October STEM Forum

Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 11:28 am

Registration is now officially open for the fall Montana STEM Forum hosted by the Montana Office of Public Instrucion (OPI).  This year's theme, "A Vision of STEM in the State of Montana," will focus on what STEM looks like across the state of Montana.  STEM partnerships will be spotlighted and an update on the statewide STEM initiative will be shared.  Dr. Stephen Pruitt will be our featured guest speaker.  Dr. Pruitt is the Vice President for Content, Research and Development at Achieve, Inc. and is leading the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (

Breakout sessions will include the following:

  • Classroom robotics;
  • Partnerships that connect students with scientists in the field;
  • The creation of outdoor classrooms; and
  • The role of business and non-profit organizations in STEM education

Whether you are a classroom teacher, an administrator, a business or industry employee or employer, a state agency representative, or interested community member, this conference is for you.  You will not want to miss the tremendous learning and collaborative opportunities at this year's STEM Forum!


The conference will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Helena, Montana.  It will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4 and will end at noon on Wednesday, October 5. There is no fee to attend this conference, and OPI renewal units will be available.  Please contact Sheri Harlow by September 23, 2011 at or by phone at 406-444-9864 in order to register.


A block of rooms is available at the Red Lion Hotel under OPI STEM.  Please call 406-443-2100 by September 9 in order to reserve a room at the state rate.  Overflow rooms will also be available at other area hotels should all of the rooms at the Red Lion be booked. 

For more information, contact Kristen Crawford, 406-444-3557