STEM events and opportunities for you

Montana Girls STEM poster at EPSCoR national conference
Montana Girls STEM featured at national conferences

A poster on the impacts of the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative was featured at two national-level conferences of the National Science Foundation: the biannual meeting of NSF EPSCoR (the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), hosted in Missoula, Montana, in November 2017, and at the NSF INCLUDES Summit on Broadening Participation through Center-Scale Research in Washington, D.C. in January 2018.

The poster featured success stories from the Collaborative's first five years as well as information for states that wish to start their own collaborative.

The Girls STEM Collaborative was launched in 2012 as an outreach effort of Montana NSF EPSCoR, a National Science Foundation-funded program of the Montana University System that builds research and STEM outreach infrastructure in the state of Montana.
Feb. 8 deadline to apply for Science Action Club
Training is March 2 at MSU; travel scholarships available!

Feb. 8 is the deadline for afterschool or out-of-school programs to apply for Science Action Club: BirdScoutsThis network-wide project from the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative and MSU Academic Technology and Outreach offers free STEM resources and training to educators who work with grade 5-8 youth.[NOTE: This was formerly called Birds In Your Schoolyard and is a repeat of training from February 2017].

The program is open to sites that serve both boys and girls, and especially seeks participants from Montana's smallest towns.

Participating educators will receive a complete Science Action Club kit featuring high-quality science equipment and classroom supplies for 20 youth, plus digital resources to provide opportunities to extend learning.

Selected sites  complete a training at MSU-Bozeman on Friday, March 2  as well as a two-hour online module. Some travel scholarships are available.

Selected sites will conduct 12 hands-on activities prior to June 2018 with 15 youth and assist with evaluation and feedback to the California Academy of Sciences.

Afterschool/out-of-school programs can  preview the application  and then  apply online .
The deadline is Feb. 8.
Girls STEM Champions Board member shares article on collective impact

Holly Truitt of the University of Montana and an original co-leader of the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative, recently wrote about collective impact for Dimensions, a publication of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC). Read the article here.
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Montana Environmental Education Association meets in Great Falls March 22-24

The 2018 Montana Environmental Education Association (MEEA) conference, "Tough Teaching Topics," is a key avenue for organizations and educators to communicate, collaborate, and obtain quality professional development in the area of environmental education, and it is the only statewide conference dedicated to that end. In all of our work, MEEA facilitates programming on a statewide level by providing much needed support and connection for a variety of educators and organizations.

MathCounts in Billings seeks volunteers for Feb. 16 event

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This year's Billings chapter MATHCOUNTS competition will be held on Friday, February 16 th at MSU-B in the Petro Theater.

The group is looking for volunteers  to help run the competition as scorers, proctors, a photographer, and Countdown Round judges.  If you have a few hours to share on Friday the 16 th between noon and 4:00 pm with your fellow colleagues and 128 middle school Mathletes, please contact  Dan Munson, P.E.,  Montana MATHCOUNTS State Coordinator.

All volunteers not only get to enjoy the company of fellow engineers, but also get a free MATHCOUNTS t-shirt, a few snacks, and the joy of helping middle school students get excited about math.  If you know of anybody else who would like to help out with the competition, please forward this newsletter.

If you cannot help out the Billings competition, the State competition will be held in Butte on Monday, March 19.

MATHCOUNTS is a great program that motivates hundreds of middle school students across the state in math. Contact Dan Munson at
Expanding Your Horizons at MSU seeks presenters and group leaders

Expanding Your Horizons is Saturday, April 21 at MSU.

This one-day conference includes hands-on workshops for girls in grades 6, 7, and 8. The event generally serves around 240 to 280 girls from all across Montana. Registration for girls opens March 13.

Presenters are MSU faculty, graduate students or community members who share their field of study via 40-minute interactive workshops for small groups of girls. Ideally, presenters will deliver their workshop four times, although morning-only and afternoon-only schedules may be available.  Application deadline Feb. 2.

Group leaders are MSU women students who spend the day with a group of girls, escorting them around MSU, doing team building exercises, and sharing their own personal educational journey. Group leaders do not have to be studying a STEM field but should encourage girls to "expand their horizons" and consider a wide variety of career and college options. Group leader commitment is 7:30a.m. to 4:00p.m.  Application deadline Feb. 9.

Expanding Your Horizons is hosted by MSU Academic Technology and Outreach. For more information, visit  the EYH volunteer page or contact Nicole Soll at or 994-6633.

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Will James M.S. Billings: Career Day Speakers, Feb. 27
STEM professionals are invited to give a talk about their career. The event is from 12:10 - 2:45. Please contact  Nichole Hamnes,  School Counselor,  (406) 281-6154

Bozeman Public Library Family STEAM Night Presenters
The Bozeman Public Library continues offers a monthly Family STEAM Night for school-age kids with a parent. If you are interested in offering a 90-minute hands-on STEAM program, please contact Cindy Christin at .
ProjectCSGirls Competition now open for middle school girls  

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Calling all middle school girls! Are you interested in building an awesome tech project with social impact and having the chance to win a trip to our national gala in DC? 
If so, then register to participate in the 2018 ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls! We're looking for powerful, innovative, and disruptive thinkers for the nation's largest computer science competition for middle school girls. The deadline to register is March 1st, 2018. The deadline to submit projects is April 15th, 2018 so register early! Need a mentor? ProjectCSGIRLS will match you up with one after you register and mentors will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis so make sure to register early!
Register at: ; More details at
National Girls Collaborative Project opportunity:
Feb. 8 Webinar introduces engineering opportunity for K-12 students

Society of Women Engineers Sparks Excitement About STEM
Thursday, February 8, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mountain Time

For more than six decades, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the field of engineering. Now, SWENext offers opportunities for K-12 students to become part of the SWE community. SWE staff will explain how SWENext brings like-minded girls and women engineers together to help build STEM identity in girls and train adult advocates to ensure a future of gender equity in engineering.
SWE Guest Speakers: Jinnel Choiniere, Student Programs Coordinator and Randy Freedman, Student Programs Director. This webinar is a joint partnership between the National Girls Collaborative and the Society of Women Engineers.;

Register for the Webinar
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
Check out our SCHOLARSHIPS PAGE and be sure to tell us if you know of others that should be posted!
Upcoming Events

February: spectrUM Discovery Area is celebrating Black History Month throughout February, featuring new scientists each day and doing activities related to their fields. Learn more at

Feb. 3 - FIRST LEGO League Tournament, MSU-Bozeman.   More info and schedule.

Feb. 8 - Science Action Club application deadline. (See info above).

Feb. 25 - Girls STEM Expo, ExplorationWorks, Helena. More info

Feb. 26 - Powerhouse Montana events in Wolf Point, Big Sky, Havre and Eureka. Women's Foundation of Montana program  designed to connect Montana women to the mentors and resources they need to succeed.

March 1  -  MSU Family Science Night  (formerly NanoDays/MicroDays). 5pm to 7pm, MSU Strand Union Ballrooms. Free. More info

March 2 - Science Action Club training at MSU (for accepted programs; apply by Feb. 8).

March 19 - MATHCounts State Competition, Butte.

March 19 - Montana Science Fair, Missoula.  Learn more.

March 22-24, 2018, Great Falls . Montana Environmental Education Association  annual conference.

April 14 - Girls-N-Science at MSU Billings. More info

April 21 - Expanding Your Horizons, MSU-Bozeman. -  Day of STEM for middle school girls. Registration opens March 13, 2018.

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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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