and out-of-state participants, which includes five lunches, field trips, instructional materials, and tuition for three graduate credits from Michigan Tech University. Participants may choose to stay on campus, for a total cost of $450 which includes four nights lodging, plus meals. (The actual cost of the Institute totals $1500. A grant from the National Science Foundation, along with a departmental stipend from the School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science reduces the official
2008/09 MTU Graduate Resident and Non- Resident tuition of $391 per credit) credit). Payment of the full registration fee is due Friday, June 5. Make checks payable to: Michigan Technological University. Refunds will be provided if the space is filled.

Accommodations

Participants who would like to stay on campus will receive four 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 for $490. Michigan Tech Trails and downtown Houghton are within easy walking distance

Cost

Cost per participant for the 5-day Institute is only $250 for both Michigan and out-of-state participants, which includes five lunches, field trips, instructional materials, and tuition for three graduate credits from Michigan Tech University. Participants may choose to stay on campus, for a total cost of $490 which includes four nights lodging, plus meals. (The actual cost of the Institute totals $1500. A grant from the National Science Foundation, along with a departmental stipend from the School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science reduces the official 2008/09 MTU Graduate Resident and Non- Resident tuition of $411 per credit) Payment of the full registration fee is due Friday, June 4. Make checks payable to: Michigan Technological University. Refunds will be provided if the space is filled.

Getting to Michigan Tech

Michigan Technological University is located just east
of downtown Houghton, MI. Houghton is served daily by United Airlines (800) 864 8331 or united com from Chicago 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 Cab at 906-482-5515.

$200 Teacher Stipends Offered

After the Institute, participants will be eligible to receive $200 for conducting one conference presentation, community outreach program, or journal article about forest-based ethanol production and biofuels for educators or the public.

To Apply / More Information

Application 2010 PDF

Application forms and updated information available at: http://wupcenter.mtu.edu Participants are accepted on a first-come basis. Applications due Friday, May 14, Full payment due by: Friday, June 4.

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
Email: jchadde@mtu.edu


Need more credits? Attend another Michigan Tech
summer institute. See: http://www.ed.mtu.edu/pd.html