Big Idea #1 - Regional and State Science Fairs

Registration for the regional and state science and engineering fairs will be opening up in January or are open now. Dates of the fairs and where to get registration information are listed below:

  • Montana Tech Regional Science & Engineering Fair February 27 & 28, 2017; Institute for Educational Opportunities at Montana Tech Science Fair website; Registration opens January 3, 2017.

  • Region II Science & Engineering Fair for middle and high school grades March 14, 2017, and for elementary grades March 16, 2017; contact Leanne Frost of Great Falls MSU at 406-771-4372 or at for registration details and other information.

  • The Billings Clinic Science Expo March 24 & 25, 2017 at MSU Billings; The Billings Clinic Science Expo website; Registration is open now.

  • The 62nd Annual Montana Science Fair at the University of Montana March 27 & 28, 2017; Montana Science Fair at the University of Montana website; Registration is open now.

Big Idea #2 - Help Create Courses for the Teacher Learning Hub

The Teacher Learning Hub’s course offerings are expanding! OPI is looking for educators interested in sharing their content expertise and becoming course designers to help create and build online courses for Montana teachers.

New courses will cover a variety of subject areas including ELA, Math, Science, IEFA, World Language, technology, general school issues, mental health and more. To become part of the team of available course designers and content experts, you must successfully complete the “Course Designer Training.”  This training has two components: an online course to be completed on your own, followed by an in-person meeting in Helena. Stipends and travel reimbursements will be available for the meeting.  In addition, course designers and content experts may be paid on a per-course basis for future course development. If you are interested or want more information please fill out the course designer application. Contact Jessica Bryant ( with any questions. 

Big Idea #3 - National Youth Science Camp

The National Youth Science Foundation is accepting applications for their National Youth Science Camp. The camp is open to graduating seniors. Two delegates from Montana will be chosen to go to the camp after their high school graduation with all expenses paid by the National Youth Science Foundation. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. The camp is scheduled to be held in June and July 2017. Visit the National Youth Science Foundation's website for registration information and other details. 

~ Content Standards & Instruction thanks you for reading the 3 Big Ideas ~

Jael Prezeau, Director, (406) 444-3128

Colet Bartow, School Library & Resource Coord., (406) 444-3583

Jessica Bryant, Online Professional Learning Coord., (406) 444-3557

Christy Mock-Stutz, English Language Arts, (406) 444-0736

Michelle McCarthy, Science, (406) 444-3537

Jake Warner, Mathematics, (406) 444-0706

Marjorie O’Rourke, Professional Learning Data & Info Specialist, (406) 444-3538

Wanda Arlint, Administrative Assistant, (406) 444-0716