Detroit Teachers Participate in Global Change Institute

Twelve middle and high school teachers spent a week at Michigan Technological University recently in a five-day Global Change Teacher Institute. They studied the effects of global change on ecosystems, including the impact of climate change on forests, such as elevated carbon dioxide and ozone levels, nitrogen saturation, acid rain and invasive species.

Participating from Detroit Public Schools were Diana Koss and Zakiya Jackson from Ralph J. Brunche Preparatory Academy.

“This was an amazing experience!” Koss said. “I am still in awe that I participated in something this wonderful!”

The institute included field trips to Little Mountain in Baraga County, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, the US Forest Service Research Station in Houghton and a Michigan Gradient Study site near Michigan Tech.

The teachers received a copy of the new Michigan Environment Education Curriculum Support climate change unit for use in their schools.

The institute was coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. Professor Andrew Burton, from Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, was the lead instructor. The institute is funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Michigan Technological University ( is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.

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