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BioScience Montana

BioScience MontanaBioScience Montana is an immersive health sciences project for high school-aged Montana 4-H'ers. In Spring 2012, Montana State University will choose 4-H teams from throughout Montana to take part. The project will introduce 4-H'ers to hands-on science and research, careers and studies in health science-related fields, and digital media and social networking technologies. Students will participate in teams of 4-6 people plus one adult leader; nine teams from throughout Montana will be selected to participate.

MSU SciZone

MSU SciZone is a monthly feature in Montana's Kidsville News, also available for free download. Each SciZone features a fun science question for kids in grades K-5 along with a hands-on activity kids can do with a parent or teacher. Topics include questions such as: Do animals have their own language? What would aliens look like? and Are all viruses bad? SciZones are great for classrooms, homeschoolers and families.

Astronauts and Aliens

Astronauts and AliensLibrarians can download free activity sheets and information about how to create dynamic family events to teach the public about NASA and space science. This site contains all the information a library needs to host four fun-filled educational parties with the themes of Star Viewing, the Sun, Astronauts, & Aliens.

Signals and Noise, Oh Boy!

Signals and Noise, Oh Boy!This lesson plan helps students learn about how spacecraft communicate remotely with Earth. It is based on the technology deployed in New Horizons, an unmanned spacecraft that is on a nine-year, one-way trip to Pluto. Jan. 19, 2011 marked the fifth anniversary of the launch and the halfway mark---3 billion km--between Earth and Pluto.

For grades 3-5. Designed by NASA New Horizons Education and Public Outreach team.

Science of the Springs

Science of the SpringsThis full-color, pocket-sized booklet provides an overview of the connection between astrobiology research and Yellowstone National Park. Use it while visiting Yellowstone, or become an armchair traveler at home and learn more about why astrobiologists believe the extreme life found in Yellowstone's geothermal features may unlock clues to the origin of life on this planet and the existence of life beyond Earth. The booklet also features QR codes, through which readers with a Web-enabled smart phone can access additional multimedia content. View it online as a flip book or PDF.

Educators can contact Montana State University for information about receiving free printed copies. Email taylor@montana.edu.

Energy's Future

Energy's FutureThis short film is designed for young people who are thinking about college and STEM careers. Energy's Future tells the story of Joules, a high school junior who is considering what to do after high school. Her story intersects with those of three Montana State University students who are engaged in cutting-edge research aimed at solving one of the biggest problems facing our world: the need to find renewable energy. Through interweaving stories, Energy's Future paints a picture of the intersection of science and people, from students being taught in the high school classroom to students solving real-world problems in the college lab. [c] Montana NSF EPSCoR, 2010. Run time: 12:32. Watch online.

Educators can receive free copies of the DVD. Email outreach@montana.edu.

Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center

Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research CenterThe Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center (ABRC) seeks to study the origins of life on earth as a means of developing sustainable energy for our future. ABRCís work also supports NASAís missions, such as Mars exploration and possibilities of habitation of other worlds. Its research focuses on the future of life on Earth.

Thermal Biology Institute

Thermal Biology InstituteVideos, lesson plans and other educational resources on thermal biology research in Yellowstone National Park. The Institute conducts and promotes research and education focused on the biology and interrelated physical and chemical processes of geothermal environments in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Hydrogen and the Environment

Hydrogen and the EnvironmentScientists at Montana State University are testing microbes from Yellowstone National Park to learn how they produce hydrogen. Researchers want to use the natural process developed by some of the oldest life forms on Earth to create a renewable, clean, and cost-effective energy platform. Explore interactive maps of Yellowstone's microbes and extreme environments around the world while learning about Montana EPSCoR researchers' quest for alternative fuels.

MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) Education and Public Outreach Site

MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) Education and Public Outreach SiteThis web site offers a wealth of resources, including a webcam, e-news, and animations, and educational materials about the planet Mercury and the MESSENGER spacecraft on its way to explore it. See videos, listen to podcasts, and interact with the MESSENGER team on Facebook and Twitter. MESSENGER is a NASA Discovery mission to conduct the first orbital study of the innermost planet.

Strange Dead Bird

Strange Dead Bird"Strange Dead Bird" is an interactive mystery designed to enhance standards-based science learning for students in grades 5-8. The online activity uses a mystery format and narrative structure to attract all students into solving science questions, even those who are not typically engaged by science. As an engaging and appealing science adventure, it intends to help inspire a lifelong passion in students to pursue learning in math and the sciences.

Science and Sport

Science and SportThis site, created at MSU in 1998 for the Nagano Winter Games, has retro 90's graphics but easy-to-understand physics. Teachers and students can learn basic concepts of physics by studying sports, including kinematics by observing the luge, projectile motion by analyzing figure skaters, and biomechanics through cross-country skiing. In 2010, NBCLearn and the National Science Foundation created the Science of the Winter Olympics Games and consulted with Dr. George Tuthill of Plymouth State University, who helped create the original site for the NSF-funded National Teachers Enhancement Network while he taught at MSU.

Base Camp Earth

Base Camp EarthThese “virtual explorations” record in documentary format the thoughts and findings of students and teachers as they explore emerging ("headline") science. Base Camp Earth is designed to be engaging for the science enthusiasts in the classroom and inviting to bright students who might find traditional science stuffy or boring.

BTC Studio 1080

BTC Studio 1080Studio 1080 is a public interactive multimedia center on the MSU campus. It uses rich media technologies to showcase a diverse array of projects, activities and accomplishments. Play with a Google Earth larger than your head, manipulate objects with the wave of your hand, and view touch-screen exhibits created by MSU students and staff. Open during MSU business hours in the atrium of the EPS building.

National Teachers Enhancement Network

National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN)MSU's National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) offers online, graduate-level science courses from a world-class public research university. NTEN was one of the first online professional development programs for K-12 teachers, and has offered courses since 1993. NTEN is a program of Extended University at Montana State University and was created with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Extended University Media Library

Extended University Media LibraryPodcasts, videos, photo slide shows on everything from opera to entrepreneurship, including "How to Fold an Origami Crane," photo slide shows from our youth camp, and talks about engineering, thermal biology and best practices in teaching.

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