|MAIN_IMAGE: Math meets science when Alpena Elementary School “Rusty Raiders” students get their feet wet collecting, organizing, and analyzing data in their project aimed at monitoring invasive rusty crayfish populations in the Thunder Bay Watershed|
|AuGres elementary school students work with community members including the local drain commissioner, USFWS and NOAA staff, and parents to monitor the health of several sections of the AuGres River that drains into Lake Huron.|
|Alpena Elementary School youth engineer remote operated underwater robots (ROVs), among other engineering projects, to aid in their study of the Thunder Bay watershed.|
|A hands-on citizen science and career experience for Alcona County youth working alongside Michigan Natural Features Inventory scientists in the hunt for invasive species while mapping potential habitat for the endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly.|
Through the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NE MI GLSI) network and partnership students are empowered to lead environmental stewardship projects in (and with) their communities. These projects are supported by communities and educators who are adopting place based stewardship education (PBSE) strategies. E-STEM learning is at the heart of the stewardship issues these students address and projects they champion.