2/18/14

All aboard for a week-long teacher research cruise on Lake Erie

Teachers and non-formal educators can trade in their whiteboards and textbooks for life vests and sampling equipment this summer during a week-long workshop aboard the EPA research vessel Lake Guardian. The Shipboard and Shoreline Science workshop, held from July 7-13, will give teachers grades 4-12 a unique opportunity to work alongside scientists as they conduct field research across Lake Erie. Applications for the 15 available spaces will be accepted until March 7. 

The annual research cruise takes place on a different Great Lake every year, giving educators from a variety of disciplines an opportunity to learn first-hand about the unique ecology of each lake as well as how people’s actions are affecting the region. This year, participants will monitor water quality and study the microscopic species at the bottom of the Lake Erie food web. 

“The cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a Great Lakes scientist.” said Kristin TePas, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant community outreach specialist and workshop coordinator. “Each year brings an amazing group of educators, and it is inspiring to see how they incorporate what they’ve learned into the classroom.” 

Educators will also work together to examine classroom activities that expand students’ understanding of the Great Lakes and identify new ways to incorporate hands-on research into their classroom. Sea Grant specialists onboard will provide educational resources and support. And after the cruise, specialists will be available to help teachers implement new activities based on their experiences. 

Participants will receive a $500 stipend at the end of the week-long cruise to help cover any travel expenses to and from the launch point in Cleveland, OH. For more information on the workshop and to apply, visit www.paseagrant.org/projects/rv-lake-guardian-workshop/

The annual Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop is hosted by the Center for Great Lakes Literacy and coordinated by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office. Funding comes from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 

*photos taken during the 2010 cruise on Lake Michigan

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