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EPSCoR Workforce Development programs train future scientists through services and programs that link STEM research with K-12 teachers and students.

spectrUM Discovery Area provides on-site and travelling exhibits to all Montanans. Through its GirlTech program and intergenerational MOLLI program, and travelling MosSE exhibits, spectrUM reaches out to populations traditionally underserved by science outreach. spectrUM has summer day camps, school’s out activity days, and other programs form K-12 children. To learn more see spectrUM.

An interactive website with information about Hydrogen and the Environment features videos, slide shows, and other multimedia content based on current research being conducted by faculty. A teachers guide for the entire website is also available.

Science Saturdays, a program Designed to show kids from age 8 to 13 that science is fun and questions are good, showcases the science and people doing the science in an interactive format. Currently offered on the MSU-Bozeman campus, the program has travelled to the Crow reservation and South Africa and featured such topics as “What is the Science of Music?” “How do insects communicate?”, and “What do baby diapers and cleaning up oils spills have in common?” Read more about Science Saturdays.

As part of the MSU Extended University’s catalog of resources for K-12 teachers, Montana EPSCoR has supported the development of teaching modules available on the web for teachers to explain concepts such as Newton’s Laws to the History of Rocketry. Learn more at Science Lesson Plans for K-12 Teachers. There are also fun activities to do as a family on the Outreach and Informal Education website.