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Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Programs

Archive 2006

2006 Teacher Institute Week I Itinerary

2006 Teacher Institute Week 2 Itinerary

Week I Slide Show

Week 2 Slide Show

2006 Lesson Plans & Teaching Units

What Students Need to Know About Great Lakes Maritime Transportation (PDF)

K-12 Maritime Transportation Glossary (PDF)

K-12 Maritime Transportation Teaching Resources

Maritime Transportation Teaching Resources List (PDF)

Maritime Transportation System Report - Stewart (PDF)

Did You Know Quiz? (PDF)

Did You Know Quiz? ANSWERS

Maritime Transportation Pre-/Post Test (Pregitzer) (PDF)

Maritime Transportation Pre-/Post ANSWERS (Pregitzer) (PDF)


Photo of Class



Duluth Seaway Port Authority
Class Photos

(Picture of the teachers from Week I on Friday morning watching them load a freighter in Duluth)

Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District Website

Soo Locks Webcam

Duluth Harbor Webcam

COSEE Great Lakes program

Duluth Harbor

Soo Locks

Duluth Harbor

Duluth Harbor

Archive 2006

Great Lakes Maritime Transportation
Teacher Institute

Week 1: July 24-28, 2006 (west end of Lake Superior)
Week 2: July 31-Aug. 4, 2006 (east end of Lake Superior)

Summer Institutes

Why Learn About Great Lakes Maritime Transportation?

Did you know?

  • A 1000-foot "laker" can hold enough iron taconite pellets to make 15,000 cars?
  • 90% of the United State's iron ore used to produce steel is shipped on the Great Lakes?
  • The top three cargoes on Great Lakes ships (in order) are pelletized iron ore, stone (mostly limestone), coal. Other important cargo includes grain, cement, salt and liquid-bulk products.
  • One 1000-foot vessel can carry the cargo of six 100-car trains or 2,308 one-ton trucks! Ships use a lot less energy and cause a lot less pollution.

Photo of Class

Teachers participating in Week 2 of the Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Institute pose with a mammoth haul truck at Cleveland Cliffs Iron Ore Mine in Ishpeming, MI (left to right): Kelly Bolen, Susan Howey, Craig Croone, Deb Zolynsky, Judy Vittito, Margaux Parino, Bob Vandevusse, Kate Roll, Dan Kust, Sarah Pregitzer, Lisa Bircher, and Harry Bircher. Pelletized iron is shipped from the Lake Superior ports of Duluth, MN and Marquette, MI to steel mills in Sault Ste. Marie, Detroit, Cleveland, Gary, and Pittsburgh.


This institute was made possible by a grant from the
Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (http://www.glmri.org)
with funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation

Co-Sponsors and Contributors include:

  • University of Wisconsin-Superior, Michigan Technological University Transportation Institute,
  • Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education,
  • Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, Minnesota/Wisconsin Seagrant,
  • and the Duluth Seaway Port Authority
  • Brochure (PDF)


    Week 1: July 24-28, 2006 (west end of Lake Superior)
    Week 2: July 31-Aug. 4, 2006 (east end of Lake Superior)

    Course Overview
    This will be a unique “traveling course” that will take teachers to Duluth and Two Harbors, MN and Superior, WI during Week 1, and to Marquette, Munising, Sault Ste. Marie and Escanaba during Week 2, in order to address a broad overview of Great Lakes maritime transportation topics. The institute will provide unique and exciting hands-on experiences investigating economic and environmental issues of Great Lakes shipping (history of maritime transportation, mechanics of a lock system, navigation, harbor dredging, toxic sediments, aquatic invasive species control, and more. Participants may choose to attend one or both weeks. All participants are expected to engage in all course activities.

    The goal of the Institute is to provide participating teachers with a foundation in maritime transportation---its history, current operations, and future challenges---to facilitate development of standards-based lessons in science, math, and social studies. These lessons will become part of the Great Lakes Maritime Educators Guide to be widely distributed throughout Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Lessons will be posted on the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI) website and be used in a traveling trunk of teaching resources for classrooms.

    Topics to be Addressed:
    Questions to be Addressed at the Institute
    What raw materials and products are shipped on the Great Lakes?
    What are the major ports on the Great Lakes?
    What makes a safe, accessible harbor?
    Why is Great Lakes shipping preferable to railroad or highway transportation?
    Who works on Great Lakes freighters?
    How do ships navigate the Great Lakes?
    How do ships negotiate lakes of different elevations?
    How is ship design changing?
    What are the safety issues of traveling on the Great Lakes? What causes shipwrecks?
    What are the Homeland Security issues?
    What are the problems and benefits of shipping for communities?
    How is Great Lakes shipping managed?


    During Week 1, participants will stay in the dorms at University of Minnesota Duluth. During Week 2, participants will stay in motels along the way.

    All transportation to sites during the institute will be provided.

    Week 1
    The course will begin at noon Monday of Week 1 in Duluth. Participants may travel by Michigan Tech van from Houghton to Duluth on Monday morning or meet at University of Minnesota Duluth.

    Week 2
    The course will meet and depart from Michigan Tech University in Houghton, MI at 9 am on Monday of Week 2. Participants will travel by MTU van to Marquette, Munising, Sault Ste. Marie, Escanaba and back to Houghton.

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

    Michigan Technological University: www.mtu.edu
    Tourism information: http://www.thekeweenaw.com

    Submit applications by email or postal mail to:
    Joan Schumaker-Chadde, 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


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    Last Update: 10/06/2006

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