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STEM News Splash

The Science Power of Soap!

Soap on COVID

This pandemic can give a feeling of powerlessness for students and for adults.  This video, "Fighting Coronavirus with Soap" sponsored by the PDB offers learning for older students about Lipids, and also show the science behind how soap can help.  We have the power to help ourselves!


NASA Kits for Native Populations: Remote Learning Training for Teachers and Equipment for Students

For Teachers of Grades 3-12:

Learn how to teach kids to use drones and robots to mimic current and future NASA missions to study asteroids.

*Receive all equipment needed to participate for free (worth up to $500). - Topics support NGSS - Learn STEM activities to engage students during remote learning. - Earn teacher renewal units.


SESSION 1: Thursday, November 19, 2020, 4-5:30 pm

SESSION 2: Thursday, December 10, 2020, 4-5:30 pm

RSVP to Jamie Cornish

Sponsored by NASA Partners: Montana State University Academic & Technology and the Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake

Become a NOVA Science Studio Site Coordinator

NOVA Science Studio (NSS) Site Coordinator Application

NOVA is dedicated to better reflecting the true diversity in our society by creating a new pipeline for people and perspectives that have often been left out. The NOVA Science Studio is a new program aspiring to change the face of STEM by championing young diverse voices in science communication.

The NSS Site Coordinator will instruct and support six students via sessions that explore video production techniques, science communication, and storytelling. The program will begin with orientation programming in late November 2020 and curricular sessions beginning in January 2021 after the holiday season and concluding in May 2021. There is a time commitment of between 12-15 hours a month. NOVA Science Studio Site Coordinators will receive a $3,000 stipend for their participation in the program.

For more information, please visit Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Pilot Project Archaeology 7th & 8th Grade Curriculum!

This curriculum teaches students scientific inquiry and archaeological concepts including observation, inference, context, and spatial reasoning through exciting mapping technology. Students will apply these concepts and develop these skills through analysis of authentic mapping data with ArcGIS technology. Students will read primary sources from Northern Arapaho descendent community members, a family journal chronicling their travels along the Overland Trail, and an archaeologist. Students will also use digital maps to learn about the geography and history of the western United States, track the travel of the migrant family, and analyze maps that express the Northern Arapaho peoples’ movement through time. Students then apply their new knowledge and skills to their own lives, making it relevant to their selves and their community. This curriculum has a custom-created mapping component that uses real data points in ArcGIS technology so students can interact with modern technology in the classroom.

A $400 stipend is offered. This curriculum can be taught while adhering to social distancing guidelines and can definitely be easily piloted and taught through remote learning. 

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Hodge at work 406-994-7582 or cell 812-568-6822, or email .

Exploravision Competition

ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. K-12 students imagine what the world might look in 20 years through a combination of STEM concepts, project-based learning, and critical thinking, all while incorporating NGSS standards. 

Imagining the future! Find out about entry deadlines, prizes and other tips. 

Example Lessons/Units Available in Science

The following Teacher Learning Hub Courses include sample lessons:

What would you like to see developed?  Contact Michelle McCarthy with your requests.


Learn Where You Live Scientist Series: From Field to Classroom renewal unit options extended. 

Learn Where You Live Scientist Series, renewal unit options have been extended.  If you were unable to attend the actual Zoom meetings, the recordings have been uploaded for you to view, as well as, scientist videos in the field, research, and other resources.  If you would be interested in experiencing this wonderful opportunity, and would like to implement it into your classroom, please contact Michelle McCarthy and register to receive renewal units. 

Gallatin River in Montana

If you are able to complete the first two pages of the slide deck by the end of November, 2020, and you'd like to implement this into your classroom, you will have until the end of February 2021 to complete the slide deck with that work.

NSTA Events and Opportunities

From the Field: Events and Opportunities

Articles & News

Calendar of Events & Opportunities

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


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