The GLRC’s boathouse is home to the RV Agassiz, a veritable floating classroom used in many outreach and education activities. Custom built for Michigan Tech in 2002, the 36-foot, aluminum-hulled research vessel has a top cruising speed of 30 mph and a cruising distance of over 250 miles. With an array of on-board scientific equipment, a heated pilot house, and electronic navigation tools, the RV Agassiz offers students and educators of all ages a state-of-the-art learning experience. This vessel serves as a link between Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center and Lake Superior—providing a pathway between research, classroom lessons, and hands-on applications.
Resources for Educators
Michigan Tech operates the RV Agassiz for both research and educational outreach. The Lake Superior Educators’ Handbook introduces instructors to vessel logistics and provides background on sampling the biological, physical, and chemical parameters of water. The handbook is designed to assist teachers and group leaders in understanding the logistics of taking a scientific cruise aboard the vessel.