Through the College of Education, Health and Human Development, MSU trains teachers for elementary and secondary classrooms, helps soldiers and other professionals become teachers, and partners with leaders on Native American reservations to develop ways to promote healthy life styles and improve education for children and adults.
Engaging K-12 Students
MSU is home to numerous programs that promote/provide effective teaching methods, healthy lifestyles, hands-on learning and exciting curriculum for K-12 students. Much of MSU’s research has been adapted to grade appropriate curriculum that introduces students to scientific or mathematical concepts in innovative ways.
Exposing Students to College
Through hosting events on campus and providing class tours at the Museum of the Rockies, MSU helps to bridge the gap between K-12 classrooms and college. A variety of programs invite students to campus for tours, camps or lectures that enrich their educational experience and introduce kids to the idea of higher education.
Alternative fuels documentary, Energy’s Future
Montana EPSCoR and a student in MSU’s Science & Natural History Film-making program have created a documentary film called “Energy’s Future” about the quest for alternative fuels. The documentary profiles cutting-edge research undertaken by three MSU students, and is also intended to encourage younger students to consider going to college. The documentary film is available at http://hydrogen.montana.edu/video.html or http://www.energysfuturethemovie.com Free DVDs are available for teachers or guidance counselors. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
America Reads*America Counts
Since the inception of the America Reads*America Counts program in the Bozeman area
community, more than 500 college student work-study and volunteer tutors have served
more than 2,000 children in area schools who were struggling with either math or literacy
skills. Today the MSU America Reads*America Counts program's mission is to work with
and support area children to achieve and succeed academically.
More information: http://www.montana.edu/community/programs/arac/index.html
One of the largest outreach events in the Gallatin Valley, Astronomy Day is held at the Museum of the Rockies and attracts up to 2,000 children, adults and teachers to learn about space science. Presenters have included astronaut and native Montana Loren Acton, and exhibitors have included MSU’s Solar Dynamics Observatory group and astrobiology research team alongside community and industry partners such as the Southwest Montana Astronomy Society. http://eu.montana.edu/AstronomyDay/
Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership
The Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership (BSCSP) at MSU is one of the U.S. Department
of Energy's seven regional carbon sequestration partnerships. The partnerships engage
key stakeholders to create a nationwide network that will help determine the best
approaches for capturing and permanently storing greenhouse gases that contribute
to climate change. As part of its outreach efforts, the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration
Partnership develops educational outreach programs and produces other educational
materials. It also provides educational workshops and training.
More information: http://www.bigskyco2.org/research/outreach
Big Sky Science Partnership
The Big Sky Science Partnership aims to improve science education on and near American Indian reservations in Montana. The program is a collaboration of Montana State University, the University of Montana and Salish-Kootenai College, the lead collaborator. It trains science teachers on or near reservations in the state and is funded by a five-year, $4.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation. http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=9092
Bridges and Dams
The Bridges and Dams outreach program is devoted to demonstrating engineering principles
to elementary school students. With funding from the Engineering Information Foundation,
the Western Transportation Institute at MSU has implemented an outreach program aimed
at increased recruitment and retention of women and minorities in engineering. The
Bridges and Dams outreach program is a collaborative effort between WTI and the MSU
Civil Engineering department. The two recruit and train female engineering students
to conduct two-hour workshops for second and third graders. The workshops cover basic
engineering concepts and incorporate a variety of hands-on activities designed to
increase children’s interest in math, science and engineering. Local girls’ clubs,
as well as Native American schools in more remote tribal regions across Montana, are
invited to participate. As part of the program, WTI also partners with the MSU Engineers
Without Borders student chapter organization to conduct two-hour workshops in elementary
school classrooms. The workshops demonstrate engineering principles through hands-on
exploration. EWB facilitators also share information about on-going projects at a
school in Kenya.
