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      High school students get informed on the Great Lakes

      Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center hosted the Lake Superior Water Festival on Thursday for area high school students to learn more about the Great Lakes.

      About 300 students from Chassell, L'Anse, Jeffers, Lake Linden-Hubbell, L. L. Wright, and Horizons high schools attended the event. The purpose was to get students interested in stem fields through hands-on activities.

      Students learned about various aspects of water, aquatic life, and water purification. The students say the activities made the topics easier to understand and more enjoyable.

      "They gave us dirty water with toilet paper and dirt and Cocoa Puffs, and we had to purify the water," said 10th grader Zach Normand. "It's just good for everybody, I think, to know where our water goes and how to clean it."

      The water festival was partially funded by the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, along with Michigan Space Grant Consortium, and the Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society.