Mining, Mineral Recovery,
and Use for Middle and High School Teachers
with major support from
The National Science Foundation
Earth Science Institute featured as a summer learning highlight by
National Science Foundation
Teachers Earth Science Institute utilizes mineral science and
mineral processing to enhance the teaching of science in middle and
high schools. Teachers will be involved in hands-on, discovery-based
activities that integrate concepts in math, physics and chemistry
with elements of social science. Institute programs comply with the
National Science Education Standards (NSES). Teachers will receive
six graduate education credits upon completion of the Institute.
Three credits are awarded each summer.
Science teachers at middle and high schools are
invited to submit an application for Institute enrollment. Space is
limited to 24 teachers per year. Participants will form a class of
teachers with varying years of teaching experience from
newly-certified to master teacher level.
general, daily sessions will be held from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday
through Friday. Some field trips may begin as early as 7:30 am and
end at 5:30 pm. All indoor sessions will be conducted on the
Michigan Technological University campus.
Research investigations, laboratory experiments, and
field trips are an integral part of the Institute and include visits
to study geology, surface and underground mining, mineral
processing, and related industrial activities. Participants will
conduct drilling and blasting in an underground mine to free mineral
specimens for collecting. These activities and others may involve
dusty, noisy, or damp situations. Participants should be prepared to
Participating teachers are expected to return to the
Institute in 2006 for two weeks to share teaching experiences with
colleagues, mentor new Institute participants, and attend leadership
training sessions and classroom assessment workshops.
Technological University will grant six semester hours of
graduate-level, certification credit to those who complete both
sessions of the Institute. Three credits will be awarded at the end
of each summer session. The credits are accepted by the State of
Michigan in approved course of study programs and are generally
accepted by other states. They may also be applied toward obtaining
a Master's degree from Michigan Technological University.
Michigan Technological University is not responsible
for meeting individual deadlines for credits toward teaching
certification and/or salary increases. Official transcripts for
current course work will be available upon request approximately two
weeks after completion of Institute attendance and participation
- Attend Institute sessions for three weeks during summer 2005
(July 10-July 29) and for two weeks during summer 2006
(July 16-July 28). Develop and implement curricula and
classroom plans and activities incorporating materials from
- Maintain a journal of experiences resulting from Institute
- Share experiences and materials with colleagues
- Participate in Institute assessment and academic year
workshops. Develop and implement curricula and classroom
- Prepare individual lesson plans and group unit plans
based on Institute topics while attending.
Stipends and Expense Allowance
stipend of $60 per day ($300 per week) will be paid to each
participant while in attendance at the Institute. Transportation,
accommodations, and meals will be provided. Participants will also
receive transportation reimbursement for two round trips from their
place of residence to Houghton at the federally approved rate,
currently 32.5 cents per mile up to $500. Recreational activities
are available during evenings and weekends. On-campus weekend
participant room and board will be provided at no cost but
participants need not remain in residence during the weekend.
Each participant will be provided with safety
footwear, hard hats, hearing protection, and safety glasses.
Participants are encouraged to bring rock hammers and hand lenses.
Registration and Housing:(906) 487-2263 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Content: Dr. Francis Otuonye, Program Director,
(931)372-3374 or email@example.com
will the Teachers Earth Science Institute
materials relating to mineral exploration, mining, mineral
recovery and use, careers, and environmental
responsibility -- classroom materials, model lesson plans,
manuals, workbooks, mineral kits.
professional development sessions in assessment and
and certification credits
experiences, research projects and laboratory sessions
Files for Brochure and/or Application:
Up-to-date: August 2, 2005
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