The main goal of the overall project is to enhance understanding of climate-related impacts in the Great Lakes using Lake Erie as a case study.
As part of the project team, outreach and education professionals will apply and extend the research results by promoting teaching and learning. For example, one initiative is to develop a K-12 educational curriculum.
The outreach and education components of the study are centered on:
- Promoting professional development for K-12 educators and learning through integrating research about climate in the Great Lakes into education focusing on science, technology, engineering and math.
- Broadening the participation of underrepresented students through a pilot program with the Ypsilanti New Tech High School.
- Creating educational and professional development resources to enhance scientific and technological understanding of climate, actions on land and water quality.
- Delivering benefits of the research through direct involvement of watershed councils and government agencies in the project.
The work that is performed and the results that are compiled will also be of use to other communities. The project focuses on climate and human choice throughout the basin. That means the area of focus is typical of many freshwater systems that experience issues similar to Lake Erie’s. Overall, the research approach, methods and conclusions will be extendable to other regions and related climate issues.
Michigan Sea Grant and the Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach are working to disseminate science results and broaden participation through inquiry-based study at the New Tech High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Education efforts include conveying the benefits of this interdisciplinary research project and how environmental issues, like water quality in the Great Lakes basin, are connected to our lives.
Collaborative Outreach and Education
- Michigan Sea Grant offers programs and materials that increase knowledge about the Great Lakes to enhance science education and encourage stewardship. Sea Grant supports online curriculum, camps, cruises and workshops for K-12 educators.
See: Michigan Sea Grant Education
- CEDO supports programs targeted toward students from K-12 schools or social environments that may not have fully prepared them for the university experience, or who may face cultural barriers that prevent them from participating to their fullest potential.
See: Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach