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.
Summer 2019 Institutes
Moosewatch for Educators at Isle Royale, MI
Session 1: June 24 - July 1, 2019
Session 2: July 7 - 14, 2019
Session 3: July 21- 28, 2019
Cost: $1,150 (includes course materials, NPS permits, ferry expenses, SCECH processing fee, and all food.)
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.
Summer 2018 Institutes
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. Inquire about 2019 opportunities!
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.
Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems
This online course is available to any teacher (Elementary or Secondary) to apply toward professional licensure. Whether you teach English language arts or physics, you and your students are “reading”- we read and code all the information we attend to. Many of the lessons we learn from reading alphabetic code can transfer to the challenges of reading numerical code.
Teaching Science in Three Dimensions: The NGSS in Theory and Practice
This course examines the Next Generation Science Standards and Framework for K-12 Science Teaching (NGSS), the theory underlying them, and what it will take for teachers to transform science teaching practice in ways that align with these standards. The course will focus on critiquing and developing lessons and assessments that incorporate the three dimensions of disciplinary core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and science and engineering practices. The benefits and challenges of integrating across science and engineering disciplines will be discussed.
Belle Isle Aquarium Institute
Limited to teachers in Detroit Schools
July 16 - 19, 2018
Apply by June 15, 2018
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.
Teaching with Spatial Technology (TwiST)
June 18 - 22, 2018 at FSU
June 25 - 29, 2018 at MTU
TwiST is designed to provide grades 6-12 teachers with meaningful and challenging lesson plans about using Geographic Information Systems (GPS) in the classroom. TwiST is a week-long workshop intended to provide the participants with basic proficiencies about some of the many aspects of spatial technology which is growing in importance in this global environment.
Designing a Sustainable Future
ED 5640.2 1 credit or 24 SCECHs
June 26 - 29, 2018
Apply by May 15, 2018
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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.
The Engineering Process
ENG 5100, 4 Credits
June 18 - 29, 2018
Apply by June 4, 2018
ENG 5100 The Engineering Process
This course is intended to introduce engineering to pre-college teachers in order to help them acquire tools for integrating engineering into their science classrooms under the framework of the new Michigan Science Standards. ENG5100 provides teachers with a meaningful experience about the process and methods that engineers use to solve problems. The engineering process will be outlined, as will some of the "non-technical" aspects of engineering. Students will explore how the course objectives are related to the NGSS (and the new Michigan Science Standards). Students will be required to complete a design project that meets design criteria culminating in testing of the project and analysis of the results. This course is a required, cornerstone course for our Master’s degree program in Applied Science Education.
3 or 6 SCECHs
August 10, 2018
Cost: No registration fee
Apply by August 3, 2018
Come learn about graph theory (no, not that kind of graph!), a colorful and central area of modern mathematics that can model real-world problems. Graph theory problems are easy to state and require little background, but they are challenging to solve – perfect for enrichment activities.
Glycobiology: The Missing Link in Our Science Class
July 16 - 20, 2018
Cost: $10 SCECH processing fee
Apply by July 2, 2018
Cancelled due to low enrollment. Inquire about 2019 availability!
Glycobiology, often termed as “the last frontier of biomedical science”, is at the confluence of several areas of basic science including chemistry and biology. Glycobiology provides conceptual framework that helps understand how living systems, from unicellular organisms to humans, function. It adds a new perspective to what we learn/teach in our biology and chemistry classes. This week-long program will introduce some of the most important and relatable topics of Glycobiology to science teachers. The course offers lectures, hands-on lab experiments and discussions.
Michigan Science Teaching and
Development Coming 2018
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.