Title of Project: MTU Graduate Teaching Fellows in Copper Country Schools

Project Summary: This project placed science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) graduate students from Michigan Technological University (MTU) into schools of the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) to serve as resource consultants to K-12 teachers. Overall goals of the project were the improvement of mathematics and science programs and dissemination of the best ideas and practices which evolved from the project. Activities of SMET fellows in the schools included

  1. developing science and mathematics experiments to enable students to actively engage in doing and learning the subject,
  2. developing family math, family science, and family computing programs,
  3. helping teachers apply the tools of technology, and
  4. sharing their special interests and career options within their major field of study.

SMET fellows and cooperating teachers hosted a two day hands-on summer workshop for 70 Upper Peninsula K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The workshop was held during the summer of the year 2001 and had a space odyssey theme.

NSF Project Number: DGE # 9979572

PI: Beverly Baartmans
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931
906-487-2908
bjgimmes@mtu.edu
[Fax:] 906-487-3133
Co-PI: Linda Ott
Department of Computer Science
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931
906-487-2209
linda@mtu.edu
[Fax:] 906-487-2283
Co-PI: Sheryl Sorby
Department of Engineering Fundamentals
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931
906-487-3393
sheryl@mtu.edu
[Fax:] 906-487-1620
CCISD Liason: Shawn Oppliger
Director of the Regional Math/Science Center
Copper Country Intermediate School District
602 Hecla Street
Hancock, MI 49930
906-482-4250
sopplige@ccisd.k12.mi.
[Fax:] 906-482-1931