Joan Schumaker Chadde

Joan Chadde-Schumaker


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  • Director, Family Engineering Program
  • Staff, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Secondary Science Education, Michigan Technological University, 1998
  • MS, Water Resources, University of Wyoming, 1984
  • BS, Natural Resources, University of Michigan, 1977


I have been engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and environmental education for the past 27 years at the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. 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 STEM and environmental stewardship career paths.

I am a staff member in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering as well as an allied faculty member in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences.

Areas of Expertise

  • Great Lakes education and stewardship
  • Environmental education
  • K-5 engineering and STEM outreach
  • K-12 science education
  • K-12 teacher professional learning
    Communicating Science to a lay audience
  • Co-facilitator of biannual Lake Superior Youth Symposium students in grades 8-12
  • Producer and disseminater of 85+ Great Lakes floor maps and Lake Superior floor maps
  • Coordinator of 9 Water Festivals for Gr. 4-12 students in the western Upper Peninsula
  • Coordinator of 15 Western Upper Peninsula STEM Festivals for Gr. 4-8 students (2004-2019)