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Limnological Research in Lake Superior for Middle/High School Students, Teachers and Communities

Principle Investigator: Joan Schumaker Chadde
(Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education)
Sponsor: Michigan Space Grant Consortium
Award Amount: $7,500
Project Duration: 05/2006 – 07/2008
MTU Reference Code: 051147

Project Summary

This MSGC-funded program provides scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel (R/V) Agassiz on Lake Superior and connecting waters for community members and middle/high school students and teachers in the Upper Peninsula.

These scientific excursions provide firsthand experience in how Great Lakes research is conducted, the equipment used, and what research is telling us about the health of the Great Lakes. Project goals are to: (i) increase middle/high school students’ interest in science by providing real-world science applications; (ii) enhance citizen understanding of Great Lakes science and how research is conducted; and (iii) introduce teachers and students to careers in earth science and Great Lakes research. The scientific excursions are led by MTU scientists and graduate students from the Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, and Biological Sciences.