Ride the Waves aboard Michigan Tech's R/V Agassiz ~ 2019
Michigan Tech’s Ride the Waves Program invites Grades 4-12 students to join scientists from Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center in the exploration of Lake Superior, Portage Waterway, and Torch Lake. Programs are led by the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach staff and MTU students and funded by General Motors Foundation.

Teachers and group leaders should complete the form below listing several desired dates.

(1) How Do Scientists Assess the Health of the Great Lakes? (1.5 hours GLRC lab; 1.5 hours Agassiz) Investigate water quality and collect samples of organisms to examine in the lab to find out “How Do You Make A Lake Trout?” All ages.

(2) Mine Waste Remediation & Torch Lake Restoration (2 hours land; 2 hours Agassiz) Students explore the history of the Copper Country ‘by land and water.’ Students visit the Ahmeek stamp mill—‘the last mill standing’ to experience an historic copper milling site, assess the effectiveness of the Torch Lake Superfund remediation using EPA protocols, and sample the sediments and organisms in Torch Lake to evaluate ecological recovery. Ideal for Grades 6-12 students.

(3) Navigation Exploration: Math in Action (2 hours classroom; 2 hours Agassiz) 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.

(4) Jacobsville Geoheritage (1.5 hours land; 1.5 hours Agassiz) Explore the fantastic history and geology of historic Jacobsville, where sandstone quarries were very active from 1883 to 1896, when the sandstone was used for many buildings in Michigan, Wisconsin, and all over the eastern US. The sandstone was shipped from docks right offshore. Students will visit the sandstone cliffs, old quarry docks and South Entry data buoy to pull up live data. On land, they will explore the history of White City and have lunch at White City Park. Meet at White City Park. Ideal for Grades 4-12 students.

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It is required that there be at least one adult chaperone per 16 youth
How Do Scientists Assess the Health of the Great Lakes? -Grades 4-12 ~ Please list at least 3 dates that work for you.
3-hour session: 1.5 hours on the Agassiz and 1.5 hours in the lab.
Mine Waste Remediation & Torch Lake Restoration - Grades 6-12 ~ Please list at least 3 dates that work for you.
4-hour session: 2 hours on the Agassiz and 2 hours on land
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
Jacobsville Geoheritage - Grades 4-12 ~ Please list at least 3 dates that work for you.
1.5 hours Agassiz; 1.5 hours land
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