2019 Montana Science Summer Institute

The Southwest Montana School Services, the MSU Science Math Resource Center, and Montana Afterschool Alliance are hosting the 2019 Montana Science Summer Institute at Montana State University Tuesday, August 6, 2019, and Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Visit the institute’s website for more information. Registration details will be available at a later date. Presenter proposals are currently being accepted through Friday, February 1, 2019.

Expanding Your Horizons for Girls (EYH)

Expanding Your Horizons for Girls (EYH) will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Montana State University in Bozeman. The event is for girls in grades 6 to 8 in the 2018-19 school year. Past workshops ranged from origami math to archaeology. Registration is open. Visit the Expanding Your Horizons website for more information.

2019 MSU Billings/Billings Clinic Science Expo

The 2019 MSU Billings/Billings Clinic Science Expo is Friday, March 22, 2019, and Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Alterowitz Gym at MSU Billings. Registration is now open for students in grades 1 to 12. The deadline to register is Monday, February 25, 2019. Visit their website for registration details and other information.

2019 Montana Science Fair at UM

The 64th Annual Science Fair will be held Monday, March 18, 2019, at the University of Montana’s Adams Center. the fair is open to students in grades 6 to 12. Registration is now open. The deadline to register is Thursday, March 14, 2019. Visit their website for registration details and more information.

2019 Montana Tech Middle School Science & Engineering Fair

The 2019 Montana Tech Middle School Science and Engineering Fair is Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the Student Union Building at Montana Tech. Registration opens Tuesday, January 8, 2019, and the deadline to register for the science fair is 12 pm Friday, March 1, 2019.  Students can use the hashtag #TechScience19 as they work on their projects. 50 students will be nominated for the Broadcom MASTERS Middle School Science and Engineering competition, held in Washington D.C. Visit the Montana Tech Science Fair website for registration information and other details.

2019 Montana Tech High School Science & Engineering Fair

The 2019 Montana Tech High School Science and Engineering Fair is Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the Student Union Building at Montana Tech. Registration opens Tuesday, January 8, 2019, and the deadline to register for the science fair is 12 pm Friday, March 1, 2019.  Students can use the hashtag #TechScience19 as they work on their projects. Two projects from this science fair win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Intel Science & Engineering Fair in May 2019. Visit the Montana Tech Science Fair website for registration information and other details.

2019 Montana Region II Science and Engineering Fair

The 2019 Montana Region II Science and Engineering Fair is Thursday, March 7, 2019, and Friday, March 8, 2019, at Great Falls College MSU. The fair is open to students grades Kindergarten to 12. Student registration opens Monday, February 4, 2019, and closes Friday, March 1, 2019. Visit their website for rules and registration information.

Master Naturalist Course

This course is designed for adults who want to deepen their knowledge of the natural world. We’ll explore everything from birds and insects to geology and plant ID. You’ll hone your naturalist skills as we practice journaling, animal tracking, and the art of observation.

The course meets weekly for 12 weeks on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 8pm (March 6 – May 22) and includes two Saturday field trips (April 27 and May 18). The course fee is $250/person ($225 for Audubon Center members).

Official Master Naturalist Certification is available from the Montana Natural History Center for an additional $100 (to be arranged in the second week of class). The course has been approved for 40 OPI credits. We are also pursuing approval for step-up credits with School District #2 and professional development credits with MSU-B’s extended campus.

Course instructor Heather Bilden is the community programs coordinator at the Montana Audubon Center. She has her MEd in Environmental Education through a joint program with the Teton Science School and MSU-Billings. She has been teaching place-based nature education programs in Billings since 2008.

3D Implementation Mentorship

This course will introduce the NGSS Framework which focuses on the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, core ideas and the journey of becoming a 3D Science Teacher. Teachers will find that many of the practices fit well with other content areas students are exposed to and what you are already doing in the classroom.

24 Renewal Units

Enrollment Opens December 31, 2018

NSTA Webinar featuring Montana State faculty: Biofilms & NGSS

Faculty from Montana State University’s National Teachers Enhancement Network online program will present a free Webinar for science teachers via the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The presentation features research on biofilms and information on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

In the first part of the seminar participants will learn about biofilms with Dr. Elinor Pulcini. The second half of the program will be presented by Dr. Gerry Wheeler, MSU professor emeritus of physics, who will talk about the Next Generation Science Standards.

This presentation is free through the National Science Teachers Association. Please register through NSTA at https://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/9/WSMSU181025