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Center Receives $188,302 Grant to Develop Environment Education Curricula !!

September 25, 2003 -- Michigan Technological University
faculty will take their skills to middle school classrooms as part
of a program to develop science-based environmental
curriculum materials.

The university is part of a $118,302 grant awarded to the
Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and
Environmental Education. The center is a partnership of
Michigan Tech and both the Copper Country and
Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School Districts.

With the award, funded by the Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality, the Western U.P. Center will develop three curriculum units: energy and resources, ecosystems, and water quality. The grant includes funds for developing and piloting the units in classrooms statewide, and developing interactive web-based activities.

The Western U.P. Center staff will draw on Michigan Tech faculty scientific and research expertise to write the environmental units. Center staff regularly conduct professional development programs for K-12 teachers and design after-school science classes and ecology field trips for K-12 students.

"We are very pleased with the Western U.P. Center's proposal to establish a collaborative approach to the curriculum development process---bringing Michigan Technological University faculty together with a team of Michigan's teachers to develop the curriculum," said Thomas Occhipinti, environmental education coordinator at the DEQ.

The DEQ is also funding development of one middle school curriculum unit by Western Michigan University and one by Grand Valley State University. Central Michigan University will coordinate dissemination of all five units to more than 3,000 teachers statewide.

Michigan Tech (www.mtu.edu) is ranked among the top 50 public universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The university has one of the largest engineering programs in the country and offers quality programs in the sciences, business, communications, and forestry and environmental sciences.


The GEM Center for Science and Environmental Outreach has received $4,892 from the Environmental Protection Agency for its Kids Make a Difference program, which will provide an opportunity and incentive for K-12 students, teachers and youth groups to develop projects that promote environmental education, community service and environmental enhancement. School classes and youth groups may select an environmental topic to study and teach others about, or they may design and implement an action project that will address environmental issues in their community. Students will share their projects through presentations to other students or by publishing an article in their local school or community newspaper or website. All participants will receive Earth Day Participation Award certificates in recognition of their efforts, and their names will be entered into a drawing for either an environmental education tool kit or an environmental education field trip.

Last Update: 09/30/2003
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