UPDATE: Spring 2008 Workshops /for/ K-12 Teachers

Registration deadline is 3 days before each workshop date. See registration information at the bottom. Hope to see you! Information at: http://wupcenter.mtu.edu/

Great Lakes Maritime Transportation (Gr. 2-8)

Monday, March 10, 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) Distance Learning Room, 809 Hecla St., Hancock, MI

Become familiar with the new Great Lakes Maritime Transportation teaching “chest” of educational resources now available to teachers. Learn about modern Great Lakes shipping, as well as Great Lakes history, movement of consumer goods, global supply chain, geography, careers and more. Visit with special guests Capt. Bill Hanrahan & Capt. Dave Laban about their experiences aboard the “lakers.” Presentations by teachers Janet Larson and Jean Dunstan on their classroom units on Great Lakes shipping. $10/person includes dinner.

Lake Effects Workshop (Gr. 3-8)

Wednesday, March 12, 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) Distance Learning Room, 809 Hecla St., Hancock, MI

A Gr. 3-8 curriculum guide with user-friendly, engaging activities specific to the physical, historical, and ecological aspects and geography of Lake Superior, including current environmental concerns.

Project Learning Tree (K-8)

Friday, March 14, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

MTU School of Forestry (Room G-020)

Explore Michigan’s forest resources which are vital to Michigan’s economy, environmental quality, sense of place, and the way we live using the _K-8 Project Learning Tree Curriculum & Activity Guide_ full of great classroom and outdoor activities.

Dinner with Wildlife Biologist – Dr. John Vucetich

Wednesday, March 19, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) Distance Learning Room, 809 Hecla St., Hancock, MI

Through lecture, stories and photos, educators will have a special opportunity to discuss the hidden world of Isle Royale ecology and 50 years of wolf and moose research with Dr. Vucetich, a research scientist, philosopher, and ethicist who is deeply committed to making science accessible to the public. For educators of all ages. $10/person

Rapid Warming of Lake Superior Surface Waters: The Role of Ice – Jay Austin (no charge)

Monday, March 24, 4-5 pm

U 113 Minerals & Materials Engineering Building (between Douglass Houghton Hall and Dillman Bldg.), MTU

At first, Jay Austin thought he’d made a mistake. When the University of Minnesota, Duluth, (UMD) oceanographer crunched the numbers from three Lake Superior weather buoys, he found a surprisingly rapid rise in the lake’s average summer surface temperature -- about 4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1980, a much greater rate of change than seen in previous decades. "I spent a long time trying to figure out what I was doing wrong," says Austin. "I could not explain why the trend at these buoys over the last 25 years was so strong."

But ultimately, his calculations proved sound. Austin and his colleague Steve Colman, also of UMD, went on to complete a study that both explains the striking temperature rise and documents significant recent shifts in Lake Superior’s climate. More… http://www.keweenawnow.com/news/climate_change_07_05/climate_change.htm

Great Lakes Water Wars - Peter Annin (no charge)

Monday, March 24, 7-9 pm

Rozsa Center, MTU
Author Peter Annin, a former Newsweek correspondent, delves into the long history of political maneuvers and water diversion schemes that have proposed sending Great Lakes water everywhere from Akron to Arizona. “This is the definitive book about the fight over Great Lakes water,” said Noah Hall, law professor at Wayne State University. “The book …shows the world what a precious and irreplaceable resource the Great Lakes are, and why it is so important that they be protected.” Annin logged thousands of miles during his three years of research for this definitive book. The author visited every major remaining inter-Basin Great Lakes diversion—from the massive Ogoki diversion in the bush country of Northwestern Ontario to the reversed waters of the Chicago River. He also traveled to Central Asia’s Aral Sea, which has lost 90 percent of its volume and 75 percent of its surface area and is often used as an anti-diversion poster child by environmental advocates in the Great Lakes region.

Engineering is Elementary (Gr. 1-6)

Wednesday, April 23, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CST

Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD (Bergland, MI)

Enhance your own understandings of engineering & technology, and how to integrate these topics into your curriculum using research-based lessons that integrate these concepts and skills into science and mathematics GLCEs and provide students with interesting engineering design challenges and children's literature.

Teaching With the Outdoors Workshop

Friday-Saturday, May 2-3; may attend one or both days.

Clear Lake Education Center (south of Shingleton, 15 miles from Munising)

Request a flyer from Loret (906-482-0331 or loret@copperisd.org <mailto:loret@copperisd.org> ) listing the workshops offered for early elementary, upper elementary, and middle/high school educators on Wisconsin LEAF forest education program, global change, schoolyard ecology, MEECS ecosystems & biodiversity and water quality, Leopold Education Project, Upper Peninsula owls, and guided visits of Seney National Wildlife Refuge and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Cost: $90 (workshop materials costs additional)


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