Montana State University’s Extended University and the MSU Library’s annual Tribal College Librarians Institute (TCLI) have been selected for Explore Science, an educational outreach program created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, or NISENet.
MSU will receive a kit of STEM outreach activities (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) that will be shared with two Montana tribal college libraries, Aaniiih Nakoda College Library in Harlem, Mont., and Stone Child College Library in Box Elder, Mont. The libraries will also receive training resources for using the kits, materials for hosting their own science outreach event and support from MSU and NISENet to help library visitors learn about nanoscale science and engineering in a fun and interactive way.
The goal of the Explore Science program is to strengthen collaborations between universities and community partners in order to introduce youth and adults to exciting developments in science and engineering, to help kids learn about STEM careers and to connect rural communities with researchers and projects at MSU.
The two tribal college libraries that pilot test the program will present about their experiences at the Tribal College Librarians Institute held on the MSU campus in June. MSU will then work with other tribal college libraries that are interested in hosting the program.
Contact: Suzi Taylor, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-7957, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Mary Anne Hansen, MSU Library, (406) 994-3162, email@example.com