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Michigan Tech Ride The Waves program continues GM partnership

The Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center stresses educational outreach, with one of the most popular options being a chance to climb on board the research vessel Aggasiz. One of the key corporate partners to ensure the opportunity exists is General Motors, a supporter of the Ride the Waves program since 2016. GM is extending its grant in an unprecedented fashion, says Joan Chadde.

Usually it would be $20,000 a year and we would have to make another request. The fact that they committed that amount over a longer period of time is great because it allows you to plan ahead.

General Motors has committed $40,000 over the next two years.

The program is meant for students between fourth and twelfth grade. Chadde says a lot of what is explored on the Agassiz ties in well with curriculum offered to that age range.

We start with the fourth grade and that’s on the food web and that is something they would learn about it school. As they get older we have a couple of different choices they could do [such as] one on geoheritage that takes them to Jacobsville.

Kids from across the state are encouraged to take part. Chadde says diversity is welcome and one of the lessons taught is how to help further environmental science through art, creativity, and other skills outside of the traditional STEM toolkit.

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