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.
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 climate 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 Science & Impact 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
Engineering Applications in the Earth Sciences
July 13 - 24, 2015
Engineering Applications in the Earth Sciences—Course Description
This course will show how engineers use principles from the earth sciences to solve problems and design systems. Key concepts will be linked to the Next Generation and Michigan Science Standards for precollege education.
Hands-on explorations in engineering related to the earth sciences will investigate the applications of math and science. Project-based learning will focus on concepts that underpin deep understanding of the earth sciences. Participants will submit unit/lesson plans for peer teaching, review, and modification, and will also assist with the testing of new unit/lesson plans being developed for the Mi-STAR (Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform) program.
Isle Royale Moose Watch for Educators
July 31 - August 8, 2015
Deadline: May 1, 2015
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.
Natural Hazards and Human Impacts—Course Description
This course emphasizes the impact of Earth system processes on societies, and human impacts on local, regional, and global Earth processes. The course will emphasize the integration of field-based activities as a means to insure deep student learning. The course was designed to satisfy the following standards for Earth/space science teacher preparation in Michigan:
- 3.0 relate the concepts of Earth/space sciences to contemporary, historical, technological, and societal issues; in particular, relate concepts of Earth/space science to current controversies, such as those around the use of energy, exploitation of resources, and global change, as well as other issues.
- 4.0 locate resources, design and conduct inquiry-based open-ended investigations in the Earth/space sciences, interpret findings, communicate results, and make judgments based on evidence.
- 5.0 Construct new knowledge for themselves through research, reading and discussion, and reflect in an informed way on the role of science in human affairs.
The course will run all day, with much time spent out in the field. Brad Baltensperger will be the instructor.
Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform
Teacher Professional Development Coming 2016
Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform
Mi-STAR, the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform project, is developing a new place-based, fully integrated middle school science curriculum that emphasizes the connections between science, teachnology, engineering and mathematics and engages students in the practices of science and engineering. Mi-STAR is a partnership of public higher education and K-12 schools in Michigan. Mi-STAR is funded by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.
Mi-STAR is looking for teachers and faculty members from Michigan schools who are interested in developing the new, place-based, middle school integrated science curriculum beginning in 2015. Participants will receive training and stipends for participation and will get to create the future of STEM education in Michigan.
Michigan Tech Mobile Laboratory
Year Round Courses and Training
Michigan Tech Mobile Lab—Course Description
Delivering Hands-On Education
The Michigan Tech Mobile Lab is a fully outfitted laboratory that can come to you for your private or public event. We partner with government, industry, and nonprofit organizations to deliver Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) education, outreach, and research across the nation.
Hands-on Education: Courses, Short Courses, Seminars
Outreach: schools, exhibits, conferences, community events
Product & Technology Demonstrations
College & Pre-College Students
Corporate Decision Makers
Governmental Policy Makers
Hands-On Professional Development Courses
Systems Level, Subsystems, and Broad Engineering Courses
Hands-On Activities Integrated in Every Course
Taught by University Faculty Experts
On-Site at Your Location
College Credit Available
Custom Courses Available