Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Teacher Institute

by Steve Wagner on June 20, 2011

Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Teacher Institute
Door County, Wisconsin
June 20-24, 2011

Nineteen participants from all over Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio will explore the historical, economical and environmental aspects of Great Lakes shipping in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin. Participants will learn about the Port of Green Bay, visit a NOAA weather station and the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and S.S. Badger in Manitowoc, the Coast Guard station and Sturgeon Bay shipyard, and lighthouses in Door County. Participants will investigate invasive species and shipwrecks, take a guided excursion of Sturgeon Bay ship canal, and learn about current-day maritime careers. The institute will explore the many facets of the shipping industry within the context of intermodal transportation, port safety, Great Lakes ports and global destinations. The goal of the Institute is to provide K-12 educators with an understanding of maritime transportation—its history, current operations, and future challenges—that will facilitate teachers’ ability to develop standards-based lessons for their science, math, social studies or language arts classes.

This course is taught by University of Wisconsin faculty (including CFIRE Director Teresa Adams), maritime educators, U.S. Coast Guard, shipwreck historians, and those in the maritime professions of ship design, construction and maintenance. The course is coordinated by the Joan Chadde, education program coordinator for the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech, with funding from the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute at University of Wisconsin-Superior and the University of Minnesota Duluth, and from the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Since 2006, the course has been taught three times in Duluth, and also in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Toledo, Ohio. This is the first time the course is being taught in Door County.

“We’re excited to start the course. Carolyn Rock, park interpreter at Whitefish Dunes State Park, and Wendy Lutzke, maritime educator at the Maritime Museum of Wisconsin in Manitowoc, have been invaluable in planning and conducting the course, explains Chadde.

Download a PDF of the course agenda.

About the Program

For more information, contact:

Joan Chadde
K-12 education/outreach program coordinator
Center for Science & Environmental Outreach
Tel: 906-487-3341 or cell: 906-369-1121

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