Wow, there's a lot going on in Montana STEM!
Read on for great opportunities for kids, professional development for educators, and even a fun sudsy STEAM event for adults! Do you have more summer opportunities to share? Post them on our Facebook page, email them to us, and post youth opportunities in The Connectory! Enjoy!
STEM opportunities for youth
Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming offer amazing STEM camps this summer!
Wow, our friends with Girl Scouts are offering some amazing STEM camps this summer! Check out a high-tech fashion and maker camp, a stop motion animation camp, a camp that explores wildcraft, a FIRST LEGO Robotics camp, and a Space Camp. 

Download a fun camp guide or find out more at  www.gsmw.org/camp
STEAM Camp for Girls
7th - 9th grade girls who love Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics (STEAM) will love Montana Learning Center's all-girls summer camp July 22-26. This 5 day biology-themed camp is held on beautiful Canyon Ferry Lake in partnership with  MontanaPBS  and Flathead Valley Community College .
Learn more or register ! (Montana Learning Center offers many other summer camps, too!)
Field ecology for high schoolers
Do you know girls and young women looking to explore field ecology and conservation? Missoula-based Ecology Project International offers 5-day immersive field ecology courses to Yellowstone. These are great places for girls to practice and be encouraged in their engagement with STEM fields! The Aug. 1-5 course for high schoolers still has openings. Visit www.epiyellowstone.org
Western Transportation Institute hosts free STEM camps for middle and high school students
MSU-Bozeman's WTI offers a free summer opportunity to explore design, technology, and planning for smarter, healthier, greener, and safer transportation systems. How does innovation happen? Learn about cool new technologies like augmented reality, 3D printing and much more.
Tuesday, July 31 and Wednesday, Aug. 1
 9am to 3pm
FREE! Lunch included
Register for one or both workshops
Fun STEM in Helena!
Our friends with ExplorationWorks offer a whole suite of STEM camps this summer, but HURRY! Many camps are already filling. Look for fun topics like Extreme Fort Building, Aviation, Animation and more. Learn more
Science Action Club: It's a wrap!
Our Spring 2018 BirdScouts teams are wrapping up, and we wanted to share this quote from one of our SAC leaders...
"It was truly amazing to see the positive impact on these youth who attended. We had a solid group of 12-15 every single time, and they continuously told us how much they loved the program and how it was the best part of their week! We were all very sad to see it come to an end, but I am so beyond happy that we saw it through."

Thanks to all our Science Action Club leaders and supporters, and especially to all our youth citizen scientists who are making a difference in the world!
Who says kids get to have all the fun?
STEAM and Suds at CMB
Hey, grown-ups....if your young STEAM friends are leaving you in the dust, here's your chance to brush up on your coding, robotics and 3D printing, all while enjoy some suds and hands-on tech support. Monthly summer event at the Bozeman Children's Museum. Plus, lots of other great STEAM events, too!
Are we having an impact? Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts
The  National Girls Collaborative Project  (NGCP) brings together organizations committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
External evaluators are working with NGCP leadership to investigate the reach and impact of the project. As part of the study, we are asking all individuals who have registered to attend an NGCP event or webinar, collaborative leadership team members, regional and national Champions Board members, and mini-grantees to please respond to this survey. Responses are kept confidential and will only be reported in aggregate to the project leadership, funders, and sponsors. We anticipate the survey will take about 15 minutes of your time. Please click on this link to complete the survey. Contact  lmarten@ngcproject.org  if you experience technical difficulties or have any questions.
Thank you!
The National Girls Collaborative Project
Opportunities for educators
Science of School Gardens July 18-19
Bozeman /Livingston
Join the Science Math Resource Center at Montana State University for a workshop for K– 8 educators on the Science of School Gardens. The workshop is organized in collaboration with Gallatin Valley Farm to School and Farm to School of Park County. Just $25 (or $15 before June 15!) Learn more .
Professional learning institute Aug. 13-14 in Bozeman
This science professional learning institute for educators features national and Montana science educators, authors, professional learning providers, and exhibitors. Engaging opportunities are available in three strands:
  • transitioning to Montana's new NGSS-based Science Standards / 3-D instruction,
  • deepening core content knowledge, and
  • STEAM cross-curricular teaching and learning.

Network and learn with and from science educators from across the state! OPI renewal credits and graduate credit available. Learn more !
Engineering design for K-5 classrooms
Aug. 15-16, Bozeman
This workshop provides educators with hands-on experiences with engineering design activities while increasing their knowledge of engineering and confidence to teach engineering to K-5 students. Participants will leave the workshop with the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to implement open-ended engineering design challenges in their classrooms. Presented by the MSU Science Math Resource Center. Learn more and register
Free ecology workshop Aug. 17 in Bozeman
How can packs of rocks spark stream exploration? The Rock Pack Experiment is a fun, hands-on research tool for all students and citizens of all ages, demonstrating the interconnectedness between our actions on land and life in streams. Rock Pack promotes interdisciplinary watershed education by allowing students to conduct and design their own experiments and apply their knowledge to protect local watersheds. Register by Aug. 13
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