STEM Summit:Expanding STEM Learning Across the Big Sky
- Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
- Strand Union Building, Ballrooms - view map
A day long STEM Summit will bring together representatives from education, business, after school providers, government and the larger community to discuss how Montana can build a strong STEM eco-system across Big Sky country.
The summit takes place on August 8 from 8:30-4:30 at the Strand Union Building Ballrooms on the campus of Montana State University. Summit participants will explore ways to expand science, technology, engineering and math experiences outside the classroom and create a collaborative framework to build capacity for more high-quality STEM learning for Montana youth. The College of Education, Health and Human Development (EHHD) and the Montana Afterschool Alliance are co-hosting the event. The day consists of panel discussions with action tables, networking sessions, a hands-on demonstration with STARBASE Montana and key speakers, including conversations with MSU President Waded Cruzado, State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen, and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney. An optional one-hour TechBridge Role Models Matter workshop will be offered immediately following the close of the summit.
Jan Lombardi, a founding member of the Montana Afterschool Alliance, organized in 2014 with funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, said there are children in Montana that don’t have the opportunity or support to experience high quality after school or summer learning. Today’s youth need to be critical thinkers, and by building knowledge and skills outside of school, children are more college and career ready.
The goals of the summit include gaining an understanding of STEM priorities in Montana, bringing together partners in education, business, funders and after school providers, creating a collaborative framework to build capacity for more high-quality STEM learning outside the school day and working toward a plan that builds a sustainable, coordinated and long-lasting effort.
Allison Harmon, dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Development, said that the summit will be a critical gathering of individuals whose input is needed to identify state priorities and chart a course for expanding STEM education.
The summit is made possible by a planning grant from STEM Next, a national initiative housed at the University of San Diego designed to prepare more young people for careers in STEM fields. Numerous local and state sponsors include BlueCross BlueShield Montana, EPSCoR, Exxon Mobile, JML Strategy, Montana GEAR UP, Montana Girls STEM Collaborative, Montana Women's Foundation, Northwest Energy, STEM Next, Montana Education Partnership, Department of Commerce, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, Montana Afterschool Alliance and the College of EHHD. Facilitation/Emcee provided by Elation from Billings, Montana.
Participants must pre-register. There is no cost to attend.
To register for the summit, go to http://stemmontana.org/Home/Summit
- College of Education, Health and Human Development