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Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum
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Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS)
Ms. Joan Chadde
Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education
Michigan Technological University
Michigan Technological University is part of a $188,302 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality awarded to the Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education to develop three of the five NEW Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) middle school units: Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Water Quality, and Energy Resources. This grant also supported the development of six interactive web modules for each of these three units. The development of each unit was guided by a curriculum team comprised of Michigan Tech faculty, faculty from other universities, resource management professionals, and educators from throughout Michigan. March 3, 2006 marks the completion of the development and production stage and the beginning of the dissemination stage.
The Western U.P. Center is a partnership of Michigan Tech and both the Copper Country and Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School Districts.
What is MEECS?
The Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) is a set of environmental education curriculum lessons and support materials, carefully designed to help teachers integrate environmental materials into their classrooms – materials that are Michigan-specific, balanced, science-based, and critically aligned to the Michigan curriculum framework standards and benchmarks. The materials were carefully developed with broad-based review, and teacher-tested in Michigan classrooms. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality-Clean Michigan Initiative funding supports curriculum development, field-testing, production, dissemination and evaluation of five units statewide: Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Land-Use, Water Quality, Energy Resources, and Air Quality. These five foundation environmental education units support Michigan’s science and social studies curriculum benchmarks for grades 4 though 9.
The MEECS Vision
The future of Michigan’s environment and natural resources depends, to a great extent, on today’s youth. Today’s students can expect to face environmental challenges in their workplace, in their communities, and in their families throughout their lives. We hope to broaden the opportunities for Michigan youth to acquire basic information about the environment – how it functions, how it is affected by human activity, and how harmony between human activity and the natural environment can be achieved to benefit our economy, our environment, and our quality of life. A greater understanding of our environment will lead to greater care and stewardship.
MEECS / Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Ms. Joan Chadde and Ms. Shawn Oppliger, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education
Web Development Coordination
Dr. Marty Auer, CEE
Curriculum Unit Writers
Ecosystems and Biodiversity Unit
Water Quality Unit
Energy Resources Unit
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