Current Institutes

We know: the last thing you want to do is sit around in a classroom all summer. Our summer institutes offer you the opportunity to get outside, earn credit, and learn from hands-on, inquiry-based activities. After all, the best way to learn is by experience.

June 2014

Geology of Utah's National Parks

June 14 - July 1, 2014
Deadline: March 1, 2014

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Geology of Utah's National Parks—Course Description

This course consists of fourteen days of field-based activities conducted in and around the national parks and monuments of eastern Utah – areas internationally recognized for their outstanding geology. Participants learn to determine how climate, sea level, and mountain building change the earth’s landscape through time. Participants practice using compasses, GPS, and maps, identifying rocks and minerals, and using engineering principles to explore geologic processes. At the end of the course, participants construct a geologic map of a portion of Dinosaur National Monument.

GE 5130
4 credits

Forest Ecology and Resources

June 23-27, 2014
Deadline: June 2, 2014

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Forest Ecology and Resources—Course Description

Urban Forest Ecology at Belle Isle

This  five‐day  Institute  is  designed  to  provide  teachers  (grades  3‐12)  with  an  understanding of and ability to teach about Michigan forests:

  • Field trips to Hardwoods of Michigan  sawmill  and kiln‐drying operation, a  school forest, and an overnight at Hawk Woods Nature Center
  • Presenters include scientists, university faculty, natural resource managers,  and expert educators.

ED 5630
2 credits

Wood-to-Wheels

June 27, 2014

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Wood-to-Wheels—Course Description

Research Experiences for High School Teachers Conference

The W2W Research Experience for teachers will include a $350 stipend for participation and free access to experiment kits and education units.

  • Explore the research facilities at Michigan Tech
  • Develop your knowledge of engineering, engineering careers, and “Wood-to-Wheels” (W2W) biofuels
  • Transfer your knowledge and experiences in research to your classroom
  • Acquire educational research kits to conduct experiments in class
  • Build a collegial network of teachers and faculty

See also: Wood-To-Wheels program of the Sustainable Futures Institute at Michigan Tech.

July 2014

Global Change

July 7 - 11, 2014
Deadline: June 2, 2014

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Global Change—Course Description

This five-day Institute will prepare you to engage your middle and high school students in a real-world study of the effects of global change on ecosystems, including the impacts of climatic change, elevated carbon dioxide and ozone levels, nitrogen saturation, acid rain, and invasive species. Through lecture, hands-on data collection and field trips, participants will interact with scientists and gain new knowledge and skills. Teachers will be trained in and receive the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support Climate Change unit (easily adapted to other states). National and Michigan standards for mathematics; life, Earth and physical sciences; and technology will be addressed.

FW 5641 / ED 5641
2 credits

EPDIS Engineering, Life Sciences and NGSS

Summer 2013
Program Introduction
Summer Workshop
Summer Institute August 12 - 23, 2013
Fall 2013
Lesson Study Workshop
Spring 2014
STEM Learning Materials, Inquiry, and Assessment

Summer 2014
July 14-25, 2014
August 4-6, 2014
Engineering Applications in Biological Sciences Deadline: May 2, 2014

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EPDIS Engineering, Life Sciences and NGSS—Course Description

The Educators’ Professional Development Institute Series (EPDIS): Engineering, Life Sciences and NGSS is focused to support and deepen teacher content knowledge and content pedagogy of practicing teachers.

Up to 11 graduate credits

Summer 2013

  • Program Introduction
  • Summer Workshop
  • Summer Institute August 12 - 23, 2013

Fall 2013

Lesson Study Workshop

Spring 2014

STEM Learning Materials, Inquiry, and Assessment

Summer 2014

Engineering Applications in Biological Sciences

Participant guidelines:

  1. Michigan teacher certificate, grades 5-12
  2. Previous participation in a Michigan Department of Education Improving Teacher Quality Grant project awarded to Michigan Tech

Benefits to joining the cohort of teachers in the current EPDIS:

  1. Books, supplies, housing, meals and tuition funded plus a stipend for the 4 graduate credit ENG5400 summer institute July 1425,
    2014.
  2. Books, supplies, housing, meals and tuition funded plus a stipend for the 1 graduate credit 3DPrinter Workshop tentatively August 46,
    2014.
    (participants will assemble and learn to operate an open source Delta style 3D Printer to bring back to use in your classroom.)

Roles and responsibilities of the grant participants:

  1. Complete ENG 5400 course & 3DPrinter workshop.
  2. Submit all pre/post evaluations for yourself and evidence of project related student learning.
  3. Assist in all components of program evaluation and assessment, including SAMPI Classroom Observations.

August 2014

Isle Royale Moose Watch for Educators

July 29 - August 6, 2014
Deadline: June 27, 2014

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Isle Royale Moose Watch for Educators—Course Description

MooseWatch for Educators is a unique field experience in support of the ecological study of wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park. Educators will receive the technical instruction needed to participate as a member of a backcountry research team collecting moose bones and performing field necropsies on moose kill sites. The research team will be operating in an off-trail wilderness setting involving travel by canoe and foot. They will learn research methods, backcountry navigation, and wilderness living skills. The course will integrate aspects of earth science, geography, anatomy and physiology, and general ecology and mathematics. Moose pathology and anatomy will be an integral instructional component of the program. Participants will present their findings to the researchers associated with the study as well as develop lesson plans for use at their local schools.

ED 5560
3 credits