Sci-Tech SummitProfessional development conference for K-12 educators

Important Conference Update:

After much consideration, our planning team at School Services of Montana and the MSU Science Math Resource Center have decided to cancel the upcoming Sci-Tech Summit virtual conference scheduled for Aug. 12-14, 2020. We heard the concerns of educators right now: The timing of the conference coincides with the need to take care of themselves while also focusing on and preparing for the upcoming school year.


We are currently working on considerations for a new date and will keep you informed. We are also working on some select, complimentary professional learning webinar offerings to support teachers on August 13, 2020, to spark some ideas and share some resources for the new year.  Stay tuned! 

In the meantime, please complete this brief Sci-Tech Summit 2020 Survey  to share your thinking about dates and conference plans.  Thank you for your understanding and for sharing this message with others that may need to be informed of this change. Please note that we will be issuing you a refund for your sponsorship.  We so appreciate your commitment to supporting teachers in Montana.  We look forward to connecting again soon to discuss with you our revised plans. 

Sci-Tech Summit: August 12-14, 2020

The annual Montana Sci-Tech Summit (formerly called the Science Summer Institute) provides high-quality STEM professional development and networking for K-12 educators and administrators and is Montana’s largest science and technology professional learning opportunity. 

The event is co-hosted by the MSU Science and Math Resource Center (Department of Education) and School Services of Montana (a Bozeman-based non-profit serving schools statewide) with the goal of connecting educators with: exemplary practices from fellow teachers; new developments and policies in education; insights from nationally known keynote speakers; and updates on cutting-edge research from Montana State University.

Themes are chosen to represent current issues in STEM education, such as “Classrooms to Careers,” which focused on the STEM pipeline; and “Full STEAM Ahead,” with sessions integrating the Arts with STEM.

The event typically serves 150 educators from across the state, representing all grade levels and subjects. The conference offers both OPI renewal units for educators and the opportunity to earn non-degree continuing education graduate credit from Montana State University. Educators from non-formal STEM settings such as museums, environmental education associations and youth-serving organizations are encouraged to attend, as are MSU pre-service teachers (students majoring in education).

Workshops have covered the gamut of STEM content including biomimicry, citizen science, watersheds, and Makerspaces to important pegagogical topics such as Indian Education for All; diversity, equity and inclusion; assessment; and dual enrollment.

Through the Sci-Tech Summit, the Science Math Resource Center strives to connect participating educators with MSU’s research enterprise through its “MSU Research in Action” program, which includes panel discussions, workshops hosted by MSU faculty, and behind-the-scenes tours of MSU’s labs and studios. The goal of the program is to connect Montana’s K-12 education community with the depth and breadth of MSU research and creative activities while offering an opportunity for MSU researchers to communicate the broader impacts of their work.