More information: http://www.wti.montana.edu/education/k12outreach/
BTC Studio 1080
Studio 1080 is a public interactive multimedia center on the MSU campus. Visiting students, teachers and community members can play with a Google Earth larger than your head, manipulate objects with the wave of your hand, and view touch-screen exhibits created by MSU students and staff. Open during MSU business hours in the atrium of the EPS building. http://eu.montana.edu/Studio1080
Gallatin College Programs is participating in the Perkins Grant funded Big Sky Pathways with area High Schools. This program offers a sequence of courses based on a student’s personal interests and career goals. This sequence of recommended courses begins in high school and continues with a related two year college degree. http://mus.edu/wd/default.asp
Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials
Faculty members from the Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials (CBIN) have developed a hands-on activity suitable for middle school students that demonstrates the structure and properties of viruses. The activity includes information on viruses as well as examples of CBIN research. More information: http://cbin.montana.edu
Center for Educational Resources (CERES) Project
Through funding from NASA, faculty at Montana State University and classroom teachers
from across the nation have developed an extensive library of on-line and interactive
K-12 science education materials for teaching astronomy. These classroom-ready activities
for K-12 students represent a robust combination of contemporary teaching/learning
strategies from the National Science Education standards, exciting and current NASA
science data, and Internet pointers to an endless supply of accurate and timely resources.
More information: http://btc.montana.edu/ceres/html/EdActivities.html
Center for Teaching and Learning in the West
The Center for Teaching and Learning in the West is a consortium of five universities
collaborating with tribal colleges and public school systems in Montana, Colorado
and Oregon. The center brings the varied expertise of scientists, mathematicians and
educators to address current challenges in understanding and improving student learning
and achievement in science and mathematics from middle school through college. Work
includes fundamental research and related activities focused on serving high-needs
populations in urban and rural settings. The Center supports an interdisciplinary
research agenda, a doctoral graduate curriculum, in-service professional development
and pre-service teacher preparation. Much of it is delivered through distance technology.
More information: http://www.cltw.org/project_overview.htm
Children's Summer Sports Camp
At the Children's Summer Sports Camp, kids ages 5-11 receive appropriate developmental
instruction in a variety of movement and sports-related skills and activities, including
swimming, basketball, gymnastics and soccer.
More information: http://eu.montana.edu/ContinuingEd/youth/
Collaborative After School Partnership
The Department of Education at Montana State University (MSU) is working with School Districts (Bozeman, Monforton, Gateway, Anderson, LaMotte, and more) and local organizations in the Gallatin Valley (Greater Gallatin United Way, Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS), Gallatin County 4-H, Children’s Museum of Bozeman, Boys and Girls Club) to form a collaborative after school partnership for K-12 students living in Bozeman and the surrounding area. This partnership would assist all partner schools and organizations by providing K-12 students with enrichment, homework help, and tutoring in all content areas. Pre-service teachers (PTs) enrolled at MSU would provide these services and help to support the academic achievement of K-12 students in the Gallatin Valley.
College Quest brings middle school students to the MSU campus for a day of hands-on activities to encourage them to begin thinking about college. http://www.montana.edu/ehhd/html/EHHD%20collegenews/may%202010%20-newsletter%20web.pdf
Gallatin College Dual Enrollment
Through Gallatin College at MSU local students have the opportunity to earn college credit while they are in high school. The purpose of dual enrollment is to broaden the range of coursework available to high school students, support students’ academic engagement and college-going focus, and strengthen relationships and resource-sharing between MSU and local high schools. http://gallatin.montana.edu/
Early Childhood Education Distance Partnership
ECEDP is a distance-learning program that helps Head Start teachers and early childhood
educators in tribal communities throughout Montana complete bachelor's degrees from
MSU in early childhood education. Online courses enable ECEDP students to live and
work in their home communities while connecting with other Head Start teachers throughout
reservations in Montana. The program was developed through MSU's College of Education,
Health and Human Development.
More information: http://www.montana.edu/ecedp/
Educational Leadership Program
MSU's Department of Education and the Montana Rural Education Association have partnered
to offer a new graduate program in educational leadership for prospective principals
and superintendents. The program, designed specifically for rural educators, focuses
on issues and challenges unique to leaders in rural schools. The Program is a nationally
accredited graduate education cohort program for school leaders seeking a master's
degree in elementary and secondary leadership (principals); in district office leadership
(superintendency); a doctorate in elementary, secondary, and district office leadership;
and an Educational Specialist in elementary and secondary leadership.
