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Courtesy Michigan Technological University
Homestead High School science teacher Daniel Jaeger, right, and his brother, fellow high school teacher Mike Jaeger, work together on a Great Lakes study as part of a summer research program.

Local teachers travel to study lakes

A local high school teacher and his brother were among the group of educators who took part in a weeklong summer program at the Michigan Technological University as part of the Great Lakes Teacher Institute.

Daniel Jaeger, 47, a teacher at Homestead High School and his brother, Mike Jaeger, 45, who teaches at West Ottawa High in Holland, joined other teachers in investigating how changes in local watersheds affect the Great Lakes. They also were shown how to use data and environmental service-learning to address watershed issues and how teachers and students can create projects that address Great Lakes watershed issues and stewardship needs.

The MTU Summer Institute is really unusual in that most of the lecturers are professors at MTU involved in research on the topics covered in each class, Daniel Jaeger said.

“We had lecturers from the United States Forest Service and two lecturers from environmental education groups,” he said. “The classes are really cool because the teachers meet and work with professors and researchers, experts who are very passionate about their fields of study or their research, professionals who really enjoy connecting with teachers from the K-12 level.”

The teachers rode Michigan Tech’s research vessel, the Agassiz, analyzed organisms and dissected fish in the Great Lakes Research Center and took field trips to local lakes for monitoring and testing. At each step, the teachers discussed how to teach the ideas and methods to students.

This was the fourth class he has participated in through the program.

Daniel Jaeger has been an educator for 22 years, 19 of them in Southwest Allen County Schools, mostly at Homestead High School, where he teaches German and Earth Space Science. Mike Jaeger has taught for 21 years, 19 of them at West Ottawa High School, where he teaches AP Biology and Theory of Knowledge.

Events

• The Mensa International admissions test will be held Aug. 13 at the First Presbyterian Church, room 304, at Webster and Berry streets in Fort Wayne. Mensa members have tested and shown IQ scores in the top 2 percent of the world’s population. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with testing at 7 p.m. The testing fee is $40 and a photo ID is required. Applicants must be 14 or older. Walk-ins are welcome – reservations or prior notification are not necessary. For more information call Dan Klopfenstein at 710-0030.

Awards

• Two Fort Wayne area high school students who advanced from regional and state science fairs earned awards at the national Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. Puneeth Meruva, a student at Homestead High School, earned a third place award of $1,000 for his project in the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering category as well as the IEEE Computer Society second place award of $500. Ethan Anderson, Fort Wayne Area Homeschools, earned the Alcoa Foundation second place award of $1,500 for his engineering project.

• Five local high school students on Team Do it Best won the first-ever Social Enterprise Showdown as the grand finale of the 2014 TechCamp presented by the Northeast Indiana Tech Coalition. Winning team members include Ethan Bearman, Northrop High School, Trevan Parish, Snider High School, Rileigh Wolpert, Adams Central High School, Megan Heimann, Heritage High School and Addison Gepfert, Concordia High School. Team coach was Jon Higgins, principal at Heartland Career Center. In addition, two students received the “Mr. NEITC” and “Ms. NEITC” awards for best typifying the vision and mission of the Northeast Indiana Tech Coalition: Calvin Isch of Adams Central High School and Priscilla Baltazard of North Side High School.

• Erin Ryan of Fort Wayne was named Allen County’s Top Green Leaf 4-H Garden Award Winner during the 2014 Allen County Fair by Green Leaf Incorporated, a manufacturer of agricultural products in Fontanet, Indiana. He received a $25 Visa gift card and plaque.

Ivy Tech

• A group of delegates from the China Education Association for International Exchange will visit Ivy Tech Community College Northeast today and Tuesday. The education leaders are looking to develop relationships with colleges and universities across the country and are interested in developing educational, international exchange opportunities specifically for post-secondary Chinese students.

Saint Francis

• The University of Saint Francis will open its arts season with “2014 Presidential Gala: Cape Ann Collection Connections” on Sept. 6 at the Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication on Leesburg Road. Displays will include the works of Emile A. Gruppe (1896-1978), Aldro T. Hibbard (1886-1972) and Anthony Thieme (1888-1954), as well as other historical painters from Cape Ann. The free exhibition will run through Oct. 5. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Summer hours May through August are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Education Notebook listings appear on Mondays. To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne IN 46802-0088; fax 461-8893 or email vsade@jg.net at least two weeks before the desired publication date.A local high school teacher and his brother were among the group of educators who took part in a week-long summer program at the Michigan Technological University as part of the Great Lakes Teacher Institute.

