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Students design T-shirts as they continue their study with LacCore

By , February 3, 2013

redshirtwlogoFrontMacrofossilgreenshirtFront copydiatom2Tshirtdesign_blackshirtFrontFINAL copyStudents continued their study of Bang Lake’s macrofossils, phytoliths and diatoms. Identyfication with continued clarification by LacCore scientists is building on a becoming familiar with the different terms through hands on learning.

T-shirt designs were created by each group. Groups will share what they each learn to the entire group weekly. A large poster of the Bang Lake core is being developed which will include not only what each group finds in their core but the oral tradition and stories of events at or near Bang Lake.

biboon 2010 Lake Team 4 to LacCore

By , February 1, 2011

A number of tests need to be completed once a core has been collected. Students were trained and worked with grad students at the LacCore lab as they prepared and studied the cores. Once they had gathered their data the UM stores the cores for future study. Students worked for most of the day Saturday completing tests on the core collected a few weeks earlier on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Information is shared with the Natural Resources scientists. This work demonstrates to students that they could be part of the scientific educational community should they choose to do so.

Students clean up half the core before examining for macro-fossils.

Looking for diatoms and phytoliths with high power microscopes.

A surgical saw is used to cut open the plastic tube around the core.

Highly accurate color photo of core is helpful for remembering.

Moving the core carefully in a busy lab takes two.

High School manoomin Students Study at LacCore Labs

By , August 21, 2010

During the week of Aug 2-6 manoomin students and teachers from the Cloquet area worked with scientists and grad students at the University of Minnesota’s LacCore Laboratory testing the cores collected from the Fond du Lac Reservation last winter. During the months of January, February and March teams work with the Natural Resources to collect cores in preparation for further this additional study.

Students looked for pollen (pine, birch,etc.), phytolyths, diatoms, and macro-fossils (plants). Much of their time was spent looking carefully at the “mud” taken from the collected core with their eyes and through a microscope. Deductions were made by the students with the Scientists to determine what the land was like in the past.

Students also spent time an enjoyable time at the Frank Theatre doing improvisational theatre and original writing. One day was spent enjoying the the Walker Sculpture Garden and the Como Zoo.

A Scientific poster reflecting year one’s study of the wild rice lakes was on display at the Geo-Science Alliance Conference at the Black Bear Casino, Sept 16-18, 2010, at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College – gidakiimanaaniwigamig office and Biology Dept, the Ojibwe School Special Education Dept., ISD 2142 American Indian Student Services and the AlBrook (now South Ridge) Science Department.

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