Ride the Waves ~ 2017
Michigan Tech’s Ride the Waves Program invites youth in Grades 4-12 to join scientists from Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center in the exploration of Lake Superior, Portage Waterway and Torch Lake. If you already have a group assembled, select all programs described below that you are interested.

If you are an individual and would like to participate, please select one of these pre-arranged program dates when you complete the form below:

July 18 & Aug. 8th ~ Aquatic Food Web & Lab Investigation
Investigate water quality and collect samples to examine in the lab to find out “How Do You Make A Lake Trout?” All ages.1.5 hours lab; 1.5 hours Agassiz

July 19 & August 9 ~ Navigation Exploration
Students use chart dividers and compasses to determine the Agassiz’s position on a navigational chart and then navigate the Agassiz to a new location.  Students will use algebra to determine the accuracy of their navigation. Ideal for Grades 8-12 students. (2 hours classroom; 2 hours Agassiz. Limited to 12 students & chaperones)

July 20 & August 10~ Lake Superior’s Ring of Fire
Explore an area in Lake Superior where the shrimplike organism Diporeia is up to 20 times more abundant than in any other part of Lake Superior! Why does it prefer this habitat? How does this affect the Lake Superior food web?
Ideal for Grades 9-12 students. (4 hours Agassiz)


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Aquatic Food Web - Grades 4 - 12 ~ Please list at least 3 dates that work for you.
Sessions are 3 hours each; 1.5 on the Agassiz and 1.5 in the lab. Find out how scientists investigate water quality and collect samples to examine in the lab. Find out “what makes a lake trout.”
Mine Waste Remediation & Torch Lake Restoration - Grades 6-12 ~ Please list at least 3 dates that work for you.
4-hour session, 2 hrs on Agassiz & 2 hrs on land; meet at the Lake Linden marina. The copper mining and milling history of the Copper Country is explored by land and water. Students visit historic copper milling and reclaimed mine waste sites, and collect samples from the bottom of Torch Lake.
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Navigation Exploration - Grades 8 -12 ~ Please list at least 3 dates that work for you.
4-hour session, 2 hrs on Agassiz & 2 hours in classroom at the Great Lakes Research Center Grades 4-12 students will use chart dividers and compasses to make mathematical measurements of distance, angles and lines to determine the Agassiz’s position on a navigational chart. Grades 8-12 students will use these same skills to navigate the Agassiz to a new location. Using algebra, students will be able to determine the accuracy of their navigation.
Navigation by the Stars - Grades 8 -12 ~ Choose Tuesday, August 1 and/or Tuesday, August 15.
2-hour session on navigation basics from 1-3 pm in Room 104 of the Great Lakes Research Center, followed by an evening excursion to practice your celestial navigation skills from 9 pm to 1 am! Students will use chart dividers and compasses to make mathematical measurements of distance, angles and lines to determine the Agassiz’s position on a navigational chart and the stars!
Ring of Fire - Grades 9-12 - Please list at least 3 dates that work for you.
4-hour session on Agassiz. Explore an area in Lake Superior where the shrimplike organism Diporeia is up to 20 times more abundant than in any other part of Lake Superior! How does this affect the Lake Superior food web?
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