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Tall Ship Great Lakes Science Workshop

Photo: S/V Denis Sullivan. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

August 13-19, 2017
S/V Denis Sullivan
Milwaukee, WI

Free. Competitive application process has closed for 2017.

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy and Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, in partnership with the tall ship S/V Denis Sullivan invited 3rd-12th grade teachers and nonformal educators who teach in Minnesota or Wisconsin to participate in a free science-teaching workshop August 13-19, 2017.

Selected Participants Will:

  • Sail aboard Wisconsin's flagship S/V Denis Sullivan and experience Lake Michigan directly on this historic schooner
  • Learn from mentor teachers, scientists and Center for Great Lakes Literacy staff about how to incorporate Great Lakes science concepts into your teaching
  • Learn about Great Lakes maritime history and the science of sailing from the S/V Denis Sullivan crew
  • Find out about free Great Lakes resources for your classroom
  • Collect and analyze chemical, physical and biological Great Lakes data
  • Participate in mini-workshops and develop an implementation plan to explain how to incorporate what you've learned into your teaching
  • Participate in a Great Lakes Awareness Day in your state
  • Earn continuing education hours
  • Have the option to obtain graduate credit through Ashland University in Ohio

Apply to be either a Mentor Teacher or a Teacher Learner:

  • Mentor Teacher: A teacher or nonformal educator who previously participated in a Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence or Center for Great Lakes Literacy Shipboard Science workshop and is interested in mentoring teachers new to Great Lakes concepts.
  • Teacher Learner: A teacher or nonformal educator who has no previous shipboard science workshop experience.

Successful applicants will receive a stipend to cover all onboard expenses, including food. Limited travel support will also be available. Participants will need to be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by 11:00 a.m. Sunday, August 13, 2017. We will make every effort to facilitate ridesharing. There will be a rideshare departing from Duluth, Minnesota Saturday, August 18, 2017. We anticipate completing all workshop activities by noon Saturday, August 19, 2017.

About the Denis Sullivan: The S/V Denis Sullivan is the world's only re-creation of a 19th-century three-masted Great Lakes schooner. The schooner provides a glimpse into the rich maritime history of the freshwater seas of the Great Lakes. Participants will be expected to work alongside professional crew members for periodic 4-to-5-hour assigned watches and participate in every component of the voyage, including: raising and lowering sails, dropping and pulling up the anchor, sweeping and mopping, and cleaning the heads (bathrooms). Participants will sleep in co-ed sleeping quarters and will need to climb and descend stairs with a 60-degree incline.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • If you applied to participate on the 2017 R/V Lake Guardian Shipboard Science Workshop but were not accepted, send Marte Kitson an email indicating your interest in having your application considered for this workshop. You do not need to reapply.
  • The teacher-learner opportunity is open to teachers and educators who have not yet participated in a multi-day shipboard science workshop on the Great Lakes.
  • The mentor teacher opportunity is open to teachers and educators who have participated in a shipboard science workshop on the Great Lakes.
  • Due to limited funding for travel, applicants must be a teacher or educator in Minnesota or Wisconsin.

If you have questions, Minnesota educators should contact Marte Kitson at Minnesota Sea Grant (mkitson@d.umn.edu, 218-726-8305), and Wisconsin educators should contact Kathy Kline at Wisconsin Sea Grant (kkline@aqua.wisc.edu, 608-262-0645).

If you are interested in additional Center For Great Lakes Literacy professional development opportunities, please sign up to be on our mailing list by visiting www.cgll.org/for-educators and subscribing.

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy promotes Great Lakes Literacy and stewardship by connecting educators, scientists, and citizens through professional development, hands-on experiences, educational resources, and networking opportunities. The Center is a collaborative effort led by extension educators from Sea Grant programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois-Indiana.

If you are interested in news and information about Minnesota Sea Grant, sign up for the Seiche, the MN Sea Grant newsletter, by emailing Marie Thoms.

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