STEM events and opportunities for you

Girls-N-Science and STEM STARS are April 14 in Billings!

One of the biggest girls' STEM events in the region is just around the corner! Girls-N-Science and STEM Stars are Saturday, April 14 at MSU-Billings.

Girls-N-Science includes more than 40 booths at MSUB's Alterowitz Gym featuring hands-on, minds-on activities. Female STEM-related professionals will be involved with each booth giving girls one-on-one contact with important role models who are also mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters with varied interests and life goals. 

No registration needed and girls will get a cool Girls-n-Science string backpack.

STEM Stars  is a  free  event for girls in 7th and 8th grades only. Hands-on learning opportunities, taught by female STEM professionals in three lively 45-minute concurrent sessions, smooth relationships between the girls and professional women in scientific disciplines. Registration is free but required and is limited to 60 girls.

Astronomy & Aerospace Day is April 15 at Museum of the Rockies

All science lovers are welcome to spend a fun-filled day learning about what's going on in space and how it relates to us on the ground. With exhibitors from MSU and lots of events for kids, you will not want to miss Astronomy Day 2018 at Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.

The event includes planetarium presentations, s tudent poster presentations, and d emonstrations and activities for the whole family!


  Learn more //  Photo by Ryan Hannahoe and Salvatore Grasso
April 14 is Citizen Science Day AND March for Science Day!

Citizen Science Day is an annual event to celebrate and promote all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science-related! Learn more.

March for Science is a worldwide movement to  energize science advocates from multiple spheres to create tangible change and call for greater accountability of public officials to enact evidence-based policy that serves all communities. Events will be held in Bozeman and Missoula; if you know of other locations in Montana, please let us know!

MSU offers free STEM camp for middle schoolers
Application deadline April 27

MSU Explore: Earth & Space Science Camp is a 5-day summer camp program to encourage Montana middle school girls and boys to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It inspires students to consider science-related careers, encourages them to pursue a college education, and also gives them a taste of college life.

MSU Explore is for kids who may not have attended a STEM camp or had access to an MSU opportunity like this before. Students from low-income families and communities, rural areas, or those who will be first in their family to attend college are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants need to be entering grades 6-8 in the fall. Two adult recommendations are required.

MSU Explore: Earth and Space Science Camp is hosted by MSU Academic Technology and Outreach as part of the NASA Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline project.

For more information, visit

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Mini-grants available from Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA
Deadline April 27

From Women in STEM posters to NASA Astrophysics Exhibits, NASA's Universe of Learning has a wide variety of free resources via the Girls STEAM Ahead initiative.
What is more, thanks to a continued partnership with Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), there are mini-grants to help programs expand their impact with these resources!

The initiative started as the 2012 "Astro4Girls" collaboration of NASA-funded Astrophysics education and public outreach programs and the American Library Association.  

Goals are:
  • To create and disseminate informal learning products, programs, and professional development experiences that use NASA Astrophysics science, technology, and subject matter experts to advance Science Mission Directorate education objectives on a national scale. 
  • To engage girls and young women, and empower their success in science. 
  • To support informal learning venues and programs with resources that contribute to authentic STEM experiences and increased understanding of the process of science 

Target Audience  
Youths and their families, with a particular focus on girls and other under-represented youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education (Latinx, African American, Native American).  

Applicants can request up to $200 in funding and must supply a short description of their program activities and what the funding will be used for.  

For questions, contact Erin Hogeboom with the National Girls Collaborative Project.
AlpenGirl hosts outreach programs for Manhattan and Churchill girls

Alpengirl Camp is sponsoring 3 outreach programs for girls in the Manhattan and Churchill communities; Bird Scouts, yoga, and a backpacking trip. Please see the attached flyer for more information on these great events!
Science Action Club Bird Scouts: A FREE & FUN after school science program for 4th-6th grade girls. 
  • April 10th - May 8th
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 pm
  • Contact Hannah at 616-566-2800 or Alpengirl at 406-570-6312 with questions
Spring Yoga Series: 3 FREE, all-level movement classes for high school girls.
  • April 19th, 26th, May 3rd
  • Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Contact Laura at 360-298-6085 or Alpengirl at 406-570-6312 with questions
'Intro to Backpacking' Trip: A 3-day backpacking trip for girls entering grades 7-9. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Email for details to register. 
  • August 12th-15th
  • Begins 10am Sunday, August 12th
  • Contact Laura at 360-298-6085 or Alpengirl at 406-570-6312 with questions
Montana Conservation Corps offers summer opportunities for high school and middle school youth

Montana Conservation Corps is currently accepting applications for its summer High School and Middle School Expeditions. Since its founding, MCC has provided transformative, team-focused and service-driven experiences in the outdoors for young people. MCC's mission is to inspire young people through hands-on conservation service to be leaders, stewards of the land, and engaged citizens who improve their communities. 

