We Are Montana in the Classroom to Celebrate Science at Camp-In for Girls

February 09, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s We Are Montana in the Classroom program will travel to Hamilton and share UM’s research and educational opportunities with eighth-grade girls at the Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Resources overnight camp-in on Friday, Feb. 12.

The camp-in will take place at Hamilton Middle School from 6 p.m. through the night. The We Are Montana in the Classroom role models will present from 7 to 8 p.m.

UM faculty members, professionals and graduate students will lead hands-on activities and demonstrations for the 86 girls participating in the event, which is a celebration of science and science careers designed to empower girls to pursue their passions.

 “We’re excited for Hamilton’s eighth-grade girls to learn about the many opportunities for research, exploration and leadership that await them in higher education and beyond,” said Holly Truitt, director of We Are Montana in the Classroom.   

The role models traveling to Hamilton include Alessia Carpoca from the UM School of Theater and Dance, Kelly Moore and Lindsay MacKenzie from UM’s Paleontology Center, Shauna Muns from Missoula College’s Energy Technology Program and Reba Van Beusekom from the UM Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Established in 1993, B.E.A.R. is an outdoor adventure and mentoring nonprofit dedicated to inspiring youth to connect with their own potential, their community and the landscape. In addition to mentoring services, B.E.A.R. provides summer camps and after-school and weekend activities for over 300 Bitterroot youth annually.

We Are Montana in the Classroom, part of the UM Broader Impacts Group in the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship, partners with more than 100 UM faculty members, professionals and graduate students to inspire K-12 students about higher education and career pathways. This academic year, the program is on track to reach 10,000 students through statewide tours, local classroom visits and distance-learning experiences.

To learn more about We Are Montana in the Classroom’s array of free programs and teachers’ resources, email We Are Montana in the Classroom Program Manager Jessie Herbert at jessie.herbert@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Jessie Herbert, We Are Montana in the Classroom program manager, 406-243-4828, jessie.herbert@umontana.edu.