Application Announcement: 2022 Research Vessel (R/V) Lake Guardian Educator Workshops

Application Announcement: 2022 Research Vessel (R/V) Lake Guardian Educator Workshops
1/31/22, 12:00 am - 1/31/22, 11:59 pm

Application:

Now accepting applications for 2022 Research Vessel (R/V) Lake Guardian Educator Workshops. Applications are due January 31, 2022.

Description:

Two weeklong R/V Lake Guardian Educator Workshops are planned for the summer of 2022:

  1. Lake Superior R/V Lake Guardian Educator Workshop 
  2. Lake Huron R/V Lake Guardian Educator Workshop.

Ten educators will be selected to set sail aboard the R/V Lake Guardian Educator Workshops for each workshop. The R/V Lake Guardian is owned by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Educators will have opportunities to conduct research alongside EPA scientists.

During each seven-day workshop, educators will have opportunities to meet other educators, scientists, R/V Lake Guardian crew, and staff from several Great Lakes Sea Grant programs. Educators and a scientist will work in small teams to develop research questions, collect field samples, conduct lab analysis, and generate data to analyze, visualize, and interpret. R/V Lake Guardian educator workshops typically include two shore educational field or shore stops that focus on locally relevant Great Lakes topics.

Lake Superior R/V Lake Guardian Educator Workshop details:

  • Who: 4th - 12th grade teachers and educators in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
  • What: Ten educators will be selected to participate in a weeklong research-focused workshop aboard EPA's R/V Lake Guardian.
  • Where: Participants will board the ship in Marquette, Michigan, to conduct research on Lake Superior. Participants will return to Marquette, Michigan, at the conclusion of the workshop.
  • When: Workshop begins 12:00 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2022 and ends 12:00 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2022.

Lake Huron R/V Lake Guardian Educator Workshop details:

  • Who: 4th - 12th grade teachers and educators in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
  • What: Ten educators will be selected to participate in a weeklong research-focused workshop aboard EPA's R/V Lake Guardian.
  • Where: Participants will board the ship in Alpena, Michigan, to conduct research on Lake Huron. Participants will return to Alpena, Michigan, at the conclusion of the workshop.
  • When: Workshop begins 12:00 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2022 and ends 12:00 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2022.

This once-in-a-lifetime experience gives educators an opportunity  to participate in ongoing Great Lakes research and monitoring, collaborate with scientists, establish relationships with other teachers in Great Lakes states, and bring Great Lakes educational resources to their own schools and classrooms for their learners.

Presenters:

Joel Hoffman, supervisory biologist, United States Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Continent Ecology Division.

Matt Pawlowski, Great Lakes coastal wetland monitoring program manager, United States Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes National Program Office.

Funding: 

Funding for 2022 R/V Lake Guardian Educator Workshops is provided by Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Collaborators:

The Great Lakes Sea Grant Center for Great Lakes Literacy will receive and review applications. Michigan Sea Grant will lead the Lake Huron workshop. Minnesota Sea Grant will lead the Lake Superior workshop. The EPA will provide the R/V Lake Guardian.

Contacts:

For questions about the Lake Superior workshop, contact Minnesota Sea Grant Extension Educator Marte Kitson at minnesota@cgll.org or 218-726-8305.

For questions about the Lake Huron workshop, contact Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator Meaghan Gass at michigan@cgll.education or 989-89504026 ext.5.

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