Teachers From Flint Studying Water at Michigan Tech
Water and the City of Flint have garnered plenty of headlines this year. This week, 13 teachers from the Flint area are on the campus of Michigan Tech for a four-day teacher institute focused on water and water issues.
The special interdisciplinary teacher institute will focus on three specific areas: Flint River Watershed; Drinking Water Treatment; Wastewater Treatment. The event is coordinated by the Ride the Waves program, Martin Auer (CEE) principal investigator and the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach.
The course is aimed to enhance the ability of educators to teach about water resource topics including watersheds, stream assessments, amphibian monitoring, wetlands, drinking and wastewater treatment, environmental engineering, environmental careers and stewardship using the new Michigan science standards. Mathe-matics—life, earth and physical sciences, technology and social studies will be woven into the course content.
The Institute will take place at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center on the Portage Waterway with state of the art facilities that support chemical, physical and biological research on the Great Lakes and aquatic ecosystems.
Middle & High School Teachers will engage in hands-on data collection and analysis, field trips, lab experiences, and discussions with research scientists. Participants will take a half-day trip on Lake Superior aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel, Agassiz, to sample water chemistry, plankton, sediment, and benthic organisms.