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The Fourth Biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium

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The Fourth Biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium 2001 is taking place at Michigan Tech May 17-20 . More than 400 students and teachers are registered from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ontario.

More than sixty different presentations and field trips will be offered on a wide variety of topics, including Great Lakes history, geology, water quality, forest management, pollution threats, wildlife, student activism, photography, art and model student projects. More than one-third of the presentations and field trips are being presented by faculty, graduate students and alumni from Michigan Tech.

Other presenters include specialists from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw National Historical Park, Michigan Sea Grant, the Great Lakes Aquarium, Trout Unlimited, National Wildlife Federation, Lake Superior Alliance, Mead Paper Division, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, International Paper, local teachers, and many more educators, artists, and writers.

Opening remarks will be delivered by MTU President Curt Tompkins. Chairman Tom Baldini of the US Section of the International Joint Commission will be the keynote presenter on Thursday evening in Fisher 135 auditorium.

Everyone will participate in a Rendezvous at McLain's State Park from
7:00-8:30 PM on Saturday, May 19.

Copper Country AmeriCorps is providing 30 members to assist throughout the four days by driving vans, staying in dorms with participants, facilitating
TEAM meetings, chaperoning evening social events, etc. Local high school
students from the Copper Country ISD Student Leadership Committee have also played a large role in planning and conducting the symposium.

The symposium is hosted by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech. The symposium steering committee has received more than $41,000 in grants from Wege Foundation, Kennedy Fund, Mead Paper Division, International Paper, Keweenaw Community Foundation, and the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education. These funds are providing student and teacher travel and registration sponsorships, covering the cost of "guest presenters," paying for support staff (database designers, website maintenance, administrative assistants, etc), presentation supplies, printing and publicity, field trip transportation, T-shirts, and more.

The Keweenaw Community Foundation, International Paper, Mead Paper
Division, and the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education have provided student and teacher registration sponsorships, in addition to many local school districts.
The SYMPOSIUM website is: http://emmap.mtu.edu/gem.