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Art Contest K-8

Now - Dec 1: Why Does the Bear Cross the Road?  is a K-8 opportunity offered for its second year with Sinopah Wildlife Research Associates, Inspired Classroom, and the Yellowstone to Yukon Foundation. Details on the contest and the registration forms are available though the Inspired Classroom website.

STEM Curriculum: grades 6-9, students observe and record Montana wildlife

A four to six week program, approximately an hour a week, students use actual trail camera data to learn valuable wildlife and ecological concepts aligned with NGSS.  Contact Luke at, or call 406-472-3311 to get your students involved.  The opportunity to sign up closes November 22, 2019.

NASA's Eyes on Extreme Weather: data and resources 

Global temperature anomalies from 1880 to 2018 is just one phenomena for students to explore in this portion of Teachable Moments  from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.  Students compare the data themselves to make an evidence based claim!

Grade 5 Unit has Earned the NGSS Design Badge

Garbage Unit, was created by the Science and Integrated Language (SAIL) team at New York University.  This unit focuses on the idea that the school, home, and neighborhood make large amounts of garbage every day - was developed with a specific focus on English Learners by using an engaging, local phenomenon and design.

Montana Public Lands Field Trip Travel Grants for Fourth Graders from the National Park Foundation

The goal of the program, Open OutDoors for Kids, is to have an ongoing, yearly commitment to bring fourth graders to their public lands and waters. Students can collect data, measure water quality, take notes in their science journals, and observe the world around them!

2020 National Energy Conference for Educators

Apply to attend the NEED conference on July 19-23 in Albuquerque, NM., scholarships are available.  The conference materials apply to all grade levels.

Calendar of Events & Opportunities


Keep updated with new opportunities, professional development, and science resources at the Montana OPI's Science Page.  

This message was sent by Michelle McCarthy, Science Instructional Coordinator.  You can reach Michelle by email at or by calling (406) 444-3537.  

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