Science Summer Institute
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!