Great Lakes Maritime Education for K-12 Teachers 2011

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Primary Investigator

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

Abstract

The Center for Science & Environmental Education Outreach at Michigan Technological University (MTU) requests support from GLMRI to continue and expand several of the successful Great Lakes Maritime Transportation education/outreach programs that have been implemented 2006-2010.The Center will partner with the National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Center proposes to conduct two summer teacher institutes─Mathematics & Navigation to be held at Michigan Tech using the research vessel Agassiz, and a Great Lakes Maritime Transportation institute in Door County, Wisconsin. In addition, the Center proposes to conduct two 1-day elementary teacher workshops during the school year in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Ohio. The workshops will result in the development of a lesson & activity guide on Great Lakes maritime transportation. Eight more Great Lakes maritime transportation education teaching chests will be assembled and distributed to education/outreach schools, museum, and institutions in the Great Lakes region.

Objectives

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.

Tasks

  1. Conduct a Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Summer Teacher Institute in Door County in summer 2011.
  2. Conduct a Mathematics & Navigation Summer Teacher Institute at Michigan Technological University in summer 2011.
  3. Conduct two 1-day lesson-writing teacher workshops in Great Lakes states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Ohio.
  4. Regularly update the Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Education website and maintain communication with past participants.
  5. Assemble and disseminate EIGHT Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Education teaching chests to museums and education centers in the Great Lakes region.

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: October 2010 – September 2011
  • Budget: CFIRE: $15,000; Total: 22,500
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Maritime
  • Project ID: CFIRE 05-05
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