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Girls-n-Science

Saturday, April 14, 2018
MSUB Alterowitz Gym

 

At Girls-n-Science, a FREE event, there will be more than 40 booths at MSUB’s Alterowitz Gym with hands-on, minds-on activities. Female STEM-related professionals will be involved with each booth giving girls one-on-one contact with important role models who are also mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters with varied interests and life goals. The jobs that our 4th graders will hold as adults likely haven’t even been thought of yet, but Industry surveys indicate that many emerging careers will require an understanding of STEM and the problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptive and collaborative skills gained through the study of these subjects. Often, psychological barriers, gender expectations, and the “coolness” factor can act as barriers to girls in the pursuit of STEM educational and career opportunities. Girls-n-Science strives to abolish negative and fearful attitudes about math and science; empowering young women in both their femininity and intellect. We will be photographing and recording the students interacting with the exhibitors. No registration needed and girls will get a cool Girls-n-Science string backpack. Come joins us and have fun!

 

STEM Stars – for 7th and 8th Grade Girls ONLY

Saturday, April 14 from 8:30 am to Noon

MSUB Liberal Arts Building

 

As a part of Girls-n-Science for the third year, "STEM Stars" is a FREE event providing longer hands-on opportunities for girls in 7th and 8th grades only. These 30-minute concurrent sessions (with four different female STEM professionals) will take place the morning of Girls-n-Science (from 8:30 am to noon) in the Liberal Arts Building at MSUB to further introduce girls to STEM-related professions in a fun, yet educational way. Space is limited to 60 girls and registration is mandatory. Breakfast and lunch will be provided as well as a super cool hoodie! After this event, volunteers will take girls up to the main event of Girls-n-Science at the MSUB Alterowitz Gym, where parents can join them. 

 


 

2018 STEM Star Leaders & Activities:

 

STEM Star: Dr. Sarah Friedman, Earth Science Instructor, Montana State University Billings

Dr. Sarah Friedman has an appreciation for storytelling - through rocks! She earned a degree in geology in order to travel and see rocks in their natural habitats. Rocks reveal the history of our planet, and Sarah has visited Asia, Central America and even the middle of the Pacific Ocean to learn more about their origins.

 

Activity: Prehistoric Prints

Discover dinosaurs in an unexpected way with a fun look at their footprints. Study the characteristics of real dinosaur tracks to see how they walked and calculate their speed. Our STEM Star takes you on a journey back in time to reveal the behaviors of our prehistoric predecessors through their footprints.

 

STEM Star: Dr. Holly Basta, Biology Instructor, Rocky Mountain College

Microbiology, cellular and molecular biology were the focus of Dr. Holly Basta’s education. She’s put her degrees to use studying the immune system and viruses. Now, Dr. Basta researches viruses to predict how harmful they might be and the effectiveness of antiviral drugs against them.

 

Activity: Outbreak

Join Dr. Basta in a simulation of a virus outbreak, and act as epidemiologists to track down “patient zero.” Students will attempt to prevent another outbreak through a vaccination campaign. How many people must be vaccinated to protect the whole population?

 

STEM Star: Shirley Greene, Science Teacher, Lewis & Clark Middle School

Growing up in Florida, Shirley Greene remembers watching spacecraft fly overhead on their way to the moon. Since then, she has been fascinated with space. Mrs. Greene is a Solar System Ambassador and has also been involved with many NASA programs, so she’s ready to take our STEM students on a journey through the galaxy.

 

Activity: Earth Talking!

Here on Earth, it’s fun talking to your friend. But how do you talk to a spacecraft traveling at 36,000 miles per hour, 3 billion miles away? Be a part of the New Horizons mission control, and learn how we send messages to spacecraft flying to Pluto and beyond.

 

STEM Star: Kourtney Kemp, M.D.

Concluding the STEM Star activities is guest speaker Kourtney Kemp, MD. A graduate of Montana Tech School of Mines and Engineering, Dr. Kemp is a leader in medical robotics and was named “Top Doctor, Rising Star” by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

 

Dr. Kemp will take STEM students on a journey from her childhood in Plentywood, Montana to her career performing robotic surgery. See surgical robotics in action (don’t worry, the images are kid-friendly!) and learn how technology and medicine meet virtual reality on a life-saving mission to help people.

 

Girls-n-Science Main Event, Geared toward 4-8 grade girls

Saturday, April 14 from 12:30 to 4 pm

MSUB Alterowitz (Upper) Gym

 

At Girls-n-Science, a FREE event, there will be more than 40 booths at MSUB’s Alterowitz Gym with hands-on, minds-on activities. Female STEM-related professionals will be involved with each booth giving girls one-on-one contact with important role models who are also mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters with varied interests and life goals. The jobs that our 4th graders will hold as adults likely haven’t even been thought of yet, but Industry surveys indicate that many emerging careers will require an understanding of STEM and the problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptive and collaborative skills gained through the study of these subjects. Often, psychological barriers, gender expectations, and the “coolness” factor can act as barriers to girls in the pursuit of STEM educational and career opportunities. Girls-n-Science strives to abolish negative and fearful attitudes about math and science; empowering young women in both their femininity and intellect. No registration needed and girls will get a cool Girls-n-Science string backpack. Come joins us and have fun!

 

For the Girls-n-Science event in the Alterowitz Gym, be sure to use the parking lot across the street from the PE Building. To walk across the street, use the underground tunnel. The parking garage will be open too. Parking passes are not needed for this event.

 


 

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!

 

Intergalactic Scientists

 

Cloud Peak Energy

 

MSUB Foundation logo

 

MSUB logo

 

Rocket Scientists

 

Exxon Mobil
Q2-KTVQ

 

Laboratory Scientists

 

Amgen

BillingsWorks-Big Sky Economic Development

Girls Scouts of Montana & Wyoming

Montana BioScience Alliance
Montana Society of Petroleum Engineers
NorthWestern Energy

 

Research Scientists

 

Billings Clinic

BNSF

Brewer Dental

Computers Unlimited

ECI

Energy Laboratories

KLJ

Phillips 66

RiverStone Health

Sibanye-Stillwater 
Stockman Bank

Yellowstone Naturopathic Center