Educator Workshops and Institutes
Research Experience for Teachers
This summer research program is funded by the National Science Foundation through 2013, High school teachers conduct multi-disciplinary research in Michigan Tech’s Wood-to-Wheels forest-based biofuels transportation enterprise team, focusing on three technical areas: bioconversion; forest plant biotechnology; and combustion in next-generation engines. Use your research experiences to help develop multi-level engineering content into your courses. Contact Dr. David Shonnard.
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MITEP is a multi-year program of teacher leadership development that empowers middle-grade science teachers to lead their schools and districts through the process of systematically improving science teaching and learning. The project uses Earth Systems Science (ESS) content and inquiry-based instructional practices to emphasize themes that unite all sciences and mathematics. Contact Dr. Bill Rose
Geology of Utah’s National Parks
This graduate level course for teachers features fourteen days of field-based activities in and around the national parks and monuments of eastern Utah – areas internationally recognized for their outstanding geology. Learn to use maps, compasses, GPS, rock and mineral identification, geomorphology, subsurface geology, fossils, and basic engineering principles; learn how climate, sea level, and mountain building change the earth’s landscape, and how to recognize the record of change in rocks. Contact Dr. Jackie Huntoon.
ASM International Materials Camp
The Department of Materials Science & Engineering hosts teachers at a week-long, hands-on, lab-based camp funded by a grant from ASM International. Learn how to use applied science and engineering techniques in the classroom. Contact Ruth Kramer.
The Western UP Center offers an impressive selection of professional development programs designed to help teachers to implement state and national standards, and to actively engage their students in learning. The Center is a partnership of Copper Country Intermediate School District, Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, and Michigan Tech. Summer Institutes for Teachers Contact Joan Chadde.