High School Expedition is a four-week volunteer service experience for Montana teens ages 14 to 17. High School Expedition members spend the majority of their time outdoors, camping, working, and exploring. Expedition members receive on-the-job training, including technical and outdoor skills, Leave No Trace principles, and safety standards, all while working, serving, and learning in some of Montana's wildest places.  Each teen receives marketable know-how and job experience while completing 160 hours of community service. Participants receive a $400 Service Award upon completion of the program. To learn more or apply, visit:

Middle School Expedition is a one-week volunteer service experience for Montana youth ages 12 to 14. Middle School Expedition members work together with five other students and MCC staff, led by two MCC AmeriCorps adult Crew Leaders who are graduates of MCC's seven-week leadership training program.  Crews engage in trails and habitat projects, spending the majority of their time outdoors, camping, working, and exploring. To learn more or apply, visit:

Montana featured in national journal article on Science Action Club

Montana's Science Action Club program was featured as a case study in Connected Science Learning, a journal of the National Science Teachers Association. The January 2018 article was co-authored by Montana Girls STEM co-leader Suzi Taylor (Montana State University) and  Laura Herszenhorn and   Katie Levedahl of the California Academy of Sciences.

ExxonMobil managers and mentors lead STEM Billings opportunities

This winter and spring, ExxonMobil has taken a leadership role in elevating understanding of STEM fields with students in Billings in three events. In December and February, refinery leaders teamed up with other area engineers, medical professionals and fellow STEM nerds to sponsor, promote and present at STEM Billings events. Those activities - developed for kids in grades 2-6 - were focused on coding and medical/healthcare awareness. 

A majority of participants in those events were young girls, who used the events to pursue their passions with technology or take on engineering challenges.
In early April, female mentors at ExxonMobil partnered with students at Ben Steele Middle School to present two experiments at the annual Girls-n-Science event at MSU Billings. That event, now in its 10 th year, draws about 500 girls in grades 4-8 to do fun, hands-on activities with a broad array of STEM-focused entities. The ExxonMobil team assisted about a dozen of the middle school girls in presenting slime and homemade bath bomb experiments with event attendees.

For more on STEM Billings, visit

~ Submitted by Dan Carter, Montana Girls STEM Collaborative board member

Outdoor opportunities from Montana-based Adventure Cycling Association

NTEN Adventure Cycling bike
Adventure Cycling Association is a Montana-based non-profit that inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle. Two upcoming events may be of interest!

Bike Travel Weekend, June 1-3, inspires thousands of people throughout the world to go on a one- or two-night bike trip to a campground, hotel or B&B on the same weekend. Registration, planning and promotional resources are free at

Bike Your Park Day, Sept. 29. People around the globe will explore parks and public lands by bicycle for Bike Your Park Day on September 29  . Visit  for planning resources and no-cost registration. Learn more and register.

New Science Action Club educators trained in BirdScouts

Nine more Science Action Club teams have joined the Montana cohort after a training at Montana State University on Feb. 24. Clubs will now be hosted in 
  • Bozeman (Hawthorne Elementary and Headwaters Academy), 
  • Browning, 
  • Conrad, 
  • Grass Range, 
  • Manhattan, 
  • Polson, 
  • Pray and
  • Ronan.
Science Action Club is a program of the California Academy of Sciences with support from the National Girls Collaborative Project. For more information about Science Action Club in Montana, visit or contact Suzi Taylor with MSU at
Women in STEM: Montana girls need you!

The FabFems directory is a national database of women in STEM professions who are inspiring role models for young women. The FabFems directory is accessible to young women, girl-serving STEM programs, and other organizations that are working to increase career awareness and interest in STEM. Unfortunately, we have very few Montana women profiled here! You can c reate a  Fab Fems  p rofile to expand girls' career options, dispel stereotypes and spark their interests - just by being you. Visit
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Collaborative Co-leaders

Suzi Taylor
MSU Extended University
PO Box 173860 Bozeman, MT 59717
Jessie Herbert
spectrUM Discovery Area
University of Montana - Missoula

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