The first Upper Peninsula
TiViTz tournament was held on Thursday May 5 at the Wood Gym of
the MTU Student Development Complex from 9am-noon. 135 students
in grades 4 to 8 from CLK Elementary, South Range Elementary, Jeffers
High School, E.B. Holman, Barkell Elementary and L'Anse Middle School
participated in the tournament.
is an entertaining, educational game that sneaks in a healthy dose
of learning while kids have a blast! The board game, which is as
easy as checkers and as strategic as chess, builds basic math and
critical thinking skills. For more information on TiViTz, visit
Dr. Kathryn Clark, Chief
Scientist of Human Space Flight for NASA and Vice President at TiViTz,
was the Chief of the tournament and presented the awards. Awards
were given to top four places in each grade. The first place students
in each grade received a NASA pin for next shuttle mission. After
the awards ceremony, students had opportunity to talk with Dr. Clark
and get her autograph.
MTU Summer Youth Program
raffled off prizes. Victoria Kangas from South Range Elementary
received a gift certificate from MTU Campus Store. Matt Jenkins
from Jeffers High School received a scholarship to the MTU Summer
The TiViTz Tournament
was partially sponsored by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium,
of which MTU is a member, and was hosted by the Western UP Center
for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and the MTU
Conferences & Institutes Office, a division of the Department
of Educational Opportunity.
Ms. Shawn Oppliger
Director of Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics
and Environmental Education
P.O. Box 270, 809 Hecla St.
Hancock MI 49930
906-482-0331 (work), 906-482-9669 (home) 906-482-5031(fax)
The Western U.P. Center
is a partnership of Copper Country & Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate
School Districts and Michigan Technological University, serving
21 school districts and the communities in Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic,
Ontonagon and Keweenaw Counties.