Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Summer Educator Institute

July 20-25, 2008 (based in Duluth, MN on Lake Superior) 

Application Deadline: Friday, May 30, 2008 ~ 20 spaces available!

Explore the historical, economical and environmental aspects of Great Lakes shipping at the “head of the lakes.” Based in Duluth, participants will tour the Duluth-Superior harbor, Minnesota north shore, and meet with industry to better understand the various cargoes shipped, and how it is managed and regulated. The institute will provide unique learning experiences and the opportunity to share with fellow educators. The goal of the Institute is to provide participating teachers with a foundation in maritime transportation---history, current operations, and future challenges.

2006 participants had this to say about the institute:

  • The field trips were powerful!
  • Daily presentations were awesome.
  • The institute helped me understand the way maritime transportation works and how it fits into our life.
  • I was impressed with the wide variety of site visits that included all facets of the shipping industry from the arrival of goods by rail and port safety, to the shipping of goods to other Great Lake ports and global destinations.


Participants will stay at the new Canal Park Lodge for five nights, Sunday-Thursday nights, in downtown Duluth, and eat most meals with the group.


The institute registration fee is only $450 and includes five nights hotel lodging, most meals, travel during the institute, two Michigan Tech University graduate credits (optional), materials, and admission fees. An MTU departmental stipend is provided that significantly reduces MTU tuition costs. (For comparison, 2005/06 MTU tuition rates per credit were: Undergraduate Resident $252, Undergraduate Non-Resident $625, Graduate Resident or Non-Resident $468, and Applied Science Education Graduate Resident or Non-Resident $323). Full payment is due by June 13. Refunds will be provided if the space is filled.

Participants will be eligible to receive $100-$250 for post-institute professional conference presentations, community outreach activities, or journal articles on teaching about Great Lakes transportation.

To Apply/More Information

Application forms and updated information available at:

The application deadline is: Friday, May 30.

Submit applications to:

Joan Chadde, Institute Coordinator

Western U.P. Center for Science, Math &

Environmental Education

105 Dillman Hall - Michigan Tech University

1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931

Tel: 906-487-3341 Fax: 906-487-1620


This institute is made possible with a grant from the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (

Co-Sponsors and Contributors include:

♦ University of Wisconsin-Superior ♦ Michigan Tech Transportation Institute

♦ Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education

♦ Minnesota Seagrant ♦ Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Tentative Schedule

All transportation to sites during the institute will be provided. Participants may travel by Michigan Tech van from Houghton to Duluth on Sunday, or meet at Canal Park Lodge Sunday evening.

Monday-Friday, July 20-25, 2008
Sunday, July 20

- Course overview (evening)

Monday, July 21
- Duluth Seaway Port Authority
- Harbor tour aboard Vista Queen at Barker’s Island

  • S.S. William A. Irvin
  • Great Lakes Aquarium
    Tuesday, July 22

    Tour Cleveland Cliffs iron mine & processing ( Hibbing, MN)
  • Coast Guard facility
    - U.S. Army Corps Maritime Museum
    Wednesday, July 23
    - Canadian National Ore Dock ( Two Harbors, MN)
    - Edna G. Tugboat tour
    - Split Rock Lighthouse

Thursday, July 24
Midwest Energy Coal transition point ( Superior, WI)
- Burlington Northern Taconite Facility & Ore Docks
- Balancing Social, Economic & Environmental
Aspects of Great Lakes Shipping
Friday,July 25
- Lake Superior Warehousing Company 
- Murphy Oil


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