Posts tagged: UM LacCore Lab

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.

Glacier National Park

By , July 11, 2010

Driving through Glacier National Park was amazing! Most of us had never been in mountains like these. After driving “The Road to the Sun” we met up with LacCore Scientists to core at Many Glacier.

Lake Team 2 Core Perch Lake

By , July 1, 2010


Lake Team 3 Cores DeadFish

By , May 1, 2010

Research Topics – Summer 2010

By , April 10, 2010

What research study would you be interested in working on this summer at the University of MN?

Phytoliths– working with microscopes, computers and statistics

Diatoms – working with microscopes, ecology and chemistry

Magnetics – working with instruments, computers and physics

Pollen – working with microscopes and ecology

Plant macrofossils – working with microscopes and ecology

Ostracodes – Working with microscopes, ecology and chemistry

X-radiography and XRF elemental analysis – working with scientific  instruments, computers, x-ray images, and chemistry

biboon 2010

By , January 23, 2010

During the gidakiimanaaniwigamig biboon January 2010 camp manoomin Lake Team #1 went out onto Perch Lake and collected a number of cores. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College students Professors, University of Minnesota Scientists, as well as gidakiimanaaniwigamig students and teachers worked together for the better part of the morning.

After noon a core was cut open for all those attending camp to examine more closely. Two students are incorporating what they are doing with the manoomin project  to their Science Fair project. (One of the students found whole pine cones!)


Lake Team #1 students and gidakiimanaaniwigamig staff/teachers plan to travel down to the LaCore labs to further examine the cores scientifically. Information will be shared with the Fond du Lac Natural Resources Dept and the LaCore Lab.

Lake Team spent Saturday, February 28th at the UM LacCore labs working with the cores collected from Perch Lake during the month of January 2010. Students were trained to use many of the instruments and equipment allowing them to cut open the cores, measure density, observe and identify plant materials found in the core.

It was estimated that the small pine cones that Morgan found during camp in January were 9,000-10,000 years old.


gidakiimanaaniwigamig Fall Camp

By , October 21, 2009

Fall Camp was be held November 13-14 beginning with the manoomin Feast, Friday evening, 6PM at the FDLTCC.  After the feast all students and teachers were carried over to the Cloquet Forestry to participate in a variety of activities including initial introduction of the manoomin project, Science Fair research and development, Landscape drawing and the study of 19th Century American painting (Manifest Destiny), the science behind why leaves change color in the fall as well as observing the natural landscape for evidence of animals. Students stayed through dinner Saturday night. See Holly Pellerin at 218-879-0757 for more information concerning camp.

manoomin Feast

By , October 21, 2009

Everyone is welcome to a feast celebrating the beginning of our STEM study of wild rice lakes on the Fond du Lac Reservation. November 13, 2009, 6 PM at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

Students involved will stay through the weekend at the gidakiimanaaniwigamig seasonal camp to continue with activities and study surrounding our study of the earth and the manoomin project.

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