Science Action Club: Bugs In Your Schoolyard launched last fall and now Birds In Your Schoolyard is ready for spring training thanks to Montana State University’s Extended University. MSU is providing free STEM resources and training to a group of educators who work with middle school students in after-school or out-of-school programs.
Afterschool programs can affect how students perform in school and help students be college and career ready. The Montana Afterschool Alliance (MTAA) recognizes MSU’s efforts to increase STEM-based learning opportunities for Montana’s youth outside the school day. MTAA is fortunate to have a strong partnership with Montana State University (MSU), which, as the state’s land-grant institution, has a strong focus on outreach and learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
Montana’s Science Action Club educators today will receive a complete Science Action Club kit featuring high-quality science equipment and classroom supplies for 20 youth, plus digital resources to provide opportunities to extend learning. The afterschool sites across Montana will conduct 12 hands-on activities this spring with youth in middle school; contribute data to researchers via citizen science apps; and assist with evaluation and feedback to the California Academy of Sciences, which developed the Science Action Club curriculum. Science Action Club program is also supported by the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative, National Girls Collaborative Project, the Montana Women’s Foundation, Montana NSF EPSCoR and the MSU Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.
Science Action Clubs: Birds in Your School Yard are from following communities:
- Lame Deer
- Seeley Lake
- White Sulphur Springs
Science Action Club sites that implemented the Bugs In Your Schoolyard curriculum include Ashland, Browning, Hamilton, Hinsdale, Townsend and Willow Creek.
Science Action Club (SAC) is a high-impact STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time. Through hands-on games and projects, youth in SAC investigate their local environment and use citizen science to document discoveries, share data, and design strategies to protect our planet.
Montana Afterschool Alliance’s mission is to support and advocate for sustainable, high-quality afterschool programs by drawing together key decision-makers committed to improving outcomes for youth, their families, and communities. The vision of the Montana Afterschool Alliance is that all Montana youth have access to enriching afterschool activities in a safe and healthy environment. In October of 2014, the Montana Afterschool Alliance (MTAA) received funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, making Montana the 43rd state to have a statewide afterschool network.
For more information about Science Action Clubs, contact Suzi Taylor, Assistant Director of Outreach and Communications, MSU Extended University; (406) 994-6550, firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more information about the Montana Afterschool Alliance contact Julia Gustafson, Network Lead, (406) 624-9272, email@example.com.