Earth Systems Institute 

Using Michigan to Understand “How the Earth Works”

These two courses, ESI 1 and ESI 2, introduce Earth Science content to Michigan science teachers in inquiry form with a focus in applying what they learn to their classrooms. They emphasize the development of participants' problem-solving skills and employs inquiry-based learning techniques. An important part of these courses is using tools that research scientists use and teaching participants to conduct scientific research. The style of the courses is observational, geographical, descriptive, analytical and interpretive. Participants repeatedly apply a sequence of logical questions that can be tested, so that hypotheses can be rejected or refined.

We aim to engage participants in understanding, interpreting, applying, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating their own observations in the same way as scientists do. Since we all live on the earth, the topics are fundamentally linked to a sustainable world. Education of people about earth processes is an essential scientific obligation.