Great Lakes Maritime Education for K-12 Teachers

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Primary Investigator

Joan Chadde
Michigan Technological University
105 Dellman Hall
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931


The Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education at Michigan Technological University (MTU) requests support from GLMRI to continue& expand several of the successful Great Lakes Maritime Transportation education/outreach programs that have been implemented 2006-2008. Specifically, the Center proposes to conduct two summer teacher institutes— a new institute on Mathematics & Navigation to be held at MTU, and a new Great Lakes Maritime Transportation institute to be conducted at (and in partnership with) the Toledo Maritime Academy and University of Wisconsin in Madison. In addition, the Center proposes to conduct two teacher workshops during the school year. Possible locations are: Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point in Paradise, MI, the Michigan State Historical Museum in Lansing, Sturgeon Bay in Door County, or the Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, WI. The workshops will result in the development and publication of a lesson & activity guide on Great Lakes maritime transportation. Eight more Great Lakes maritime transportation education chests will be assembled and distributed. to education/outreach institutions in the Great Lakes region (28 have been disseminated in the past 3 years).


The overall goal of the project is to increase K-12 teachers’ understanding of shipping on the Great Lakes, and increase their ability to teach their students about Great Lakes Maritime Transportation in the core subjects of science, math, language arts, and social studies.


  1. Conduct a Great Lakes Maritime Transportation teacher institute in collaboration with the Toledo Maritime Academy in Toledo, OH in summer 2010.
  2. Conduct one Mathematics & Navigation summer teacher institute in collaboration with a ship captain and mathematics instructor at Michigan Technological University in summer 2010.
  3. Conduct ONE lesson-writing workshop to develop and publish classroom lessons for teachers to use to teach about Great Lakes shipping topics.
  4. Conduct a one-day workshop at, and in partnership with, the Michigan State Historical Museum in Lansing, MI.
  5. Conduct presentations on Great Lakes Maritime Transportation at a minimum of four state and national conferences to recruit workshop and summer institute participants and disseminate teaching tools.
  6. Regularly update the Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Education website and maintain communication with past participants.
  7. Assemble TEN Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Education teaching chests

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: October 2009 – September 2010
  • Budget: $35,000
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Maritime
  • Project ID: CFIRE 04-02
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