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MSU project focused on strengthening science curriculum accepting applications from 4th-8th grade teachers

September 15, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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"Turning Eyes to the Big Sky," a project focused on strengthening science curriculum in local public elementary and middle schools, is accepting applications through Sept. 27 from area 4th through 8th grade teachers who would like to participate.

The project will provide training, materials and credits from the Montana Office of Public Instruction for 15 area teachers on the subjects of general astronomy, light and optics. Materials and telescope kits will be awarded to up to 25 students per classroom. The project is expected to educate up to 375 students in southwestern Montana.

Selected teachers must currently be teaching in grades 4 through 8 in Amsterdam-Churchill, Belgrade, Big Sky, Big Timber, Bozeman, Butte, Cardwell, Four Corners, Gallatin Gateway, Livingston, Manhattan, Three Forks or Whitehall.

Selected teachers are expected to attend an all-day development workshop on Oct. 16 and a star-party event to be held in conjunction with MSU's annual Astronomy Day in April 2011. Selected teachers must also commit to teaching a specified optics curriculum during the 2010/2011 school year, in addition to other requirements.

"Turning Eyes to the Big Sky" is a project of Montana State University and the Montana Space Grant Consortium. Funding has been provided by SPIE, NASA and MSU's Department of Education and Optical Technology Center.

To apply or for more information, contact Ryan Hannahoe at 994-4223 or

Ryan Hannahoe, (406) 994-4223 or Fax (406) 994-4452