More information: http://www.montana.edu/wwweduc/edleadership/
2009 MSU News story: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=6937
Educational Leadership Program Rural Cohort
In partnership with the Montana Rural Education Association (MREA), the Educational Leadership program has formed a new rural education cohort specifically for rural educators (predominately Class C school districts) to train them to become principals and superintendents in rural Montana schools. http://www.montana.edu/ehhd/educ/edleadership/index.shtml
Hundreds of area sixth graders visit the MSU campus each year for “Engineerathon,”
an event held to celebrate National Engineering Week. The middle school students learn
about different engineering disciplines as they rotate between hands-on engineering
booths developed and facilitated by MSU College of Engineering student chapter organizations.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) demonstrates the importance of crash
attenuators using a ramp, a toy truck, and a crash-test egg. Other engineering activities
include a demonstration of gear ratios in auto and bike design by the Society of Automotive
Engineers (SAE) student chapter; a demonstration of how tension and compression act
together in loaded bridge beams by Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering student honor
society; and an oil pipeline project facilitated by the American Indian Science and
Engineering (AISES) student chapter. In all, more than 50 MSU engineering students
from a variety of different student chapters participate in the event.
More information: http://www.wti.montana.edu/education/outreach.aspx
High school students interested in business, specifically entrepreneurship, are invited to the MSU campus each year to participate in Entrepreneur Day. The students participate in a small business building workshop in the morning. Afterwards students “persuade” the audience to buy into their idea by giving PowerPoint presentations or “elevator speeches.” After lunch students listen to entrepreneurs’ keynote and panel presentations. They also interact with current College of Business entrepreneur students and faculty.
Expanding Your Horizons
Expanding Your Horizons is an annual conference for girls in grades 6-8 that introduces
them to careers in science and math. The girls attend one-hour sessions throughout
the day and conduct hands-on activities with MSU faculty, graduate students and community
professionals. Sessions range from lego robotics to financial education to archaeology
and civil engineering. Expanding Your Horizons generally serves about 200 girls per
year from all over the state.
More information: http://eu.montana.edu/ContinuingEd/youth/
Extended University courses and programs
Through Montana State University’s Extended University, the university offers a number
of different courses, programs and activities for children and youth each year.
To see a list of Extended University’s online courses, visit: http://btc.montana.edu/courses/aspx/online.aspx
More information: http://eu.montana.edu/outreach/
The Western Transportation Institute at MSU regularly participates in Gear Up (Gaining
Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). The program brings middle
school students from low-income backgrounds to MSU for a day to develop their academic
interests and aspirations. Gear Up visitors learn about highway safety issues and
participate in a number of activities, including building and testing their own crash
attenuators using a ramp, toy truck and eggs.
More information: http://www.wti.montana.edu/education/outreach.aspx
Indian Education for All
Under the director of education professor Jioanna Carjuzaa, Indian Education for All at MSU has built bridges between MSU, American Indian educators and cultural experts throughout Montana. IEFA at MSU has provided professional development opportunities for faculty and staff at MSU and gained special involvement by Native American students and faculty members from tribal colleges and schools across Montana. http://www.montana.edu/ehhd/educ/iefa/
The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program has an
established relationship with the American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO) program
at MSU, which focuses on engaging American Indian students, including high school
students. AIRO is dedicated to providing career opportunities for American Indian
students in fields which they are underrepresented, and supports several programs.
IGERT doctoral students co-mentor American Indian high-school students and give outreach
presentations in tribal communities.
Indian Leadership Education and Development Project
The Indian Leadership Education and Development (I LEAD) Project offers American Indian
teachers in Montana and the region an opportunity to earn a master's degree in school
administration without having to leave their jobs. The program aims to place 55 new
American Indian principals and superintendents in Montana by 2012. The program also
recently expanded to include South Dakota, North Dakota and Alaska. The program was
developed through MSU's College of Education, Health and Human Development.
More information: http://www.montana.edu/education/ilead/
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
MSU engineering students host area Girl Scouts to campus to commemorate “Introduce
a Girl to Engineering Day.” The event is held as part of National Engineering Week,
and Girl Scouts earn their “Making it Matter” engineering badge by exploring different
engineering concepts with the MSU students. Badge Day is organized and sponsored by
the Western Transportation Institute in cooperation with the MSU College of Engineering.
More information: http://www.wti.montana.edu/education/outreach.aspx
Lewis & Clark Troops to Teachers
The Lewis & Clark Troops to Teachers office is a regional resource center that assists qualified military personnel with making the transition from the armed services to service in public school classrooms by providing counseling and/or financial benefits in a six-state region. http://www.montana.edu/ttt/
Two Campus Corps volunteers at MSU serve as mentors to mathematics students in the
Bozeman Public School District. The district has identified about 250 underperforming
elementary and middle school students who need academic support through mentoring.
