Montana Science Summer Institute for Educators
Aug. 9 - 11, 2021 (Virtual Conference)

 Science Math Resource Center  and School Services of Montana hosted the annual science professional learning event designed for Montana K-12 teachers on Aug. 9-11, 2021. The three-day virtual conference provided high-quality professional learning focused on the advancement of science, STEM, and technology integration in Montana and surrounding states. 

The conference included a range of learning opportunities with ideas and resources to boost instruction in STEM. Highlights included:

  • 2 Keynote Presentations:
      • Jason Baldes, Ecologist and MSU Alumnus - “Finding Your Buffalo: Culture, Change, and Curriculum”
      • Kyle Calderwood, Technology Coordinator - “Failure IS an Option”


  • 2 Panel Discussions: Multiple perspectives and ideas for connecting teaching and learning to real world applications in STEM fields 
      • “Research in Action” Panel featuring MSU researchers from several fields [Watch the recording]
  • Jason Baldes, Ecologist, Eastern Shoshone Tribe
  • David Mogk, Professor of Geology and Asst. Director ICAL, MSU Dept Earth Sciences and ICAL/Montana State University
  • Lindsey Albertson, Associate Professor, Ecology, Montana State University
  • Eric Sproles, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, Montana State University
  • Madison Myers, Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences, Montana State University
  • Rob Walker, Professor (Chemistry and Biochemistry)/MSU EPSCoR Lead PI, Montana State University
      • Computer Science Integration” Panel featuring MSU computer science faculty, K-12 teachers and industry representatives


  • Breakout Sessions:  Over 20 breakout sessions led by teachers and other content experts.  
  • Resources Round-up: An overview by sponsors who shared their area of expertise, resources, or ideas to enhance STEM teaching & learning. Watch the recordings:
  • “Lunch & Learn” Roundtable Discussions: 30-minute, participant-led discussions to share ideas, resources, strategies, and to network with educators from around the region.   
  • Interactive Event Website:  An interactive event website to help navigate the schedule and options, session information, and connect with other attendees. SSI 2021
  • 16 OPI renewal units!

See the 2021 archived conference website here