Dear Friends of the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project...
We are happy to continue supporting STEM for girls in Montana. Thanks for being part of our team!


Mini-Grants Round 2 Opens April 1st!   
 

The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project has partnered with the Women's Foundation of Montana to offer another round of mini-grants to girl-serving organizations in Montana.

 

Applications will be accepted from April 1 through May 1.

 

Mini-grants are designed to build collaboration between existing programs and organizations in order to encourage girls to pursue STEM-related educational programs and careers. 

 

As in round 1, organizations may apply for funding up to $2,000 and must have at least one partner. Preference is given to applications that are innovative and involve collaboration between two programs or organizations that have not previously collaborated together.

 

Learn more about the mini-grant program at http://www.ngcproject.org/application-resources/ or contact Suzi Taylor (taylor@montana.edu) with questions about the program or applying. 

 

Collaboration Institute in Kansas City  

 

Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project leadership team members Jan Lombardi and  Suzi  Taylor will be representing Montana at the National Girls Collaborative Project Collaboration Institute in Kansas City  April 7-10
 
The Institute brings together new and experienced collaboratives for training on gender equity, building community, and spreading the word about NGCP, plus networking, a girls' panel and more. Montana will be presenting some of the success stories we've had over our first two years of work. The Institute will be collaborating with the Midwest Afterschool Science Academy (MASA) 5.0 as well as connecting its training to the Missouri Girls Collaborative STEM Initiative Conference, so new Leadership Team members can see an event in action.

Watch for live reports from Kansas City on our Facebook page and look for all the great new ideas we can bring back to Montana!

 


MiniGrant-Funded Programs Underway
In Fall 2013, the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative and Women's Foundation of Montana partnered to offer mini-grants to three girl-serving STEM programs in Montana. The three programs are: 

 

1) Women's STEM Round-up in Helena 

  

More than 75 girls in grades 5 - 12 gathered at Carroll College Saturday, Feb. 23 to participate in the third-annual Women's STEM Round-up hosted by ExplorationWorks. The Helena science center not only contributes to MGSCP's leadership team and champions board, but was a recipient of a Girls STEM mini-grant this fall.

 

During the STEM Round-up, girls take three STEM classes, all taught by women. They also meet STEM role models and learn about their career paths. Girls are involved for months ahead in planning the event, and networking opportunities allow participants and mentors to stay connected afterwards. The keynote speaker was Eva Vertes George, a cancer researcher who won a Best in the World in Medicine award while still a teen-ager.

 

Read more in the Helena newspaper: http://helenair.com/news/local/women-s-stem-round-up-gives-girls-hands-on-look/article_1531a0ec-9c5a-11e3-a006-001a4bcf887a.html 


2) 4-H Climate and Environment Summit

  

Four teen-aged girls from Montana left Bozeman on March 27 to attend the 4-H Climate and Environmental Change Teen Summit at Rutgers University in New Jersey. They are supported by a mini-grant from Montana Girls STEM.

 

The Montana 4-H teens are: Rachel Fessenden, Bozeman; Shelbi Fitzpatrick, Cut Bank; Jenny Greger, Bozeman; and Alexandria Schafer, Denton. The youth will be accompanied by Sue Geske, Gallatin County 4-H veterinary science project leader and bio-science team coach. The team will connect with tribal communities with help from Lisa Lone Fight, a researcher at the MSU Spatial Sciences Center and member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (Sahnish) Nation. 

 

The Montana program is organized by Broadwater County Extension in collaboration with the Montana State University Extension Community Development Program, the City of Bozeman and the MSU Weatherization Center. The team will bring back ideas from the Summit that will help them build educational and networking opportunities for teens back in Montana.

 


3) CodeSpace 4 Girls

Lee Miller of the Butte Public Library reports that the Codespace 4 Girls program is underway. With partners in the Girl Scouts and the Butte School District High School math and science teachers, this girls-only program helps girls who want to be "computer ninjas" learn more about building websites and apps through computer coding boot camps. Girls are learning the basics behind programming languages CSS3, HTML5, and PHP while designing a webpage!

 

April classes include Audacity's sound editing software and WordPress.

 

Follow the group on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/buttegdi 

 

Champions Board Profile
First Lady Lisa Downs Bullock
 
First Lady Lisa Downs Bullock joined the Champions Board of the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project in Spring 2014. Mrs. Bullock was born in Helena, Montana, and is the oldest of six children. She attended Helena public schools and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science from Carroll College in Helena and began working on her master's degree in applied mathematics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. 
 
She has worked for IBM, Northrop Grumman, MAXIMUS and has taught high school mathematics. Currently she is an IT project manager for CourtViewJustice Solutions, a company that engineers, installs and supports justice information and process management systems.  Mrs. Bullock serves on the Board of the Lewis & Clark County Community Foundation, an organization that provides financial support to charitable projects in the greater Helena area.
 

The Bullocks have three children: Caroline, 11; Alexandria, 9; and Cameron, 7. In her free time, Mrs. Bullock enjoys volunteering at her children's elementary school and coaching her son's basketball team, as well as skiing, hiking and playing basketball.

 

Of the champion's board, she said "It's a privilege to serve on the Montana STEM Champions Board. I look forward to collaborating with the current board members to expand and strengthen STEM related opportunities for girls and women. And I am incredibly optimistic about my two daughters' future because of this Board's past and current efforts."

