About 30 grade 6-8 students and chaperones from Menominee Catholic Central School will spend two days at Michigan Tech, September 16-17) immersing themselves in science & technology. This is the eighth year they've visited Michigan Tech to kick off their new school year, explains science teacher Frank Best <firstname.lastname@example.org>, who leads the trip.
On Monday and Tuesday mornings (8 am - noon), half the group will spend a four hours on the Agassiz research vessel with Dr. Marty Auer, while the other half engages in hands on lessons using technology to monitor the environment with Chad Norman, new Science & Technology Outreach Specialist with the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech, in Room 104 GLRC.
Auer, a Great Lakes scientist for the past three decades and MTU faculty in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, is passionate about engaging youth, "We need to "hook" our next generation of Great Lakes scientists and stewards."
On Monday afternoon, Sept. 16, the group will visit four Tech labs showcasing the excitement of and wide variety of career opportunities in science & technology.
Monday Afternoon Lab Tour SCHEDULE
1-2 pm Foundry Lab with Dr. Paul Sanders, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering - stairwell next to 216 M & M
2:15-2:45 pm & 3:00-3:30 pm Aquaponics Lab with Dr. Robert Handler (Tel: 487-3612), Sustainable Futures Institute - meet at 840 Dow and walk up to 9th floor greenhouse
2:15-2:45 pm & 3:00-3:30 pm Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Lab with Dr. Owen Mills (Tel: 369-1875), Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering - meet in 636 M & M
3:45-4:30 pm Visualization Lab with Dr. Scott Kuhl (Tel: 370-1844), Dept. of Computer Science (design and develop games for business, education, and fun) - meet in 510 EERC