g i d a k i i m a n a a n i w i g a m i g

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gidakiimanaaniwigamig is committed to working with American Indian students as they work towards their high school graduation and prepare for their post-secondary education in the areas of Science, Engineering, Arts, Technology and Math (STEAM). Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC), the University of Minnesota's St. Anthony Falls Laboratory's Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED), LacCore: the National Lacustrine Core Facility and the Center for Compact and Effiecient Fluid Power and (CCEFP) have generously sponsored this ongoing program through professional and financial support of Seasonal camps, Science Fairs, and robotic and fluid dynamic robotic competitions.

gidakiimanaaniwigamig is commited to training teachers successful classroom strageies that integrate STEAM into their classrooms across curriculems. Progressive models and standards outlined in the Atlas of Science Literacy (AAAS) and organizations such as the American Indian Science and Engineering (AISES) continue to educate and provide affective stategies. Our current study of climate change incorporates gikinoo’wizhiwe onji waaban (Guiding for Tomorrow) or “G-WOW”. G-WOW is unique in it's unique approach. The goal is to increase awareness of how climate change is affecting Lake Superior’s coastal environment, people, cultures, and economies.

This relationship between area research facitilites such as the Fond du Lac Resource Management and the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) continues to grow and develop new areas of study as opportunities become available. Students attending gidakiimanaaniwigamig come from Bois Forte Reservation, Brookston, Carlton, Cass Lake, Cloquet, Coleraine, Duluth, Fond du Lac Reservation, , Leech Lake Reservation, Marble, Minneapolis, Saginaw,Tower, Virginia, Walker and Wrenshall.

For more information contact Holly Pellerin at pell0078@umn.edu or call 218-879-0757 or Lowana Greensky at lgreensky@isd2142.k12.mn.us or call 218749-8130.

seasonal camps

Throughout the year students meet regulatrily to study the earth while reconnecting with friends and mentors. Students work on hand's-on projects in small groups and indiviually. Guest scientist and artists regularily visit camp to present their area of study.

manoomin project

manoomin blog

gidakiimanaaniwigamig high school students worked with college interns and scientists from the Fond du Lac Natural Resources and University of Minnesota LaCorre in a study of the past, present and future of our wild rice lakes on the Fond du Lac reservation. This was a five year study

science fairs

Regular participation in area Science Fairs Competitions are expected by all students in gida. Time is dedicated at camp to research and study indivual topics



fluid power

Robotics and Fluid Dynamics study is integrated into camp, and science fair projects, as needed. gidakiimanaaniwigamig also suppots classroom and afte-school programs in Robotics and Fluid Dynamics.

gida/NASA calendar and blog

gidakiimanaaniwigamig students are currently studying climate change through a NASA. The NSF award is called Niizho Bimaadiziwin (W2W, Walking in Two Worlds) and focuses on the involvement of FDL resource management in science camps. The goal is to increase awareness of how climate change is affecting Lake Superior’s coastal environment, people, cultures, and economies by:

  • Integrating scientific climate change research with place-based evidence of how climate change is affecting traditional Ojibwe lifeways and people of all cultures.
  • Bringing Native perspectives and involvement to addressing issues of climate change by directly engaging Native communities, educators, and students.
  • Providing learners with knowledge about what they can do to mitigate or adapt to a changing climate.

Working with experts in the field gida teachers, college mentors and students are exploring the effects of place based climate change. Additional partners include Fondu Lac Tribal and Community College, This was a three year study.