for 2003 Institute
About the R/V Agassiz
of the Great Lakes Web Site
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 one-week course is designed
to enhance the ability of educators to teach about Great Lakes ecology,
stewardship and environmental careers. Mathematics; life, earth and physical
sciences; technology; and social studies content standards will be woven
into the experience. Participants will engage in hands-on data collection
and analysis, field trips, lab experiences, and discussions with research
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, and learn how remote sensing is used to gather information about
Michigan Tech and St. Cloud
State University faculty will present many of the sessions.