Mobile Greenhouse Program coordinator
A Campus Corp volunteer at MSU serves as the Mobile Greenhouse Program Coordinator,
part of a non-profit organization, Bozeman Youth Initiative. The BYI Mobile Greenhouse
is a fully functional “greenhouse on wheels” made from a converted school bus. It
is used as a traveling educational exhibit, with high school and college-age students
hosting workshops for elementary school students about greenhouse design, plant life
and natural cycles, seeds, germination, transplants, growth, harvesting, soil versus
hydroponic growing methods, recycling, solar energy, compost generation and management,
bio-fuels, rainwater entrapment, sustainability and more.
More information: http://www.montana.edu/community/campuscorps/serviceteam/mobilegreenhouse/index.html
Montana 4-H, the youth development program of MSU Extension, reaches nearly 23,000
Montana kids. 4-H clubs, camps, school enrichment programs and special interest activities
immerse kids ages 6 through 18 in challenging and rewarding experiences that teach
them valuable life skills like leadership, citizenship and decision-making. In rural
Montana and urban areas alike, 4-H youth connect with a community of peers and caring
adults while discovering the limitless possibilities of their own potential. Montana
4-H offers a variety of programs, from ones in engineering and technology to family
and consumer sciences to communication and expressive arts.
More information: Youth Development or http://montana4h.org/
Montana AHEC K-12 Program Plan
The Montana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) partners with Montana Health Occupations
Students of America (HOSA) and regional centers to expand programs to reach students
in the K-12 system. Activities include co-sponsoring the annual HOSA conference and
a summer teacher training institute, promoting the use of the National Health Science
Technology Education standards in health occupations programs, and generating interest
in HOSA membership in schools across the state.
More information: http://healthinfo.montana.edu/k12.html
Montana Apprenticeship Program (MAP)
The Montana Apprenticeship Program aims to increase the number of Native American
and disadvantaged high school students who would like to pursue careers in science,
technology, engineering and math career fields. MAP offers a six-week, hands-on summer
research experience for both students and teachers under the direction of active science
research mentors at Montana State University. It also offers opportunities for K-12
teachers of disadvantaged students to strengthen their teaching skills. MAP is part
of the American Indian Research Opportunities program at MSU and has been bringing
Native American and minority students to campus for more than 20 years.
More information: http://www.montana.edu/airo/map/
2008 MSU News story: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=6032
Montana NSF EPSCoR multimedia Web site and educators guide
Montana EPSCoR hosts a multimedia Web site that is used to teach about hydrogen as an alternative fuel, and specifically the research being conducted in Montana to address alternative fuel issues. Its content includes faculty and student profiles, audio slideshows, animations, maps and interactive applications. The Web site is http://hydrogen.montana.edu/. An educator’s guide to using the Web site is free for download at http://hydrogen.montana.edu/download.html Hard copies are available to teachers and informal science educators. Contact email@example.com Multimedia files of EPSCoR projects are also available on a special YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/MontanaEPSCoR
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit
organization that designs robotics competitions for elementary through high school
students across Montana. FIRST holds three annual competitions: the FIRST Tech Challenge
(FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for high school students and the FIRST
LEGO League (FLL) for students in grades 4 through 8. FIRST programs challenge student
teams and their mentors to solve complex problems in a limited timeframe using a standard
“kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts or LEGO
bricks and enter them in competitions. Montana FIRST is sponsored in part by the MSU
College of Engineering.
More information: http://www.coe.montana.edu/FIRST/index.html or http://www.usfirst.org/
Montana HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) is a program designed to expose
high school and college-aged students to medicine and involve them in the community
while honing their passions in health careers. HOSA also encourages students to serve
their communities, both now and in the future, to improve the quality of healthcare
in Montana. Because of the rural nature of the Montana healthcare system, HOSA works
closely with the statewide AHEC (Area Health Education Center) system.
More information: www.montanahosa.org
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, a statewide manufacturing outreach and
assistance center, periodically hosts high school industrial education class tours
to manufacturing facilities that demonstrate advanced manufacturing techniques and
innovative products. MMEC has also presented a lean manufacturing workshop to industrial
education instructors and to participants of a girls manufacturing institute for students
in grades 6-8.
