Lake Superior living, learning focuses students

MARQUETTE – Students involved in the “Life of Lake Superior” program learned all about careers in natural resources during a day-long educational trip throughout Marquette.

The program, hosted by the Michigan State University Extension in Alger County, is meant to educate kids on the area they live in, the unique aspect of living near the Great Lakes and the large impact mining has had on the area.

It also has a focus on the area’s arts, history, natural resources, culture, recreation and career opportunities – anything that has a relevance to kids living along the Lake Superior Shoreline.

Kids also have the option of having a parent or grandparent accompany them throughout the day of activities.

Wednesday’s group saw 50 kids and many of their parents and grandparents viewed the Marquette shoreline from the Isle Royal Queen III.

The group took part in eight different classes during the day, including one in which they made a solar-powered car and one on the Superior Watershed Partnership’s environmental monitoring program on the Eagle Mine in Michigamme Township.

Colton Pawielski, 16, of Deerton has participated in several Life of Lake Superior events. He said he enjoys learning about the different career fields, and is interested in engineering.

“I get to be outside and there’s all kinds of different stuff to do,” Pawielski said.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.