Tech Teaching Tool Helps Sudan Battle Cholera
 
by Jennifer Donovan, public relations director, Tech Today

An interactive teaching module on water quality and water-borne epidemics developed at Michigan Tech is being used to help educate residents of southern Sudan, where cholera strikes every spring. Counterpart International, a nonprofit organization that works with local public officials and private business to improve the quality of life in more than 60 countries, requested permission to use the Tech Alive module developed by Martin Auer, professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Tech Alive is is a web-based platform for dissemination of educational materials, research results and the scholarly products of Michigan Tech's students, staff and faculty, as well as off-campus collaborators in academia, government and industry.

Counterpart official "Grev" Lester Hunt was particularly eager to use an animation in the module that enables participants to help pioneer disease detective Dr. John Snow track down the contaminated water pump that launched a deadly cholera epidemic in London in 1854. "This will be a useful communication tool in southern Sudan when the cholera epidemic breaks out," he said. See the animation at http://techalive.mtu.edu/meec/module02/LondonCholeraActivity.htm .

The web-based teaching module is one of 18 that Auer; Joan Chadde, K-12 education and outreach program coordinator of the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education; and a team of Michigan scientists and educators developed for the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) program, funded by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The Western UP Center and Michigan Tech played a primary role in the development of the MEECS curriculum on water quality, energy resources, ecosystems and biodiversity, now used in middle schools across Michigan.

The Western UP Center is a partnership of Michigan Tech and the Copper Country and Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School Districts, serving 19 school districts and communities in Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties.

 




 

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