The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative seeks to unite and support educators, parents and other champions of STEM so we can engage and inspire the next generation!
THE STEM EFFECT: Understanding the long-term impacts of STEM programs on girls
Montana is proud to be part of a national team that is working to understand the impacts of STEM programs on girls.

The project is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the long-term impacts of STEM programs for middle- and high-school age girls.  

We need you! You can help by:
  1. sharing examples of existing logic models from STEM programs for girls. We will not publicize these, but will use them as we do our preliminary information gathering around what programs are interested in. Email your logic models to
  2. Joining the conversation! Follow us on FacebookTwitter, or on the Web using #STEMEffect to join the conversation.

The STEM Effect project is a collaboration between the  Intrepid Museum, the  Education Development Center, and the  National Girls Collaborative Project, funded by the National Science Foundation. 
Participate in the STEM Effect Twitter Chat Jan. 16 at noon Mountain Time. Join the conversation with your colleagues and two special guest tweeters from the field studying long term impacts of STEM programs and girls. New to Twitter? Watch our newsletter for info on how to participate!
Free Webinar on Global Design Squad Jan. 10
NGCP National Webinar: Design Squad Global Inventing Green, Engage Kids in Hands-on Engineering around Sustainability

Free Webinar
Thursday, January 10, 2019  
Noon Mountain Time

This one hour webinar will detail how to bring Design Squad Global (DSG) Clubs to your community, including the support and resources available to make it successful. Participants will learn about the new DSG club guide "Inventing Green" that gets kids thinking about engineering and environmental sustainability. The guide challenges DSG Clubs to think about how to solve environmental problems with engineering, as well as how to create new inventions using a sustainability mindset.

Equal Pay for Equal Work in Montana
Here in Montana, women are earning only 69 percent of what men earn, putting Montana at 29 th  in the nation for pay equity. Because STEM jobs can be such a great pathway to financial security, we are proud to support this statewide effort.
Learn how to start a Girls Who Code Club in your area!
Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology. They do this by offering opportunities for girls nationwide to learn and deepen their computer science skills as well as their confidence.

Free, accessible after school clubs and other programs create clear pathways for girls and young women to explore computer science careers and join the computing workforce.

To learn more about potentially hosting a free after school club, see the links at right. 
explains requirements to start a Club and how Girls Who Code supports clubs

Shows what girls will learn in clubs
Summer opportunity for teachers
The Montana Aerospace Scholars program is seeking STEM teachers to evaluate online coursework and participate as an academic facilitator during the summer experience at the Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake . Teachers receive a stipend, OPI renewal units and exposure to STEM curriculum, professionals, techniques and amazing students.

For more information email or call 206-764-5866.
Cool resource for educators and families
Crow Language Dictionary online
Wow, check out this amazing resource! Little Big Horn College collected and recorded over 10,000 Crow words and have compiled them into an online Crow to English and English to Crow dictionary. The Crow Language Consortium supports the Crow language by developing language-learning resources, organizing teacher trainings and other community language activities.
News from the national STEM world
Do you know any girls who have done FIRST robotics? A new study shows that FIRST  continued to have a positive impact on participants on key STEM-related measures at 48 months, and that girls in  FIRST  continued to show significantly greater impacts than their male counterparts.
It’s a sign of the times.

A Manhattan construction company has rolled out gender-neutral “Men and Women at Work” signs — believed to be the first of their kind in the city.
A new White House strategy for improving science education is receiving high grades for its emphasis on inclusion, diversity, and workforce development.
The 5-year  strategy  for STEM education was released Dec. 4.
ChickTech workshop brings technology, know-how, careers to Missoula-area girls
Thanks to the Missoula Current for this article about some amazing workshops for girls last weekend. Read more.

Photo by Mari Hall.
Upcoming STEM events and opportunities
BOZEMAN: Open lab during Holiday Break at the STEAMlab at Children's Museum of Bozeman . 202 S. Willson Ave. 
Join us in our high-tech makerspace for minecraft, 3D printing, computer take-aparts, scratch coding and more over the break!
Dec. 26: 1-3pm; Dec. 28: 10-2pm; Dec. 31: 10-2pm
Jan 2: 10-2pm; Jan 4: 10-2pm

HELENA: ExplorationWorks After School Classes - registration opens Jan. 7
Winter/Spring after school classes will begin the week of January 22, 2019 and will continue through the week of March 18th. Registration for these classes opens on January 7th. For more information, and to register, visit:

Billings: STEMBillings presents Adventures in Health and Medicine
Saturday, Jan. 26
For all youth in grades 2-8. Hosted at Rocky Mountain College. Learn more.

HELENA: ExplorationWorks Summer Camps - registration opens Feb. 1
Spend the summer as a scientist and explore the world around you! Members-only pre-registration opens February 1st, and general registration opens on February 15th. To view the full lineup of camps, and to register, visit:

MISSOULA: Girls Interested in Math Mini-Camp, The University of Montana ,
Sunday, February 3, 2:00-4:30 pm in the Mathematics Building.
Girls in grades 5-7 are invited to attend our upcoming Mini-Math Camp. We had a successful fall session on developing spatial skills. The winter session focus will be on number. A Google registration form will be available starting mid-January. The event is free, but limited to 40 spaces, so registration is required. To receive access to the form, email Bonnie Spence , Department of Teaching and Learning, The University of Montana.

HELENA: ExplorationWorks Girls' STEM Roundup
Saturday, Feb. 23
This fun-filled event will feature presentations and hands-on activities by leading women in STEM fields. Registration opens on January 23rd. For more information, visit:

BOZEMAN: Expanding Your Horizons, a day of STEM for middle school girls is March 30, 2019. Registration opens late February. Watch for info here.
About the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative
The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative was founded as an outreach program of Montana NSF EPSCoR and has co-leaders at Montana State University and the University of Montana as well as volunteer board members across the state.
MSU Academic Technology and Outreach
Suzi Taylor
Montana State University
128 Barnard Hall
Bozeman, MT
(406) 994-7957
Jessie Herbert
University of Montana
Missoula, MT
(406) 243-4828