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MSU offers STEM training, kits for after-school programs

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BOZEMAN – A STEM outreach project from Montana State University Academic Technology and Outreach and the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative offers free resources and training to educators who work with middle school students in after-school programs. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program is open to sites that serve both boys and girls and especially seeks participants from Montana’s smallest towns. The program, called Science Action Club: BirdScouts, offers a hands-on citizen science curriculum from the California Academy of Sciences. Participating educators will receive a Science Action Club: BirdScouts kit featuring high-quality science equipment and classroom supplies for 20 youth, plus digital resources to provide opportunities to extend learning. Educators selected for the program will attend a training at MSU in Bozeman on Friday, March 2, as well as complete a two-hour online module. Some travel scholarships are available, as are Office of Public Instruction renewal units. Educators with after-school programs serving grades 5 through 8 can learn more and find the application link at http://eu.montana.edu/sac/. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Feb. 8. The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative has co-leaders at MSU and the University of Montana and was launched by the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR program. For more information, email outreach@montana.edu.

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