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Michigan Tech Great Lakes Buoy...

The goal of this project is to maintain and improve on Michigan Tech's life-saving buoy network on the Great Lakes. The buoys measure wave conditions, wind speed and direction, water temperature, water current speeds, and detailed meteorological information. Funds from this project will be used to...

$2,150 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Development of a Free...

Psychological testing is dominated by expensive proprietary tests that have for the most part been developed using public research money. The licensing costs associated with testing makes access difficult or expensive and prevents access to useful testing where funding is limited or unavailable....

$6,493 (funded)
$5,000 (goal)
Genetic Improvement of...

Do you like bigger and more flavorful blueberries? It's all about berry fruit development. The blueberry yield is positively correlated with the fruit size. While wild blueberries taste better than cultivars, their production yield is only 1/10th of the cultivars. Our objective is to discover fruit...

$17,193 (funded)
$20,000 (goal)
John T. Parsons History Project

The John T. Parsons History Project is a historical study of the Parsons Corporation in Traverse City that forms the central story in the history of industrial Traverse City since World War II.

$1,000 (funded)
$15,000 (goal)
CS4All: Bringing Computer Science...

Computer Science is essential for every 21st century student, yet K-12 teachers have little support for getting up to speed in this field. Our program brings the teaching expertise of Michigan Tech's Computer Science Department to students in the Copper Country, and it nurtures a community of...

$2,990 (funded)
$4,800 (goal)
Sustainability Demonstration...

The Sustainable Demonstration House serves as a resource for students and the broader community to learn about, test, and experience energy efficient/low carbon/net zero waste living. Its about practicing sustainability in our daily lives and building community in the process.

$4,080 (funded)
$20,000 (goal)
UP and Moving! Keeping Adults in...

During the COVID-19 pandemic it is critical for adults to “move more” and “sit less” because regular physical activity promotes good health, bolsters immune function, and potentially improves prognosis with COVID-19 infection. We will “KEEP THE UP MOVING” by offering a free virtual...

$2,190 (funded)
$5,000 (goal)
Breaking Digital Barriers:...

As the digital revolution continues to transform our society, many older adults and other groups are being left behind. Digital competency for these citizens is a hidden and profound social justice issue. The Breaking Digital Barriers team aims to provide solutions through research and local...

$2,536 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Multiplanetary Innovation...

The Astro-Huskies Team is participating in the NASA RMC Lunabotics Competition in person at the Kennedy Space Center for the second time. The competition requires designing, building, testing, and competing an autonomous excavation robot that can travel through an obstacle area. Please help support...

$3,175 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Great Lakes Research Center -...

This cabled observatory gives us an underwater interface that can be used year-round and is allowing us to study under a cover of ice. Our goal is to build a bigger observatory and monitor all of the Great Lakes.

$13,000 (funded)
$15,000 (goal)

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