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Water Festival Attracts 1019 students in grades 4-8 to Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center
The first ever Lake Superior Water Festival enthralled 1,019 students in grades 4-8 classes from Houghton (Grades. 6-8), Hancock (Gr. 8), Calumet (Grades 4, 5, 8), Lake Linden-Hubbell (Grades 4, 8), Dollar Bay (Grades 4-6, 8), Jeffers (Gr. 7), Stanton Twp. (Gr. 4-8), and Ewen-Trout Creek (Gr. 4-6) schools, in addition to triggering excitement amongst their teachers and the parent chaperones who accompanied them, and the 101 presenters and guides.

There were a total of 67 presenters volunteering their time throughout the day, in addition to 34 Michigan Tech students who served as guides leading the classes to their various sessions in and around the Great Lakes Research Center. A total of 30 different sessions on a wide range of topics related to Lake Superior and water resources were presented.

75% of the sessions were presented by MTU scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, and 25% were presented by a diverse array of specialists from the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Copper Country Arts Center, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw, Keweenaw Land Trust, U.S. Coast Guard, Copper Country Trout Unlimited, LakeDance in Chicago, SOAR from Dollar Bay High School, and the Michigan Nature Association.

The Water Festival was a monumental task and you and your staff did a great job. Nearly 1100 kids in a first year event in a new building and it went very well. Thank You for all of your efforts.
Clay Cotey, Earth Science Teacher, Washington Middle School (Calumet)

Thank you for putting on a wonderful event today! Everything was topnotch and very much appreciated!
Jean Dunstan, Gr. 6-8 science & social studies teacher, Stanton Twp. School

Great job! Thanks for a great learning experience.
Janet Larson, Gr. 4 teacher, Stanton Twp. School

To date, the Water Festival was covered by:
TV 6: CLICK HERE
TV 10: CLICK HERE
Six videos from the Festival posted on YouTube: CLICK HERE

An article in Michigan Tech Lode (Oct. 9, 2012).

Photos of Festival posted on the Water Festival website: CLICK HERE

We’d like to acknowledge our funders who helped to make this happen---Michigan Space Grant Consortium, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, MTU Center for Water & Society, and Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition. The Water Festival was coordinated by the Western UP Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education at Michigan Tech.

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