Joan Chadde-Schumaker

Joan Chadde-Schumaker

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Director, Center for Science & Environmental Outreach

Instructor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

  • Secondary Science Education, Michigan Technological University, 1998
  • MS, Water Resources, University of Wyoming, 1984
  • BS, Natural Resources, University of Michigan, 1977

Biography

I have been engaged in water/natural resource, science and environmental education for the past 30 years, working at environmental education centers, outdoor leadership programs, state-wide non-profit environmental organizations, the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation, and for the past 22 years at the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and as a partner in the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education. I am interested in developing and facilitating dynamic, engaging STEM learning opportunities for diverse audiences of both teachers and K-12 students, to spark interest, build confidence, and encourage consideration of STEM and environmental stewardship career paths.

Courses

ED3510/ED3511 Communicating Science Spring 2013

K-12 Teacher Professional Learning Institutes

where teacher participants earn graduate credit from Michigan Technological University (5-day)

  • Great Lakes Watershed Investigations ~ 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012-2014
  • Forest Ecology & Resources ~ 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009-12, 2014
  • Future Fuels from Forests ~ 2008-2010
  • Global Change ~ 2005-2010, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Great Lakes Maritime Transportation ~ 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010-2013
  • Engaging Your Students in Authentic Science Research ~ 2015, 2016
  • Design A Sustainable Future ~ 2015, 2016

Areas of Expertise

  • Great Lakes education and stewardship
  • Watershed management ; stream monitoring
  • Environmental education
  • Elementary engineering and STEM education
  • K-12 science education
  • K-12 teacher professional development
  • Communicating Science to a lay audience