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Teachers Earth Science Institute 2003

Teachers Earth Science Institute featured as a summer learning highlight by National Science Foundation

~TESI-3 2003 Session Photos~
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TESI-3 Class of 2003 at Caledonia Mine

TESI-3 Class of 2003 at Caledonia Mine

Michigan Tech is hosting high school and middle school teachers from all over the United States for the Teachers' Earth Science Institute. The program is funded thanks to a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. During the institutes, which began in the summer of 2001 and continue this summer through 2005, secondary teachers will team up with University researchers and engineers to conduct original research, both in the lab and in the field. Topics will range from geological exploration to mining engineering to mineral processing.

Institute graduates will return to their middle and high school classes with new teaching ideas and experiments, plus a fresh perspective on an old profession.

Drilling a hole for blasting at the Caledonia Mine.

Preparing the dynamite for blasting exercise.

Dr. Francis Otuonye explains mining methods and drilling and blasting.

Professor Ted Bornhorst of Michigan Tech lecturing about geology.

In addition to the NSF grant, significant support for the Teachers' Earth Science Institute comes from industry, including Red Metal Minerals, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., and White Pine Copper Refinery. Principal investigator for the NSF grant is Dr. Francis Otuonye, Tennessee Technological University. Co-principal investigators for the Michigan Tech subcontract to carry out the institute are Dr. Ted Bornhorst, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Tech; and Allison Hein, Institute of Materials Processing, Michigan Tech.

Using the jackleg drill to make drill holes for charging and blasting.

The teachers get plenty of hands-on experience in mining operations.

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Fire in the hole--Blasting.

Group posing with 250 ton truck.

A field trip to the Empire Iron Mine

Nathalie Brandes and Ted Bornhorst show maps about Geology of Lake Superior region.

Field trip to Keweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior.

Learning the load-haul-dump cycle.

And surveying techniques as used in mining and exploration.

Mineral processing and mineral separation in the labs.

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Updated on August 27, 2003
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