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      Michigan Tech University gets grant to improve Michigan teaching system

      The Dow Foundation in Midland has recently awarded Michigan Tech University a $5,000,000 grant to train teachers to teach science differently in the classroom.

      According to a MTU professor, up until now most teachers have only known how to teach one type of science without exploring how the sciences are connected.

      Under a new system known as integrated science, classrooms would have students learn new things about science the way actual scientists do.

      "Students work on projects where they're guided through some processes to really go about learning science the way scientists do science. Where you investigate, explore alternatives and come to some conclusions." said MTU professor Brad Baltensperger.

      Along with Lower Michigan school systems in places like Grand Rapids and Midland, the new system will be integrated in Calumet and Houghton schools by Fall 2015.