Agassiz Excursions at Strawberry Festival
"How do scientists assess the health of Lake Superior" is the focus of free scientific excursions that will be offered at the Strawberry Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday departing from the Chassell marina.
The public is invited to sign up for free 30-minute scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech's research vessel Agassiz by calling the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at 7-3341 or coming to the Chassell Marina dock on Saturday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Spaces go quickly. Half of available spaces will be saved for onsite participants.
On each scientific excursion, Marcel Dijkstra, a Michigan Tech Great Lakes scientist, will demonstrate the use of sampling equipment to collect data on water clarity, temperature and turbidity that tells us about the health of the lake—Chassell Bay. Participants will explore the link between land uses and the health of the Great Lakes.
Scientific excursions will depart from the Chassell marina dock, with the first departure at 1 p.m. and every half hour thereafter until 5 p.m. Space is limited to 17 persons per excursion (children must be at least 7 years of age and be accompanied by an adult). Life jackets are available for all passengers.
Remotely-Operated-Vehicle (ROV) demonstrations will also be conducted from the Chassell Marina dock by Michigan Tech researchers throughout the afternoon. “Copper Country residents and visitors are encouraged to learn how scientists study the Great Lakes and what factors contribute to a healthy lake,” explains Joan Chadde, education program director. “These scientific excursions for the public have been offered at the Strawberry Festival since 2006 and have been extremely popular. Youth and adults enjoy the opportunity to interact with Great Lakes scientists and get their questions answered.”
The event is coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center and funded by the GM Ride the Waves Program. The GM Ride the Waves Program puts more than 500 Copper Country youth and adults on the water each year to learn about the Great Lakes and promote STEM careers. Additional financial support is provided by the Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society and the Chassell Lions Club.