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STEM News Splash

There will be no July STEM News Splash - see you in August!

Summer PD at No Cost!

Superfund PBL PD for Teachers

EPA Grant Flyer

June 21-25, 2021, at Montana Tech, Free Professional Development

ATTN: Teachers, grades 5-12, in or near a superfund affected community, (such as Anaconda, Basin, Billings, Black Eagle, Bozeman, Butte, Columbus, East Helena, Helena, Libby, Livingston, Missoula, Monarch, Neihart, Somers, Superior)

The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program is excited to offer an opportunity for teachers to collaborate with environmental scientists and educators. You’ll learn best practices for engaging students in authentic research and community outreach within the nation’s largest superfund complex. In this program, you will create a community outreach project tailored to the needs of your own superfund affected community. You’ll learn the CFWEP model of place-based science education and effective environmental communication. You’ll also learn grant writing skills and ways to uniquely engage your students in authentic scientific research related to environmental issues.

After the initial academy, you’ll participate in a facilitated online course (eligible for graduate level CE credits). During this course, you will be mentored in creating a community event that facilitates environmental stewardship and literacy. You’ll also get the opportunity
to apply for a grant worth at least $500 for your classroom.
Learn more and sign up through the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program Site.

Summer PD for Science

3D Poster

Plan your professional development for the summer. 

To accommodate a deeper understanding in the Next Generation K-12 Framework aligned Montana Science Standards, these highly rated facilitated online courses are made available back-to-back for the summer sessions.  If you are interested in attending both of these courses, please complete this interest form.

If you would like one or more of the free 3D Posters shown above, please contact Michelle McCarthy at


In the second episode of Sciencing Out, host Reyhaneh Maktoufi introduces us to 18th century Englishwoman Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and modern-day wildlife conservationist Paula Kahumbu. By dedicating time to build public trust, both Montagu and Kahumbu made major positive changes in their communities.

MSU Partners Offer Free Place-Based Science Exploration Kits

Kits created to inspire place-based science exploration are available for free to regional youth-serving organizations this summer thanks to a research and outreach collaboration between MSU, the University of South Dakota and the University of Wyoming. Learn more about Land Use Explorers.

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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