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2014 Water Festival at Michigan Tech draws 1000 middle school students
By Sarah Blakely, TV6, Houghton Bureau reporter

HOUGHTON -- Over 1,000 students in grades four through eight from around the Western U.P. gathered at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center on Thursday to learn more about the Great Lakes at Tech's annual Water Festival.

From learning about water ecosystems to different uses for native plants, the students participated in a variety of hands-on activities to learn something extra outside of the classroom.

“They’re learning about why boats float, so they’re learning about the principle of buoyancy and how big ships can float while little pieces of, say, pennies can sink,” said civil engineering student at Michigan Tech Andre Ringle.

They even learned how to filter dirty water using pebbles and sand, and looked at different organisms under a microscope. Many of the kids say they enjoy going fishing, so learning about fish was a favorite activity.
“I like fish, and it’s just fun to look at them and learn about them,” said Jeffers Junior High seventh grader James Bates.

It’s all to teach kids at a young age to be good stewards of their environment and to appreciate the Great Lakes and the ecosystems around us.

“That’s when they grow their interests and they learn about what they want to do for the future, and getting them excited about science now will help them stay excited throughout the rest of their lives,” said Ringle.

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