OPI Hosts STEM Event at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman


Wednesday, October 16, 2013
By Allyson Hagen
406-444-3160

OPI Hosts STEM Event at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman

Bozeman, MT - The Office of Public Instruction is bringing together more than 200 educators and community members who are interested in supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education for an evening event at the Museum of the Rockies. The event will feature 30 STEM exhibits as well as presentations from local Science teacher and 2011 Teacher of the Year Paul Andersen, Dr. Gerry Wheeler, Emeritus Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association and MSU Emeritus Professor of Physics, and the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project.

“We know that many of the jobs of tomorrow are going to require that our students have a solid background in science, technology, engineering and math, said Superintendent Juneau. “Our public education system must create a pipeline of students with the necessary skills to go on to higher education in these fields, and Montana businesses need to be ready to hire these students when they complete their education."

Workforce projections for 2018 by the U.S. Department of Labor show that nine of the 10 fastest-growing occupations that require at least a bachelor's degree will require significant scientific or mathematical training. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that jobs requiring science, engineering, and technical training will increase 34% between 2008 and 2018.

"Museums play a critical role in STEM education, which is one reason why we are so excited to host this incredible event," said Museum of the Rockies (MOR) Education and Public Programs Director, Angie Weikert. "Museums house resources that many schools do not have, including access to innovative research, touchable teaching collections, and exciting exhibits, such as the newly-renovated Taylor Planetarium. MOR can excite students to pursue STEM careers by offering standards-based activities complementing the school curriculum. MOR is eager to open its doors to educators from around the state to see what resources are available for their students."

Participants in the STEM: Imagine the Future event will experience hands-on exhibits and have an opportunity to learn more about engaging girls in STEM, how to grow STEM education in Montana, and how to make real world connections to STEM.

The event is being held in Bozeman at the Museum of the Rockies from 5 pm – 9 pm, Wednesday, October 16. A highlight of the event is the “STEM: Ignite” program from 8 pm – 9 pm in the Hager Auditorium. Participants will experience seven inspiring talks from leaders in STEM education in Montana. 

To download the agenda for the STEM: Imagine the Future event, go to:
https://sites.google.com/site/stemimaginethefuture/.

To download the agenda and speaker bios for the “STEM: Ignite” program from 8pm – 9 pm, go to:
http://opi.mt.gov/pdf/stem/STEM_Entire_Program.pdf.

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