2019 Lake Erie Shipboard Science workshop Lake Guardian, EPA research vessel

Teachers can join scientists on Lake Erie 

July 8-14, 2019

Application Deadline is February 28, 2019

Educators can set a course for adventure and professional development aboard the Lake Guardian, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s research vessel, from July 8-14.

This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for fourth-through 12th-grade teachers and informal educators to work alongside scientists participating in Great Lakes research on Lake Erie. But hurry: The deadline for applications is Feb. 28. Only 15 applicants will be chosen for the week long workshop. Visit: http://www.cgll.org/opportunities/2019-lake-erie-shipboard-science-works...for details and application. 

“We frequently hear from teachers that this workshop is the best professional development experience of their careers,” said Kristin TePas, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant community outreach specialist and workshop coordinator. “And it’s always inspiring to see the creative ways they incorporate Great Lakes science into their classroom afterwards.”

The annual research cruise sets sail from the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland on July 8. Educators will live and work alongside scientists from Bowling Green State University, the University of Wisconsin and the EPA. They will use state-of-the-art equipment to assist researchers collecting data on water quality, plastic pollution, and phosphorus concentrations related to harmful algal blooms.

Educators will also collaborate on new ways to incorporate hands-on research into their classrooms and share ideas for classroom activities that boost understanding of Great Lakes issues. Sea Grant specialists will provide educational resources and support while onboard and will help teachers implement new activities after the cruise.

Port stops in Erie, Pa., on July 10 and in Put-In-Bay, Ohio, on July 13 will also allow participants to learn more about Great Lakes recreation, history and stewardship before returning to Cleveland on July 14.

Participants will receive a $500 stipend at the end of the weeklong cruise that could be used to help cover any travel expenses to and from the launch point. Meals and housing are provided onboard the Lake Guardian. Living quarters include bunks, desks, lockers, and Internet connections as well as shared bathrooms and showers. Graduate credit is available, but if interested, the applicant must pay tuition and fees.

The Shipboard and Shoreline Science workshop, which takes place on a different lake each year, is hosted by the Center for Great Lakes Literacy and coordinated by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office. Funding comes from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Contact Marti Martz at mam60@psu.edu or 217-9011, ext. 104, with any questions.

Main Office: Tom Ridge Environmental Center 301 Peninsula Dr., Suite 3 Erie, PA 16505 814-217-9011