R/V Lake Guardian Teacher Workshop

ALL ABOARD THE U.S. EPA’s R/V Lake Guardian Shipboard Science Workshop July 7-13, 2014

Teachers joined scientists on a cruise they won’t soon forget!

lake_guardian Horizontal redP1090950 Lake Guardian photo Anna McCartneyThe Center for Great Lakes Literacy, Ohio Sea Grant, Pennsylvania  Sea Grant and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency connected educators with scientists in first-hand explorations of Lake Erie ecology, geology and bio-geochemical processes, with particular emphasis on human impacts.  The cruise promotes Great Lakes sciences and pedagogical best practices in formal and informal education, and forges lasting relationships between science researchers and educators.

Sixteen teachers from around the Great Lakes region spent a week on board the Lake Guardian working with scientists Sam Mason from State University of New York Fredonia,  Steve Mauro from Gannon University, and Ruth Briland of Ohio State University.

Teachers Steve Park (IN) and Jon Wing (OH) summed up the workshop:

“When Author Marianne Williamson wrote, “Every end is a new beginning,” she could have easily been referencing the end of our amazing Lake Erie Workshop experience aboard the R/V Lake Guardian.  Sixteen educators from around the Great Lakes Region had the unique opportunity to learn more about our Great Lakes, specifically Lake Erie.  These fearless adventurers knew that they would board a large vessel, assist some scientists, and takeaway some nuggets of information about the Great Lakes.  What they didn’t know, however, was that this voyage would be a “once in a lifetime” trip where lasting friendships would be forged, unpredictability would be the norm (think engines, weather, late night sampling, etc.), Chef Craig would create gourmet food worthy of the Food Network, and REAL science would be conducted by REAL scientists.”

EPA R/V Lake Guardian Teacher Workshop

Marti Martz mam60@psu.edu