Fifteen Great Lakes educators took to the water today for the annual Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop. They will spend the next six days working alongside scientist as they conduct field research aboard the EPA research vessel Lake Guardian.  This hands-on experience, coupled with activity development with Sea Grant specialists and other teachers, will help participants bring the latest Great Lakes science back to their classrooms.

Among the participants this year are teachers from Illinois and Indiana, and two of them wrote in to tell us what they hope to gain from their experience on Lake Erie.

Chad Solomon, a teacher at Chicago’s Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, hopes his time on the Lake Guardian will help him foster a stronger connection between his students and the Great Lakes.
“I have been a science teacher for over 15 years and now teach middle school environmental science. I design my class to be hands on, and one of the things I am looking to do during the CGLL Shipboard Science Workshop is identify ways to make the Great Lakes ‘hands on’. Other than a once-a-year beach clean-up, my 7th grade curriculum is devoid of lessons that kinesthetically involve my students. Likewise, I want to increase my student’s personal connections to the Great Lakes. Many times we go on that beach clean-up, and I hear my students say that they have never visited the lake. In Chicago!”
Steve Park has taught 7th grade science in Huntington, IN for 20 years. He is looking forward to a week of hands-on learning.
“My experiences at Riverview Middle School have fueled my passion for sharing the wonders of creation with the next generation. I like to bring real world experiences to my classroom, and participating in the Lake Erie Shipboard Science Workshop will provide the perfect opportunity to share authentic scientific research with my middle school students. I am looking forward to being an active participant aboard ship while also having the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers to find out how they incorporate Great Lakes literacy into their classrooms. I always tell my students they will learn best if they are actively engaged in the scientific process. I will be thrilled to show them how I learned through experimentation aboard the R/V Lake Guardian. Thanks for including me in this voyage!”
Hear more from the teachers and follow the week’s events on the Center for Great Lakes Literacy blog.