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Get Your 3D On! Preparing for MT Science Assessment

The 2020 science assessment field test for grades 5 and 8 is this spring. This science assessment measures the three-dimensions of the Montana science standards.  Familiarize yourself with these components in these free facilitated online courses that work with you.

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6-12 Teacher Research Opportunity

MSU Bozeman & West Region Transportation workforce are offering a 3-credit research course for educators. Applications are open until February 7, 2020. Research Experience for CTE, Science, post-secondary and 6-12 Teachers in Innovative Transportation takes place from June 22 - July 31 at MSU Bozeman, (opportunity includes a $6,000.00 stipend and all travel expenses are reimbursed).  Learn more at Innovative Transportation Systems and complete your application soon! 

STEM Teaching Tools Field Notes

How can your science instruction leverage and develop students' interests?  This STEMteachingtools resource is designed to help educators build on student interests by creating experiences, adapting curriculum, and resourcing learners.

Climate Change in Montana: Resource Articles

A message from Martha Kohl of the Montana Historical Society,

"I've shared about resources relating to Montana and climate change in the past. Lately several new articles have come across my screen on the subject, so I thought I'd share them with you. 

Living with fire has always been part of the Montana experience and will become even more of an issue with climate change. Here are two articles on the topic:

I think it is important not just to look at the effects of climate change, but also to look at potential policy responses. (We don't want to make kids feel hopeless.) Here's one debate that's happening now:

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High School Sophomores Needed!

Western Aerospace Scholar program sign up is underway.  HS sophomores take the first phase of this program, an online course over a couple of months, and after passing this course they experience phase two, which is a three-day camp at the Montana Learning Center on Canyon Ferry Lake.  Students explore engineering programs, talk with and tour the Boeing facility, and join a team to get to Mars!  Do not miss this fabulous opportunity.  

Teachers/Counselors for Summer Camps Needed

Camp staff positions are open to Certified Teachers, Outdoor Educators, and college students.  The Montana Learning Center (MLC) offers competitive pay, room and board at the MLC, and up to 80 OPI Renewal units.  Applications are being accepted now, and if you'd like more information, please visit the MLC website



NASA Science Space Place

Explore Earth and Space with classroom curricular materials from NASA.  NASA has the data, and you can combine that with the Inquiry in NASA Hub Course to challenge your students to be scientists!

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.  

The OPI is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, require an alternate format, or have questions concerning accessibility, contact the OPI ADA Coordinator, 406-444-3161,, TTY 406-444-0235.