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Teachers: Tell us what you need and win a prize!

Deadline June 10, 2024

Montana K-12 teachers of all subjects and grade levels: We are here to support you, but we need to know: what do you need in terms of professional development, classroom equipment and other resources that will help you and your students?

Now through June 10 -- answer our online survey and you can be in a drawing for one of:

  • Four $100 Amazon gift cards
  • Twenty $25 Amazon gift cards

That's a lot of prizes! Think of all the great stuff you could buy. And more importantly, you are helping to shape the future of how we can support you as teachers. This survey is designed to gather actionable data about your professional learning needs, preferences, and barriers. Thanks!

Take the Educator Needs Assessment survey here

Summer math camp now open for registration

A student taking a math quizSummer Math Camp will be hosted June 17-20 for students entering 6-9th grade in Fall 2024  

The Science Math Resource Center offers an in-person day camp on the MSU campus with mathematics and problem-solving sessions, university lab tours, and engaging STEM activities. Students entering 6th through 9th grade in Fall 2024, with a love for advanced mathematical concepts are encouraged to enroll.   

New this year! Montana families traveling from outside the Bozeman area to attend camp are welcome to use MSU’s summer housing, an affordable option to Bozeman’s summer housing challenge. 

Registration Now Open

STEM Summer Institute is Aug. 5-7 at MSU

STEM Summer InstituteEducators, plan to join us on the MSU campus this summer for the sixth annual STEM Summer Institute featuring keynote speakers Paul Andersen of Bozeman Science and Ann Marie Reinhold of MSU.This event features compelling workshops and breakout sessions, shared meals and networking, exhibitor booths with lots of freebies and inspiring speakers.

The STEM Summer Institute is hosted by the MSU Science Math Resource Center, School Services of Montana and many partner organizations.

Congratulations, Science Olympiad 2024 winners

The Science Olympiad state tournament was hosted Friday, April 19 at MSU. Congratulations to the following teams:

Division B
(Middle School)

Division B
Small Schools

Division C
(High School)

Division C
Small Schools

  • 1st place: Corvallis Middle School
  • 2nd place: CR Anderson Middle School (Helena)
  • 3rd place: Hamilton Middle School
  • 1st place: Choteau Middle School
  • 2nd place: HACHE (Helena)
  • 3rd place: Ennis Middle School
  • 1st place: Hamilton High School
  • 2nd place: Gallatin High School (Bozeman)
  • 3rd place: Corvallis High School
  • 1st place: Choteau High School
  • 2nd place: Ennis High School
  • 3rd place: Chinook High School

MSU receives $26.7 million grant for quantum technology;
SMRC will support education and workforce development

quantum 2D materialsWith a new $26.7 million grant from the U.S. Air Force, Montana State University will establish a facility with the mission of moving advanced quantum technology applications in cybersecurity, communications technology and national defense from concept and testing to market. The 20-month grant from the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York, will support MSU’s Applied Quantum CORE facility.

The Science Math Resource Center will oversee education and workforce development, including creating programs that help youth, educators and community members learn more about quantum concepts and the quantum industry; and working with higher education institutions and industry to establish and promote career pathways and internships while exploring new training and educational programs at all levels. Read the MSU news story here.