More information: http://www.mtmanufacturingcenter.com/
Montana Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MMSTI)
MMSTI is a state-wide initiative, which involved a two-year examination of the quality, quantity and professional learning needs of Montana’s science teachers. MMSTI has brought the state’s leaders in K-20 education together to examine the quality, quantity and diversity of this teaching force. Five state university system campuses have been represented at meetings by their Presidents, Provosts, Deans of Education as well as Letters and Sciences, and representative department heads and faculty in the sciences, mathematics and education. Teams from Salish-Kootenai College and several small private campuses offering secondary science and math teacher preparation have attended, too. Also involved are the State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Chairperson of the Board of Public Education; Executive Director of the Montana School Board Association; Board Members of the Montana Science Teachers Association and Montana Council of Teacher of Mathematics; and the Executive Director of the Montana Education Association/Montana Federation of Teachers. In May 2010, MMSTI created a task force to begin redesigning learning opportunities for future and practicing secondary science teachers in Montana. http://www.aplu.org/NetCommunity/Document.Doc?id=2545
Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program (MT NAPA)
The Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases (NAPA) works to fight obesity throughout the state. The program partners with entities such as schools, day care centers and workplaces to promote healthy environments. It is funded by a more than $4 million grant that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded to MSU's Department of Health and Human Development.
Montana Safe Routes to Schools
The Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program is a national initiative to increase the number of children who walk or bike to school and to create safer environments surrounding schools. The SRTS programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children. The programs examine conditions around schools and conduct projects and activities that improve safety and reduce traffic and air pollution in these areas. As a result, these programs make biking and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation choice, thus encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age. More specifically, the Montana Safe Routes to School state program distributes $1 million per year to competitively selected individual community level programs to help with infrastructure projects such sidewalks, traffic calming, speed reduction and crossing improvements, as well as education and outreach efforts. WTI staff is implementing and coordinating the SRTS program in Montana, on behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation. http://www.westerntransportationinstitute.org/research/4W2903.aspx
Montana Shakespeare in the Schools (SIS)
Montana Shakespeare in the Schools (SIS), an educational outreach program of Montana
State University, provides high school and middle school students with a live Shakespearean
production, a post-show “talk back” session with the actors and a variety of workshops
ranging from Stage Combat to Shakespearean Verse.
Montana Team Nutrition Program
The Montana Team Nutrition Program (MTN), an outreach program of Health and Human Development, works closely with K-12 schools to create healthier schools by implementing best practices like expanding breakfast programs, healthy menu planning, meal service and training for school personnel, Recess before Lunch, Farm to School, and nutrition education. Recess before Lunch, which allows students to play before eating, is an effective practice that leads to healthier food consumption, decreased food waste and improved student behavior. The use of RBL has increased yearly with 29 percent of Montana elementary schools currently implementing a RBL practice. http://opi.mt.gov/Programs/SchoolPrograms/School_Nutrition/index.html
Montana Watercourse is a statewide water education program that provides unbiased
information, education opportunities, resources, and tools to all water users to foster
stewardship of Montana's water resources. The Montana Watercourse offers tours, trunks,
workshops and professional development opportunities for K-12 educators, non-formal
educators, naturalists, troop leaders and any other water user.
More information: http://mtwatercourse.org/educators/
MSUSciZone is a monthly newspaper article distributed to 50,000 Montana kids and parents via Kidsville News. Each SciZone highlights science and research on campus, ranging from the Montana MULE robotic lander to nanoscience and chemistry. Each MSUSciZone is also posted online for download at http://eu.montana.edu/outreach SciZone is produced by Extended University, Montana EPSCoR and the Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center.
MSU Science Saturdays
MSU Science Saturdays is designed to provide kids aged 8-13 with hands-on science
and research activities. Science Saturdays participants enjoy experiments, learn about
exciting new projects and meet the scientists and MSU students who are shaping the
future in Montana. Each month features a new science topic. Kids who can't make it
to Science Saturdays can download free activity sheets and watch video links. Outreach
activities for kids, adults and teachers are also available. More than 900 children
from Bozeman, communities as far away as Helena, Stevensville and Glasgow, and the
Crow Indian Reservation have participated in Science Saturdays since MSU started offering
the program in the fall of 2008.
More information: http://eu.montana.edu/SciSat
2010 MSU News story: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=8411
Museum of the Rockies
A wide variety of outreach events and activities are offered through Montana State
University’s world-renowned Museum of the Rockies. Activities range from classes for
babies and toddlers to camps for teens. Examples include sensational babies classes,
which promote cognitive, physical and social development through a series of sensory
awareness activities, and summer camps focused on archaeology and space.
