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A partnership of Copper Country & Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School Districts and Michigan Technological University. Serving schools and communities in Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic, Ontonagon and Keweenaw Counties The Western UP Center is a member of the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network.

Teacher Workshops

  • Professional Development Series: Next Generation Science Exemplar System - Grades K-12 Dates: Thursday January 12, February 2, February 23, March 23 and April 13, 2017
    This professional development is designed to support K-12 teachers to engage students in the Science & Engineering Practices and Disciplinary Core Ideas in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Michigan Standards are compised of the preformance expectations of the NGSS. For more information see the workshop flyer.
    To Register:
  • Feb. 27 - Recycling Teacher Workshop (8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m., Great Lakes Research Center)
  • Big History Lesson and Big Earth Science Lesson teacher workshops. TBA.

K-12 Students

  • Feb 25 - Girls & Engineering Exploration (10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Great Lakes Research Center)
  • Outdoor Science Investigation Field Trips Oct. 19 - Nov. 23, 2016 To sign up: Fall Field Trip Request Form
  • Family Science & Engineering Night Schedule for 2016-17 school year
  • *NEW* classroom presentations on recycling and waste reduction available to Houghton County 5th-8th grade teachers--free of charge! Sign up online. Read more here.
  • To schedule Family Science & Engineering Nights contact Joan Chadde jchadde@mtu.edu or 906-487-3341. Schedule

Community Events


  • March 24-25, 2017 Michigan Science Teachers Association Annual Conference and March 23 pre-conference sessions at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI  http://www.msta-mich.org/

MTU Students




Celebrating first year of local recycling (2/6/17, Daily Mining Gazette)

Recycling anniversary demonstrates local interest (2/7/17, Daily Mining Gazette)

Hancock middle-school students dig through 182 pounds of trash ( 2/7/17, TV6)

Daisy and the Engineers (November 24, 2016)

Flint Teachers Visit Michigan Tech (TV6 News, July 26, 2016)

Strawberry Fest features MTU's marine research vessel RV Agassiz (TV6 News, July 10, 2016)

Students ride the waves to learn about careers in natural science (ABC10, June 24, 2016)

TV6 News article on Detroit HS students Natural Resource & Engineering Career Pathway Program

TV6 News article on on Summer Science Camps

Series of 8 News Articles on MIchigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and Western UP Center collaboration 'Regional School Agencies Provide Resources" (March 31 - April 14, 2016)



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MNA GuideWalking Paths & Protected Areas of the Keweenaw

The Michigan Nature Association announces the publication of a new guidebook titled Walking Paths & Protected Areas of the Keweenaw which describes twenty-two sanctuaries & preserves in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. MORE . . . .

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Shawn Oppliger, shawn@copperisd.org
Loret Roberts, loret@copperisd.org

Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education
809 Hecla St.
Hancock, MI 49930
Tel: (906) 482-0331
Fax: (906) 482-1931
Joan Chadde, jchadde@mtu.edu
K-12 Education & Outreach Program Coordinator
Lloyd Wescoat, lwescoat@mtu.edu
Education Program Assistant

Michigan Technological University
Center for Science & Environmental Education
Michigan Technological University
114-116 Great Lakes Research Center
1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931-1295
Tel: (906) 487-3341 Fax: (906) 487-1620

The Western UP Center offers a wide variety of K-12 outreach programs in science, mathematics and environmental education to improve K-12 science and mathematics education throughout the state of Michigan.

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