About the Symposium:
On May 17-20, 2001, the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at
Michigan Technological University, Western Upper Peninsula Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education Center, and many other agencies and organizations presented the 4th Biennial
Lake Superior Youth Symposium for students and teachers (grades 8-12) in the
Lake Superior watershed, and beyond. The symposium provided a unique
opportunity to enhance appreciation for Lake Superior and Great Lakes watersheds,
increase understanding of challenging environmental and scientific issues, promote
personal involvement in creating solutions, and inspire participants to share
their symposium experience with students, teachers and community members back home
after the symposium.
At the symposium, participants attended a wide
variety of stimulating, hands-on presentations conducted by Michigan Tech
University and Northland College faculty and graduate students, natural
resource professionals, artists, writers, historians, and educators. More
than 40 presentation topics are planned, including stream monitoring,
sustainable forestry, Native American land ethic, Great Lakes shipping,
fishery restoration, nature photography, and the activist's tool box.
Students went on field trips to many Lake Superior environments, including:
wetlands, streams, state parks, underground copper mine, and the Portage
Waterway aboard a Coast Guard vessel. Students also had the option to
challenge themselves on Michigan Tech's adventure ropes course and climbing
wall (which mimics the challenges of protecting Lake Superior), conduct air
quality investigations, and explore unique geologic sites. For fun,
participants enjoyed a BBQ dinner and RendezVous at McLain State Park!
The symposium also offered workshops for teachers on how to integrate Lake
Superior topics into a standards-based curriculum. Workshop topics included:
Leopold Education Project, Visual Environmental Literacy, Lake Effects, A
Face in the Rock, and more. The symposium also offered special
presentations and sharing sessions for teachers.
The symposium was held at Michigan Technological University. Participants'
lodging and meals were provided in one of Michigan Tech's residence halls. Symposium
participants were able to take advantage of the excellent laboratories,
classrooms, fine arts center, and recreational facilities available on campus.
Upon their arrival at the symposium, students were assigned to a “TEAM” of twelve students. TEAM stands for 'Together We Achieve More.' In their TEAMs, students listed their local concerns for Lake Superior, drew from what they were learning at the symposium to identify solutions, and summarized their thoughts onto a poster to share with other symposium participants. TEAM recommendations will be shared with the International Joint Commission. Students will also make personal commitments to implement in their schools and communities after the symposium.
Each student is asked to come to the symposium
prepared to participate in one of the following activities.
students showcase their photos, drawings, paintings
or other art form related to Lake Superior.
Great Lakes Quiz Bowl
students compete on teams to share their knowledge
of Lake Superior and Great Lakes watersheds; and their solutions to selected
Teams formed at symposium.
students choose one of the selected topics to
write and deliver a position statement on.
individual, group, or class of students conduct
research about Lake Superior and present a poster display.
Prose & Stories
students write about their Lake Superior experiences,
ideas, feelings, or imaginings.
Update: 4 June 2001