More information: http://www.museumoftherockies.org/
Nanoscience, the study of extremely small particles, is celebrated annually at MSU
as part of a nationwide outreach event designed to advance nanoscience education.
Hosted jointly by MSU’s Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials and Extended University,
NanoDays offers a variety of fun and free activities for children approximately age
8 and up. NanoDays sessions include presentations from MSU faculty and researchers
as well as family activities and hands-on demonstrations, including building your
own virus model, manipulating magnetic liquid and playing with a hydrogen fuel cell
More information: http://eu.montana.edu/nanodays/
NASA in the Northwest.
This pilot program brings the excitement of space science and research to rural libraries throughout Montana. With themes like aliens, astronauts, star viewing and the sun, events are designed to showcase some of the amazing NASA research happening in Montana. Year 1 pilot libraries included Whitehall, Glacier County (Cut Bank / Browning), Bitterroot (Hamilton) and Fort Belknap College (Harlem). http://eu.montana.edu/outreach/spacescience.htm
National Teachers Enhancement Network
The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) is one of the country's most-established
online professional development programs for K-12 teachers. Courses are designed to
help elementary, secondary and community college teachers develop a deeper understanding
of science concepts while interacting with and learning new techniques from other
teachers and researchers around the globe. Developed and managed by Extended University’s
Burns Technology Center, NTEN offers graduate-level online MSU courses for science
teachers. NTEN also offers curriculum materials and activities for teachers. It was
created with funding from the National Science Foundation.
More information: http://btc.montana.edu/courses/aspx/ntenhome.aspx
The Northern Plains Transition to Teaching (NPTT)
The NPTT program is designed to provide a compact, rigorous, and diverse system of preparation to move seasoned professionals with established records of excellence into a new career in the public school classroom as competent educators, prepared to meet the needs of all learners and to continue their own professional development throughout the course of their new career. http://www.montana.edu/nptt/
Peaks and Potentials
Peaks and Potentials is an annual, week-long program for high-potential Montana youth.
Now in its 27th successful summer, the experience is designed to give high-ability/high-potential
students in grades 5-7 the opportunity to explore special topics of interest and work
with experts in various subject areas. A recommendation from an appropriate school
official is required for the student's acceptance. Instructors are MSU faculty, graduate
students and experienced professionals from the area. University students and professionals
act as director and counselors throughout the week. Students have the option of staying
on campus or commuting each day. All classes emphasize personal instruction and small
group interaction as well as a "hands-on" approach. Academic, recreational and social
activities offer students a chance to interact with their peers and sample campus
life. The program serves 80 campers per year from all over Montana.
More information: http://eu.montana.edu/peaks/
Research Experience for Teachers Program
MSU’s Department of Physics hosts a Research Experience for Teachers Program that
consists of a 10-week paid summer research experience for high school or middle school
teachers in the lab of an MSU faculty member. The National Science Foundation funds
More information: http://www.physics.montana.edu/
The Olympiad was designed in 1985 to promote science education and recognize outstanding
junior high and high school science students. It also provides students with the opportunity
to travel and compete on a team that's not necessarily related to sports. At the Olympiad,
junior high and high school students from Montana schools compete for Olympic-style
medals and championship trophies. A main focus of the competition is to elevate science
education and learning to a level of enthusiasm and support that is normally reserved
only for varsity sports programs. The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic
interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events.
The Science Olympiad is hosted by MSU’s Math Science Resource Center.
More information: http://www.montana.edu/wwwmtso/
2008 MSU News story: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=6584
Shakespeare in the Schools
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks has been touring Montana, northern Wyoming and eastern
Idaho since 1973, with performances of free, professional outdoor theatre. An outreach
program of MSU, it is the only completely professional touring theatre program in
the state that produces Shakespeare’s plays, the only Shakespeare company in the country
to reach as extensively into rural areas, and the only company in the state that offers
its performances free to the public.
Montana Shakespeare in the Schools was initiated in 1993 as part of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks’ mission to provide an educational program to communities across Montana and Wyoming. After 17 years of playing high schools and middle schools, the program now offers educators a program designed specifically for elementary schools.
