As a K-12 teacher you can get your students excited about the sciences by tapping into the resources and field trip options available through the CMU College of Science and Technology.
Picture your students exploring the environment in the unspoiled natural area of CMU’s Neithercut Woodland, wandering through the solar system in Brooks Astronomical Observatory or advancing their skills at a Summer Science and Math Camp.
Imagine the learning potential – for your students as well as yourself – of all these resources and schedule your visit today!
Brooks Astronomical Observatory
Students can view the stars and explore the sky from the observatory located on the roof of Brooks Hall.
Michigan Geographic Alliance
The Michigan Geographic Alliance is a network of teachers and geographers using geography content and skills to enhance the education of Michigan students.
Our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable, professional development workshops and resources for teachers. We are part of the National Geographic Network of state alliances.
The Michigan Geographic Alliance receives support from the National Geographic Society Education Foundation, the Michigan Department of Education, Central Michigan University, and Western Michigan University.
Museum of Cultural and Natural History
Your students can “live” natural history through a tour of the CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History. The on-campus museum holds collections including anthropology, zoology, geology and history.
CMU’s Neithercut Woodland is an ideal resource for learning about conservation and the environment. This is CMU's unspoiled 252-acre natural area located 30 minutes north of Mount Pleasant on M-115, just west of the US-10 junction. In addition to educational course work and field trips in disciplines ranging from biology and geology to art and music, Neithercut Woodland and its self-guided trails can be used for outdoor activities such as hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Science Mathematics Technology Center (SMTC)
The SMTC provides outreach services to 14 school districts, 17 private schools and three charter schools. It gives enrichment opportunities for students, meaningful curriculum improvement, and resources to meet the needs of the students, teachers, parents and general public in our region.
Summer Science and Mathematics Camp Programs
Every year the Summer Science Camp and Mathematics program is offered to students in grades K-8. Students do an assortment of activities, from learning to become a crime scene investigator to designing Web pages. Contact the SMTC for information.
In addition to providing a local natural learning environment for various lab exercises, Veit's Woods offers research opportunities for students in areas including biology, geology and earth science. This 28-acre natural preserve along the Chippewa River is within walking distance of campus.
Local plant communities in the preserve include hardwood forest, old fields, lowland deciduous forest, the Chippewa River, a small wetland and a series of vernal ponds. Contact the Department of Biology for additional information.