Teachers Earth Science Institute
September 01, 2004
The Teachers Earth Science Institute utilizes mineral science and mineral processing to enhance the teaching of science in middle and high schools. Teachers attend a 3-week program at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, where they become 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). One of the many highlights of the program is a week spent working in the Caledonia copper mine of Michigans 1.1 billion year old Keweenaw Peninsula, known for having the largest deposits of native copper in the world. The image shows our group (the Nimrods) after setting timber and then preparing for the blasting of a section of the mine and mucking of the copper ore. What a great way to re-energize your teaching for the coming school year.
The teachers/spelunkers pictured above are from Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District in Big Rapids, Michigan, Watersmeet School in Watersmeet, Michigan, Springwood School in Lanett, Alabama, Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, New York, Everest Junior High School in Schofield, Wisconsin, Stevenson High School in Livonia, Michigan, and Westhampton Beach High School in Westhampton Beach, New York.