National Aeronautics and Space Administration Partnerships
The Montana Learning Center is proud to have been selected by NASA to be an Education Affiliate of the Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC). The Consortium and its members have dedicated their efforts to strengthening aerospace research and education in Montana.
The Montana Learning Center is also a partner of the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pathway (NESSP). NESSP is a collaborative effort to engage underserved K-12 students, their teachers, and diverse communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.
As a member of both the MSGC and NESSP, the Montana Learning Center is able to offer students and teachers throughout the Mountain West exciting aerospace-related programs not available anywhere else in the region.
Montana Aerospace Scholars
The Montana Aerospace Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for Montana high school juniors to explore STEM educational and career pathways while interacting with like-minded peers from across the state. The two-part program focuses on earth and space sciences and the history and future of NASA space exploration.
Phase One is a four-month, online course offered in partnership with NASA, the University of Washington (UW) and the Museum of Flight. Students who successfully complete Phase One can apply to receive five UW natural science credits, and are invited to participate in Phase Two, a six-day summer residency at the Montana Learning Center. There, students have the chance to learn more about Montana’s growing aerospace industry through behind-the-scenes aerospace company tours. Regional STEM experts offer engaging presentations and networking opportunities for participants.
For more information, please visit the Montana Aerospace Scholars FAQ and Registration page.
Learn more about space exploration both past and future
Learn how to access the stars with a remote telescope
With NASA support, the MLC is thrilled to offer unparalleled learning experiences for teachers and opportunities for curriculum enrichment throughout the year. The MLC offers an online training program to Montana’ K-12 science teachers, with a focus on understanding and implementing NASA science, Next Generation Science Standards, and three-dimensional science teaching.
Additionally, NASA supports MLC’s online telescope training for teachers. Every year, middle and high school science teachers in Montana, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho have the opportunity to learn to use and conduct research with the Center’s cutting-edge robotic telescope in New Mexico. Upon completion, teachers are encouraged to incorporate activities with the remote telescope into their curriculums and conduct meaningful astronomical research with their students.
Opportunities for teacher training are ongoing, so please regularly check www.montanalearning.org, keep an eye on our Facebook page, or contact MLC Executive Director Ryan Hannahoe at MontanaLearningCenter@gmail.com for more information about these one-of-a-kind opportunities.
Citizen Science Program for Libraries
The MLC has developed a program to partner with citizen scientists and libraries across Montana. Libraries are loaned dark sky meters and kits, and participants collect light pollution data and provide information to the international database, “Globe at Night,” with the goal of preserving our naturally dark night skies.
Opportunities for local night sky observations
Take the opportunity to work fun in with science
To sponsor these events or for more information,
contact MLC’s Executive Director, Ryan Hannahoe.
Montana Space Grant Internships at MLC
Each summer, the Montana Space Grant Consortium sponsors an intern at the MLC. Interns work closely with the Learning Center’s Executive Director, Ryan Hannahoe, and other staff to expand their aerospace and astronomical knowledge and develop their “soft” skills, such as collaboration, interpersonal communications, mentoring, and more.
While the exact work varies, interns can expect to assist with the Montana Aerospace Scholars program, support the MLC’s night-skies programs, which comprises of the largest public observatory in Montana.
Pay ranges from $5,000 – $7,500 for ten weeks of full-time work, depending on experience. To learn more or to apply, visit https://spacegrant.montana.edu/internships-msgc.html.