Daniel Jaeger, 47, a teacher at Homestead High School and his brother, Mike Jaeger, 45, who teaches at West Ottawa High in Holland, joined other teachers in investigating how changes in local watersheds affect the Great Lakes. They also were shown how to use data and environmental service-learning to address watershed issues and how teachers and students can create projects that address Great Lakes watershed issues and stewardship needs.

The MTU Summer Institute is really unusual in that most of the lecturers are professors at MTU involved in research on the topics covered in each class, Daniel Jaeger said.

“We had lecturers from the United States Forest Service and two lecturers from environmental education groups,” he said. “The classes are really cool because the teachers meet and work with professors and researchers, experts who are very passionate about their fields of study and/or their research, professionals who really enjoy connecting with teachers from the k-12 level.”

The teachers rode Michigan Tech’s research vessel, the Agassiz, analyzed organisms and dissected fish in the Great Lakes Research Center and took field trips to local lakes for monitoring and testing. At each step, the teachers discussed how to teach the ideas and methods to students.

This was the fourth class Jaeger has participated in through the program.

Daniel Jaeger has been an educator for 22 years, 19 of them in Southwest Allen County Schools, mostly at Homestead High School, where he teaches German and Earth Space Science. Mike Jaeger has taught for 21 years, 19 of them at West Ottawa High School, where he teaches AP Biology and Theory of Knowledge.

Events

• *TThe Mensa International admissions test will be held Aug. 13 at the First Presbyterian Church, room 304, at the corner of Webster and Berry streets in Fort Wayne. Mensa members have tested and shown IQ scores in the top 2 percent of the world’s population. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with testing at 7 p.m. The testing fee is $40 and a photo ID is required. Applicants must be must be age 14 or over. Walk-ins are welcome - reservations or prior notification are not necessary. For more information call Dan Klopfenstein at 710-0030.

Awards

• *Two Fort Wayne area high school students who advanced from regional and state science fairs earned awards at the national Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. Puneeth Meruva, a student at Homestead High School, earned a third place award of $1,000 for his project in the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering category as well as the IEEE Computer Society second place award of $500. Ethan Anderson, Fort Wayne Area Homeschools, earned the Alcoa Foundation second place award of $1,500 for his engineering project.

• *FFive local high school students on Team Do it Best won the first-ever Social Enterprise Showdown as the grand finale of the 2014 TechCamp presented by the Northeast Indiana Tech Coalition. Winning team members included Ethan Bearman, Northrop High School, Trevan Parish, Snider High School, Rileigh Wolpert, Adams Central High School, Megan Heimann, Heritage High School and Addison Gepfert, Concordia High School. Team coach was Jon Higgins, principal at Heartland Career Center. In addition, two students received the “Mr. NEITC” and “Ms. NEITC” awards for best typifying the vision and mission of the Northeast Indiana Tech Coalition: Calvin Isch of Adams Central High School and Priscilla Baltazard of North Side High School.

• * EErin Ryan of Fort Wayne was named Allen County’s Top Green Leaf 4-H Garden Award Winner during the 2014 Allen County Fair by Green Leaf, Incorporated, a Fontanet, Indiana manufacturer of agricultural products. He received a $25 Visa gift card and plaque.

Ivy Tech

• A*A group of delegates from the China Education Association for International Exchange will visit Ivy Tech Community College Northeast today and Tuesday. The education leaders are looking to develop relationships with colleges and universities across the country and are interested in developing educational, international exchange opportunities specifically for post-secondary Chinese students.

Saint Francis

• T* The University of Saint Francis will open its arts season with “2014 Presidential Gala: Cape Ann Collection Connections” on Sept. 6 at the Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication on Leesburg Road. Displays will include the works of Emile A. Gruppe (1896-1978), Aldro T. Hibbard (1886-1972) and Anthony Thieme (1888-1954), as well as other historical painters from Cape Ann. The free exhibition will through Oct. 5. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Summer hours May through August are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Memo: Education Notebook listings appear on Mondays. To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne IN 46802-0088; fax 461-8893 or email vsade@jg.net at least two weeks before the desired publication date.

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