Past Participants’ Comments
• I gained a wealth of information.
• Excellent! Loved the firsthand experiences!
• Enthusiastic, passionate, knowledgeable presenters.
• Great variety of activities and resources provided.
• Topic is relevant and applicable for any subject area.
• Hands-on learning
Michigan Tech conducts Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Teacher Institute in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan
July 16-20, 2012
by Joan Chadde, Michigan Technological University email@example.com or 906-487-3341
Nineteen teachers from throughout Michigan participated in a traveling maritime transportation teacher institute in July that visited the port cities of Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, and Manistique. Teachers met with a wide variety of experts throughout the week including Chief Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Soo Locks, Vessel Traffic Service command center at the U.S. Coast Guard in Sault Ste. Marie, and Fred Stonehouse, Vice-Chair of Michigan Ports Collaborative and Marquette City Commissioner. Teachers toured the Cliff’s Natural Resources iron ore mine, processing facility and ore dock in Negaunee & Marquette, and the Carmeuse Lime & Stone quarry in Port Inland, as well as the Whitefish Point Lighthouse & Shipwreck Museum, to examine important maritime issues and challenges. Rick Brown, licensed captain and instructor at The Maritime Academy of Toledo, presented on maritime history, navigation & mapping, and maritime careers, Ten of the 19 teachers are from Detroit.
The response from teachers has been enthusiastic! Middle school teacher, Laura Mikesell, commented, “What an incredible experience. I don't know when I would ever have had the chance to be exposed to such terrific information, firsthand experience and incredibly knowledgeable experts in the maritime field. I was truly privileged to be a part of that experience.”
The teachers are eager to share their newfound knowledge as they turn their experience into lessons that will complete the course requirements to earn their two credits and then be posted online here: 2012 Lesson Plans
The 5-day itinerary is shown below. Next year’s course location has yet to be determined, but there’s lots of interest! The 2012 course was coordinated by Joan Chadde, Michigan Technological University, with funding from the University of Wisconsin CFIRE program and the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute at University of Wisconsin Superior and University of Minnesota Duluth.
Description:Explore the historical, economical and environmental aspects of Great Lakes shipping in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan! Participants will tour Cleveland Cliff’s Tilden Iron Ore Mine in Ishpeming, visit the Marquette Harbor, enjoy the Pictured Rocks National Park Boat Tour in Munising, visit the Whitefish Point Shipwreck Museum in Paradise, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Coast Guard’s Vessel Traffic Service, the Soo Locks & Valley Freighter Museum in Sault Ste Marie, Port Inland limestone quarry on L. Michigan, Seul Choix lighthouse and Fayette State Park’s historic iron smelting site. Participants will gain new knowledge and skills, classroom activities and resources that can be integrated into social studies, science, language arts, and math classes. The institute will explore the many facets of the shipping industry within the context of intermodal transportation, port safety, Great Lake shipping routes and global destinations. The institute will provide teachers with a foundation in maritime transportation history, current operations, and future career opportunities.