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For Immediate Release: April 2013
For More Information: Joan Chadde jchadde@mtu.edu 906‐487‐3341

Lake Superior Symposium Draws 200 Students & Teachers


More than 200 teachers and students from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ontario came to Michigan Technological University for the 10th Biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium.  Students and teachers from 24 schools in three Great Lakes states and Canada spent four days at the symposium, Thursday to Sunday, May 16-19, 2013.

The 7th through 12th grade students and their teachers participated in dozens of hands-on activities and field trips such as Exploring the Great Lakes with Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles; Use of Mobile Technology to Collect Environmental Data; Sustainable Design & Low Impact Development; Community Supported Agriculture; Shipping on the Great Lakes, Sustainable Transportation; and scientific excursions aboard the Agassiz research vessel.

The symposium's more than 40 presenters covered a wide variety of topics including Great Lakes history and economic impacts, conservation issues, Lake Superior geology, water quality of the Great Lakes, student stewardship initiatives and the arts - such as botanical drawing, poetry, photography and more. Presenters included Michigan Tech faculty and graduate students; biologists, foresters and geologists; community activists, artists, writers, educators and model student groups. Superior AmeriCorps is providing a dozen members to assist throughout the symposium.

The symposium is designed to teach students and teachers about Lake Superior and the Great Lakes watersheds through hands-on activities and to prepare them to bring their experiences back to their classrooms and communities.

The Symposium is sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and the Western UP Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education, along with Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science and Tech's Great Lakes Research Center. Funding for the symposium was provided by the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, NOAA, Earth Force, Michigan Space Grant Consortium, and the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) Environmental Endowment, and student scholarships were contributed by the KCF Youth Advisory Council, Upper Peninsula Environmental Council, Superior Watershed Partnership, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw, Copper Country Trout Unlimited, Copper Country Audubon Club and Dale Nichols.

To learn more about the symposium and view the program booklet, visit: http://lakesuperioryouth.org/