 

Program Profile: Girl-Tech at Exploration Works 
April 2, 2014 
 
ExWorks Girl-Tech 2013-14 held its year-end graduation ceremony on April 2, 2014, at ExplorationWorks Science Center.  Both the  Tuesday  group and the Wednesday group,  33 girls in all, showed off their semester projects - using NXT robots to demonstrate an invention inspired by the book/movie Hugo.
 
Graduation celebrated the completion of Girl-Tech activities throughout the school year.  In the Fall semester the girls used 'Circuits and Switches' to build motorized JitterBots and create light-up crafts like bracelets and duct-tape roses, and took a field trip to Carroll College physics lab to work with Prof. Mary Keeffe.
 
This Spring they worked in groups to build and program an NXT robot invention to use in a presentation project.  They also participated in the 2014 Women's STEM Roundup - featuring a nationally known young woman scientist, Dr. Eva Vertes, as Keynote speaker.  The event was organized by ExplorationWorks staff and volunteers, used the nearby Carroll College facilities, and featured hands-on small-group presentations by women scientists, inventors, and engineers from around Montana.

If you'd like more information on the Girl Tech program at Exploration works, please email Liz Gunderson at  lizgun@mt.net.
What's Happening
News, Opportunities, and Events in Montana  
 
April 1, Bozeman.  Equal Pay for Equal Work Summit.

April 2, Helena. ExplorationWorks Science Center - Girl Tech 2013-14 Graduation Ceremony.

  

April 3, Helena. Bubble Trouble. Have you ever been told to stop blowing bubbles in your milk? Here you will be able to blow bubbles in paint until your heart's content! All of your efforts will result in a unique bubble creation. Grades 6-12, 5:30-7:30 PM; Cost:$14/Girl; $14/Adult, www.gsmw.org 


April 5, Bozeman.  Expanding Your Horizons for Girls. This day of STEM for girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grade features hands-on workshops and fun with college women who serve as role models.  http://eu.montana.edu/continuinged/youth/

April 5, Bozeman.  Astronomy Day at Museum of the Rockies. Hands-on space science for kids and adults. Free.  http://eu.montana.edu/astronomyday

 

April 10, Helena. Tiny Bubbles. Have you ever been told to stop blowing bubbles in your milk? Here you will be able to blow bubbles in paint until your heart's content! All of your efforts will result in a unique bubble creation. Grades K-5, 5:30-7:30 PM. Cost:$14/Girl; $14/Adult. www.gsmw.org

  

April 11, Billings. Nature Night at the Audubon Center from 6 - 8 PM for 5 - 11 year olds. Cost is $15/child. Drop your child off for an evening of outdoor adventures. http://www.mtacec.org
 
April 12, Billings. Chicks in Science. "Chicks in Science" was developed in 2008 to encourage grade school and middle school-aged girls to enter math- and science-related fields. The event routinely draws hundreds of participants and about 50 booths from area science- and math-based exhibitors. http://www.msubillings.edu/chicks/    
 
April 12-13, Helena. "Imagine Your Future" ExplorationWorks Science Center Girl Scout STEM Overnights. Young women working in STEM careers talk about how they got started in science and technology and offer Scouts in grades 5 through 8 (friends welcome too) fun hands-on experiences designed to inspire Girl Scouts on a path to exciting STEM careers of their own. While Scouts are the primary audience, any girls in the appropriate grades may attend. Participants will spend the night at the museum and enjoy dinner and and a movie along with their STEM oriented activities. Register via http://gsmw.org   

April 18, Billings. School Break Camp at the Audubon Center:
  Migration Madness - Our feathered friends are returning with the warmer weather. We'll learn about their journey and go hiking in search of spring migrants on their way back to Billings. 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, 5 - 11 year old students. Cost is $45/day. http://www.mtacec.org

April 19, Billings. Earth Day Celebration at the Audubon Center! Free and open to all ages. Join us to plant willows, clean up the nursery, go hiking, and play games in our sixth annual celebration of spring. 9:30 AM - Noon. Rain or Shine. Free BBQ for all volunteers. No registration required.

April 21, Billings. School Break Camp at the Audubon Center:  Rockin' Rocks - We'll get hands-on with real fossils and minerals as we delve into the basics of geology and learn how rocks shape our planet. 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, 5 - 11 year old students. Cost is $45/day. http://www.mtacec.org

    

April 25, Missoula. Night at the Museum with Girl Scouts and spectrUM Discovery Area. 

 

April 26-27, Helena. "Imagine Your Future" ExplorationWorks Science Center Girl Scout STEM Overnights. Young women working in STEM careers talk about how they got started in science and technology and offer Scouts in grades 5 through 8 (friends welcome too) fun hands-on experiences designed to inspire Girl Scouts on a path to exciting STEM careers of their own. While Scouts are the primary audience, any girls in the appropriate grades may attend. Participants will spend the night at the museum and enjoy dinner and and a movie along with their STEM oriented activities. Registration will be open via http://gsmw.org  

  

May 2014, Missoula. SciGirls Club comes to Missoula! Stay tuned for details. http://spectrum.umt.edu/  


June 15-20, Bozeman. Peaks and Potentials Camp, MSU-Bozeman Campus. 
Hands-on, week-long camp for high-ability, high-potential kids entering grades 5, 6 and 7 in Fall 2014. Hosted by MSU Extended University. http://eu.montana.edu/peaks 


Have a STEM event to share with our readers?  

E-mail Suzi Taylor at taylor@montana.edu