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Houghton Middle School wins Lexus Eco Challenge again
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Houghton Middle School ~ Grades 6-8
(Houghton-Portage Township Schools)
 

Eco Challenge project degrades waste with grass
Daily Mining Gazette Oct. 3, 2015

Houghton Middle School---2014-2015 Lexus EcoChallenge Winners!
Houghton County is becoming home to exotic invasive plant species such as Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard that are replacing the plants native to the area. By initiating a school-wide native planting event, distributing literature, speaking in classrooms and at parent-teacher meetings, and presenting at a college science conference and to the press, the Pullers brought their community up to speed!

Team: Grace, Andrew, Inseo, Bailey, Samantha, Mackenzie, Kevin, Katie, Lana, Theresa 

Houghton County, Michigan, is becoming home to exotic invasive plant species such as Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard that are replacing the plants native to the area. By initiating a school-wide native planting event, distributing literature, speaking in classrooms and at parent-teacher meetings, and presenting at a college science conference and to the press, the Pullers brought their community up to speed!

http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3750833
(scroll down to Land & Water winners, and then keep going down - HMS is  the first Middle School winning team listed.)

Houghton Middle School Students Participate in EcoChallenge
Daily Mining Gazette 10/14/14

Houghton Middle School 8th grade Eco-Challenge Team wins $10,000
01/10/15

Project Title
Huron Creek Watershed Partnership

Project Description
(180 Students / 2 Teachers)

Invasive species, habitat destruction, polluted runoff are all impacting Huron Creek. By monitoring a small part of the Lake Superior watershed, students can investigate whether these concerns are present in our school forest.This project will focus on the study and care of Huron Creek which runs through the city of Houghton. Students and the community will gain an awareness of how the water quality and biodiversity of Huron Creek has been affected by development and urbanization as well as previous mining activity. Students will plan and implement a student-driven project aimed at improving biodiversity in the wetlands of the creek, report progress and findings to stakeholders within the community, and educate peers about our work. One student group is investigating invasive species in the local area. Find out more at the team website: http://hmsinvasivespecies.weebly.com/

Teachers
(lead teacher in bold)

  • Sarah Geborkoff
  • Julie Filpus, Principal
  • Amy Stier

Community Partners

  • U.S. Forest Research Lab (Dr. Erik Lilleskov)
  • MTU Dept.of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Dr. Alex Mayer)

Project Photos

 
Counting Regrowth   8th Grade Invasives
     
 
Packaging native seed packets for the Elementary Eco Challenge   Eco Challenge Team
     
     
 
 

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