Education and Outreach Interns Assist in a Variety of Projects
AWRI provides a hands-on teaching and curriculum development experience for students interested in careers in K-12 education. With financial support from the Scientech Foundation, the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, and the West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association, the education and outreach interns have played an important role at AWRI.
In 2004 and 2005, four interns helped to develop and test the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support Air Quality Unit. They assisted the unit's author, Dr. Janet Vail of AWRI, with many aspects of this Clean Michigan Initiative-funded project. The curriculum was completed in early 2006 and air quality workshops for educators are now being offered throughout Michigan.
The outreach and education interns are trained in programs such as GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). AWRI is an active participant in these programs and the interns have the opportunity to practice their teaching skills in the Annis Educational Foundation classroom at AWRI.
The 2006 interns, Rob Recknagel and Amanda Callaghan, will be assisting in the evaluation of what students are learning as they participate in the hands-on science programs onboard the D.J. Angus and the W.G. Jackson vessels. They will be developing and testing new activities, such as integration of remotely operated vehicles into the vessel and classroom programs.
The creativity of the interns and the AWRI Science Instructors will be tapped for program development on special trips this summer. For instance, we are planning programs with the Shedd Aquarium and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as part of the 2006 Making Lake Michigan Great Tour, which will bring the W.G. Jackson to Chicago and Indiana. Also, the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has funded trips for the general public on the D.J. Angus this summer that will involve unique programs.