Dates: June 25-30, 2017 Cost: Free Grades: 6-8 (Fall 2017) Location: Montana State University, Bozeman
Learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
MSU Explore: Earth & Space Science Camp is a five-day summer camp to encourage Montana middle school students to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math. The camp inspires students to consider science-related careers, encourages them to pursue a college education, and also gives them a taste of college life.
How to Apply
In order to attend MSU Explore: Earth & Space Science Camp, a student must be entering grades 6-8 in the fall of 2017. The student needs to fill out an application and choose two (2) adults to fill out a recommendation form.
Applications will be available in Spring 2017.
For More Information
Please direct questions to Nicole Soll at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-994-6633.
On October 21, the lot behind the Nespelem School will light up with a display of rocketry. “We can actually—safely with a lot of things going on—launch even some middle powered rockets, g-80 motors,” said Nespelem teacher Ralph Rise, speaking in Colville Business Council’s Education and Employment committee, yesterday.
A new program based at the University of Washington will bring together educational institutions, K-12 teachers and informal education organizations to inspire, teach and recruit the next generation of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The new Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline, or NESSP, has begun a $10 million, five-year cooperative agreement with NASA that broadens existing programs and launches new efforts throughout Washington, Oregon and Montana, with a particular focus on underserved and underrepresented communities.
“The goal is to create a virtual NASA hub in the Northwest to provide excellence in the teaching of STEM disciplines, from middle school to high school, and provide a conduit for students from across the region, including from underserved and underrepresented groups, to move into STEM careers,” said principal investigator Robert Winglee, a UW professor of Earth and space sciences.
The program establishes a regional network that will increase collaboration to boost the capacity for STEM education and experiences in the early years.
Examples of the program’s efforts include:
Expanding the Washington Aerospace Scholars program — an in-depth space science experience for high school juniors that includes an online UW course and a week at the Museum of Flight — to enroll students from Montana and Oregon.
Supporting the Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club, a Mukilteo-based group that trains black students in aviation, to incorporate NASA curriculum and do outreach to rural areas and tribal nations across the three states.
Funding the Pacific Science Center in Seattle to hold one-day and week-long versions of its science camps in other locations in the three states, and expand the reach of its Science-On-Wheels program.
Offering in-person teacher training workshops in each state in Earth and space sciences.
Providing virtual training opportunities for K-12 teacher development, with options for teachers to share STEM resources and curriculum.
Creating more opportunities for high school students to do hands-on summer research projects on college and university campuses.
“We’re seeing a lot of growth in the Northwest region of private-sector aerospace companies,” Winglee said. “Proving a conduit for students to move into those kinds of careers is important.”
He and Carlos Chavez, a UW staff member who is associate director of the Washington Space Grant Consortium, will visit the three states this spring to do rocketry demonstrations in tribal communities and conduct teacher training with NASA curriculum. In April, they will visit the Yakama Nation in Washington and the Crow and Blackfeet nations in Montana. They will also make a similar visit this spring to Oregon.
The group held its kickoff meeting in January at the Museum of Flight. Erika Harnett, a UW research associate professor in Earth and space sciences, is associate director of Washington Space Grant and co-principal investigator for this cooperative agreement.
NASA has selected 27 organizations from across the United States to begin negotiations for cooperative agreement awards totaling $42 million to implement a new strategic approach to more effectively engage learners of all ages on NASA science education programs and activities.