Geo-Science Alliance

By , September 18, 2010

gidakiimanaaniwigamin-manoomin students were invited to attend the Geo-Science Alliance Conference held at the BlackBear Casino, in Carlton, MN. The Geoscience Alliance is a national alliance of individuals committed to broadening participation of Native Americans in the geosciences. It’s members are tribal colleges, universities, and research centers; native elders and community members; students (K12, undergraduate and graduate); formal and informal educators; and other interested individuals.

The conference goals are designed for participation in talking and learning circles on the issue of broadening participation of Native Americans in the geosciences, as well as meeting others who share your goals, developing new partnerships and collaborations. Students attending could learn about jobs, scholarships, research opportunities, college programs, internships; present a research poster; and tour the reservation.

Teachers could learn about the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program; discover new methods for bringing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education into the classroom; see hands-on demonstrations of classroom activities developed by scientists and educators; meet college, tribal college, and university researchers who are interested in partnering with schools and educators to increase student STEM participation; learn how science fairs can generate student excitement about STEM; meet potential student mentors; connect with other teachers as well as learn about opportunities for students.

gidakiimanaaniwigamig students were involved in a number of activities: demonstrating the watershed table, presenting their manoomin study posters, and creating a painting after learning about the work of artist George Morrison. They also were included in the discussion surrounding “pooping out the core” by LacCore-UM/FDL Natural Resources Scientists. Core studies are the focus of a five year study of the wild rice lakes of the Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota. Read more in the September issue, page 13 of the Nahgahchiwagnog Dibahjimowinnan.

After looking through  the poster exhibits gida-manoomin students were asked to answer the following questions in paragraph form. You can view their responses by click on the Comments link. Students are encouraged to update/re-write their essays.

1. What were they studying and why was it important to them?

2. What was their experiment?

3. What was their conclusion?

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