Featured Great Lakes Events 2012

Lake GuardianShipboard and Shoreline Science on the R/V Lake Guardian, Lake Huron
Educators participate in Great Lakes research first-hand as they cruise on Lake Huron for a week, July 8-14, 2012. Work side by side with scientists on limnological inquiry, and stop in ports for additional science learning. These events are in partnership with USEPA's Great Lakes National Program Office. Download the Flyer and access the Application Form. Read the weblog from last year's Lake Superior cruise.

Previous Featured Great Lakes Events

Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. Photo by Chris J. BensonIAGLR (International Association for Great Lakes Research) Conference
A great opportunity for middle and high school teachers to hear about scientific research going on in the Great Lakes and large lakes around the world. Converse with the scientists, exchange ideas and bring the excitement of this real world applicable research back to the classroom! View the Flyer and Application Form.
Educator Aquanauts Experiential Workshop on Lake Michigan
The COSEE Collaborative Program at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee will conduct its summer workshop for K-12 educators from June 27 - July 1, 2011. This hands-on aquatic science enhancement workshop will include shipboard hypothesis-testing research on Lake Michigan, laboratory-based sample processing, demonstration of classroom-style activities, professional alignment to State and National standards, some hardware, and travel/housing as necessary.
For further information:
Carmen Aguilar or Russell Cuhel, Scientists
Contact Phone: (414) 382-1760 or 1700
Contact Email: or rcuhel@uwm.edu
Contact Website: www.glwi.uwm.edu/people/access_lab/onacruise/aquanauts
Teaching with Great Lakes Data
Each Great Lakes state has been scheduled for a half-day workshop to introduce curriculum materials based on GL data and the Great Lakes Observing System. Stipends for participation. Contact for registration and other information. Those remaining for 2011 include:
-- March 23, Milwaukee, WI, 9am-1pm
-- March 24, Field Museum, Chicago, 9am-1pm
-- March 29, Erie 2 BOCES Science Resources Center, NY, 12-3:00pm
-- April 2, MN [TBA]
-- OH [TBA]
-- PA [TBA]
Partner Programs for Great Lakes Teachers
We are proud to continue announcing the great programs conducted by others for Great Lakes education. Watch this space for programs for more programs in 2011.
Stone Lab course: Climate Change Education
June 19-25. Taught by Rosanne Fortner with Lyndsey Manzo. Live and study on a Lake Erie island while we examine the science of climate change and how it is projected to impact the Great Lakes. Register now at http://stonelab.osu.edu. A few COSEE scholarships [$500 each] are available. Regular tuition and lab fee applies, or take for Workshop Credit for $395.
Shedd Aquarium: Teacher Field Experience -- Freshwater Ecology
Pre-trip class at Shedd Aquarium: July 14-15, 2011
Fieldwork in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: July 18-22, 2011
For K-12 educators. Participate in scientific research while developing strategies to incorporate both aquatic science content and biological concepts into the classroom. Investigate local freshwater environments, learn about various methods of scientific data collection, discover how to incorporate inquiry into teaching; connect to research and conservation. In this unique program, teachers will kayak and hike among several different islands to gain experience doing science in the field as they conduct their own research project in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore near Bayfield, WI. Price : $415 Lane credit or graduate credits are available from NLU. Request additional information about Freshwater Ecology.
Great Lakes Maritime Teacher Institute in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Michigan Technological University
June 20-24, 2011, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Registration deadline: Friday, May 13, 2011
Explore the historical, economical and environmental aspects of shipping on the Great Lakes while enjoying the special ambience of Door County, Wisconsin. Participants will tour port facilities and the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and S.S. Badger in Manitowoc, several lighthouses in Door County, and an active shipyard in Sturgeon Bay. Investigate invasive species, monitor water quality, take a guided excursion of Sturgeon Bay ship canal, delve into maritime history and learn about maritime careers. Participants will gain new knowledge, skills, and resources that can be integrated into social studies, science, language arts, and math classes. Cost: $495 registration includes 2 graduate credits, meals, and 4 nights lodging at Bridgeport Resort. To register, please visit the website. Scholarships for MI teachers may be available from .
Using Navigation to Teach Mathematics
Michigan Technological University
June 27- July 1, 2011, Houghton, MI
Registration deadline: Friday, May 13, 2011
Explore innovative ways to teach geometry, measurement, and algebra through the practice of marine navigation. Teachers will learn navigation techniques via daily hands-on experiences aboard Michigan Tech's Research Vessel, Agassiz, and become proficient in solving navigation problems using mathematics, charts, and electronic instruments. Cost: $300 registration off-campus includes 2 credits, navigation textbook, two charts, and instruments) or $540 on-campus includes 4 nights M-Th lodging. To register, please visit the website. Scholarships for MI teachers may be available from .
Teachable Moments for Great Lakes and Ocean Science
Some support remains for short workshops designed to provide information on emerging issues or update public information on the Lakes. They will be announced here as information is known to us.
March 24: Nab the Aquatic Invader
IL-IN Sea Grant will conduct a workshop for teachers of Grades 5-7, at the Field Museum in Chicago. Stipend for follow-up activity and student stewardship project. Contact for information and registration. http://lakesideviews.blogspot.com/2011/02/teacher-workshops-at-field-museum-moved.html. View the flyer here.
COSEE GL at Conferences
Planning to participate in conferences for learning about Lake science or education? Watch for prominent COSEE presence at these meetings in 2011:

-- IAGLR, May 30-June 3, Duluth
-- NMEA, June 29-July 3, Boston
-- NAAEE, October 12-15, Raleigh
On-line workshops through the College of Exploration: Now archived for continued use
For three years we offered an on-line program with streaming video of guest speakers on Great Lakes science topics, and downloadable educational resources for teaching about the topics. The programs fostered interactive discussions between scientists and educators. Programs included:
2007: What�s so great about the Great Lakes? [general characteristics and aspects of Great Lakes importance]
2008: The Great Lakes ROCK! [geosciences]
2009: Great Lakes ALIVE [biology and ecology]
2010: Great Lakes Education Summit
Workshop presentations and materials remain on-line for continued free use.

Program Highlights of 2010

Teachers come eye-to-eye with invasive lionfish
August 2010
Lake Ontario Exploration Workshop: A formula for success
August 2010
R/V Lake Guardian on Lake Michigan
August 2010
Great Lakes Enhance Ocean Literacy
July 2010

For Scientists:

Let COSEE help in engaging educational outreach

Events by Date:

November 9 – 10, 2012
EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Inspire Great Lakes Stewardship! Help Your Students Protect their Watershed
July 8 – 14, 2012
Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop Aboard the R/V Lake Guardian
June 11 – 12, 2012
Science and Stories of the St. Louis River Estuary: Exploring Technology for Teaching About the St. Louis River
July 25 – 30, 2010
Lake Ontario Exploration Workshop
July 6 – 12, 2010
Shipboard and Shoreline Science on Lake Michigan
R/V Lake Guardian
October 14, 2009
Lake Erie Teacher Workshop
Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo, NY
August 26, 2009
Exploring the Link between Invasive Species & the Erie Canal
Spencerport, NY
July 25 – 31, 2009
Shipboard and Shoreline Science on Lake Huron
R/V Lake Guardian
July 18 – 24, 2009
Lake Erie Exploration Workshop
July 7 – 13, 2009
Shipboard and Shoreline Science on Lake Superior
R/V Lake Guardian
February 16 – 27, 2009
Great Lakes ALIVE
On-line workshop through the College of Exploration

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