More information: http://www2.montana.edu/shakespeare/msis.html
SPOT stands for Space Public Outreach Team and is part of the Montana Space Grant
Consortium at MSU. Through SPOT, MSU students give free presentations about current
space missions to schools, youth programs and community groups around Montana. Interactive
SPOT presentations utilize slides, videos, animations and an inquisitive approach
to relay the excitement of new discoveries in space science. Participating teachers
receive lesson plans, activities, brochures and other materials they can use in their
More information: http://solar.physics.montana.edu/spot/
Statewide career and education events
The Western Transportation Institute at MSU participates in a number of outreach events
around the state to foster interest in transportation as a career opportunity and
to share information about education opportunities in transportation at MSU. Events
include a career fair for middle and high school girls as well as educational booths,
More information: www.wti.montana.edu
Summer Transportation Institute
The Western Transportation Institute at MSU hosts a Summer Transportation Institute
for high school students. Participants live on campus for the two-week program and
learn about the transportation field through field trips, guest speakers and hands-on
More information: www.wti.montana.edu
Summer Youth Orchestra Workshop
Summer Youth Orchestra Workshop is a string workshop for high-school students that
offer students the opportunity to participate in rehearsals under the leadership of
professional players. It also provides opportunities to develop better ensemble and
listening skills, perform for the public in a variety of settings, study and perform
string orchestra repertoire from the Baroque period through the 20th Century, perform
as soloists, and participate in group sessions and discussions on a variety of musical
More information: http://eu.montana.edu/ContinuingEd/youth/
Teacher Education Program
The Teacher Education Program partners with many K-12schools across Montana when placing MSU students in the field for student teaching. Locally, we are fortunate to have schools from Three Forks to Livingston, not only willing to place our students for an in-school experience, but to provide ongoing input to the effectiveness of our program. Each fall we welcome administrators and teachers from across the Gallatin, Madison and Park counties to the Annual Teacher Advisory Meeting to discuss issues which need to addressed both on campus and in the field.
Teach Montana Career Fair
Each year MSU hosts the “Teach Montana Career Fair” which invites School districts from across Montana come to campus for a two-day event to interview education students for teaching jobs in Montana schools. http://www.montana.edu/wwwcp/events/student_info/ed_fair_10.html
Teacher Resource Fair
This annual event connects K-12 teachers with helpful MSU resources such as lesson plans, DVDs, software, and classroom resources. The fair includes information for teachers of all grade levels and disciplines from archaeology to zoology. Participants also have the opportunity to see various demonstrations and learn about possibilities for guest speakers at their schools. http://eu.montana.edu/TRF
Teaching Engineering Applications in Math and Science (TEAMS) is an innovative program developed to enhance teaching of K-12 math and science in and around Montana's Native American communities.
“The Dirt on Soil Science”
“The Dirt on Soil Science,” a six-week online graduate course offered through MSU,
helps teachers engage kids in science through a substance with universal appeal: dirt.
The course offers one graduate credit and is designed for K-6 teachers and informal
youth educators, such as outreach professionals at science museums, children's museums
and zoos. Participants learn the basics of soil science and how to use hands-on activities
as a gateway to discuss larger environmental issues such as water quality and natural
resources. It also offers techniques that are immediately transferable to the classroom.
Participating teachers receive a kit filled with activities, materials and -- of course
More information: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=8131&pid=2
Thermal Biology Institute
The Thermal Biology Institute (TBI) delivers programs and lectures in classrooms,
guides field trips to Yellowstone National Park, and has developed a set of classroom
activities, Hot Science!, around the research of TBI scientists, who conduct research
about the diverse geothermal environments in Yellowstone. Hot Science! is an integrated
set of resources, lessons, and hands-on activities for middle school teachers that
target scientific concepts like scale, biodiversity and energy flow while focusing
on the unique thermal systems in Yellowstone. The materials contain biology, geology
and chemistry activities, and are tied to national standards.
More information: http://tbi.montana.edu
Women in Engineering Advisory Council
The student Women in Engineering Advisory Council collaborates with the Engineering
Ambassadors and the Society of Women Engineers to organize outreach events that are
designed to increase awareness and stimulate interest in engineering concepts and
professions. Among the events they sponsor are an Engineerathon for one Bozeman middle
school each year, an essay contest for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, a poster contest
for 4th and 5th graders, a Badge Day for Girl Scouts, a Women in Engineering dinner
for high school and college students, and a “Shadow an Engineer Day” for high school
More information: http://www.coe.montana.edu/