Montana STEM Summit

Apr 28 2022 1:00 pm
Virtual Event
2022 STEM Summit logo


Our complex, changing world needs critical thinkers to tackle modern challenges. STEM learning and STEM thinking help to build the knowledge and skills that are so desired in today’s workforce.

Please join us for STEM Summit 2022 where we will focus on identifying concrete actions to undertake in our local and state communities to advance STEM learning. We will build upon the foundations of the first STEM Summit (2017) and the second STEM Summit (2019) by:

  • revisiting priorities and learning about strategies that are working statewide;
  • identifying new opportunities and challenges;
  • developing action items; and
  • building a bridge between formal and informal education and the workforce.

By the end of this interactive event, we will have mapped next steps for sparking curiosity and building skills for learners in all areas of the state.

All are welcome to participate, whether or not you participated in any previous STEM Summits.

You may like to review this report from the most recent STEM Summit, held at MSU in Summer 2019.

Who should attend?

  • Employers and working professionals
  • Educators, administrators and counselors
  • Out of school time programs and organizations
  • Parents and other STEM champions
  • Policy makers, funders and non-profits
  • Anyone who cares about the future of STEM in Montana!


Thursday, April 28 - 1pm to 3:30pm - Online. A link will be sent to you during the week of the Summit.

Keynote speaker: Trisheena Kills Pretty Enemy

Trisheena Kills Pretty Enemy is a graduate student in microbiology at Montana State University. She is a Crow and Hunkpapa Lakota Indian and grew up on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.

Kills Pretty Enemy is an MSU McNair Scholar and received research funding from Montana INBRE. She served as vice president for MSU's chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and was featured on the cover of the group’s national magazine. She was also coordinator for the Peer Mentoring Program in the College of Engineering's Empower Program. 

Kills Pretty Enemy is the mother of two sons and plans to become a medical doctor or researcher.

Also featuring:

  • Montana youth panel
  • Working groups/breakout sessions
  • Action items wrap-up

We hope you can join us for the whole time, but please participate as you are able. We will provide ways to contribute your ideas and feedback, even if you can't attend at all.

Please note that a very important part of the STEM Summit is to discuss and collaborate in small groups. Please be prepared to participate in break-out groups. These groups will be facilitated, and you will have the opportunity to choose from among several interest areas.


Brought to you by the Montana Afterschool Alliance and the MSU Science Math Resource Center with support from College of Education, Health and Human Development, GEAR UP, Million Girls Moonshot, Montana NSF EPSCoR, Mott Foundation, and the Overdeck Family Foundation.

For more information, contact Suzi Taylor with the Science Math Resource Center or Rachel Wanderscheid with Montana Afterschool Alliance.