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.
Computational Tools and the Environment
ED 5640, 3 credits
May 7 - August 10, 2018
Location: Online except for July 8-August 10, which will account for 5 weeks spent at Michigan Tech.
Cost: Grant Funded (NSF RET PLACE)
This course has been filled.
Teachers will work in collaborative research teams with graduate students conducting state---of---the---art computational research in environmental engineering. The program will include instruction on computationally-based research on the environment and the design of age-appropriate, content-rich, inquiry-focused learning activities for middle or high school students. In particular, we will learn how computational exploration of the environment relates to new curriculum developments in Next Generation Science Standards, including engineering and modeling. Example research projects include climate change impacts on nutrient cycling in the Great Lakes, effects of land use change on water quality in watersheds and inland lakes, and life cycle assessment of consumer products.
Engaging Students in Physical Science
ED 5650, 2 credits and/or stipends
June 19 - 23, 2017
Location: MTU, Meese classroom
Cost: Grant Funded (ITQ/MDE)
Deadline: April 24, 2017
This course has been filled.
Cost: Free! (includes room and board.)
The purpose of the course is to increase the content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge of secondary science physics and physical science teachers. Specific content focus will be around forces and motion, energy, and properties of and change matter and the application of these content areas in engineering to prepare teachers for NGSS. These topics are the core of understanding physical phenomena all around us and address the state standards. Instructional focus will be placed on improving skills to delivery inquiry-based science instruction in the classroom. Additionally, emphasis will be placed on learning how to provide students with meaningful, real-world contexts and applications by learning about engineering design processes.
ASM Materials Camp
June 19-23, 2017
The ASM International Teachers Materials camp is an intensive, week-long course intended to introduce (primarily) middle and high school teachers to the discipline of Materials Science and Engineering.
Moosewatch for Educators at Isle Royale, MI
This course has been filled.
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 back country research team. You will learn research methods, back country navigation, and backpacking/wilderness living skills. The course will integrate aspects of earth science, botany, general ecology, and the use of literature in teaching science.
Belle Isle Aquarium Institute
Limited to teachers in Detroit Schools
July 17 - 20, 2016
Deadline: June 15
The program focuses on Michigan 5th Grade Science & Social Studies Standards and how the Belle Isle Aquarium can help you meet these through class field trips and place-based learning activities.
Engineering Applications in Physical Sciences
ED 5200, 4 credits
July 17 - 28, 2017
Location: MTU, EERC 421
Cost: $2,394 (optional room and board from July 16-28 - $892)
Deadline: June 26, 2017
The course will show how engineers use principles from the physical sciences to solve problems and design systems. Hands-on explorations in engineering related to the physical sciences will investigate the applications of math and science. Key concepts will be linked to the Next Generation and Michigan Science Standards for pre-college education.
Designing a Sustainable Future
ED 5640.2 1 credit or 24 SCECHs
June 26 - 29, 2018
Deadline: April 15, 2018
ED 5640.2 Designing a Sustainable Future Teacher Institute (for Grades 4-12 Teachers)
The institute will introduce teachers to the field of sustainability through examination of product life cycles, product recycling, repurposing materials, renewable energy sources of wind, solar, and biomass, designing energy- and resource-efficient buildings, site designs to reduce storm water runoff and increase biodiversity, and efficient transportation systems and vehicles. The institute will address the Next Generation Science Standards and be taught by a variety of Michigan Tech University faculty and graduate students, along with community and teacher experts.
Computer Science Workshop
20 SCECHs (pending)
August 14-16, 2016
The workshop is a starting point to join a community of teachers for computing education across Michigan and the Upper Midwest region, in conjunction with faculty and students at Michigan Tech to bring computer science and programming into your school or classroom
Michigan Science Teaching and
Development Coming 2017
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, technology, 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.