3-D Printing

Have you ever tried to create and visualize three-dimensional (3D) objects on your computer? What would it be like if you could print those objects in 3D using additive technology? Did you know you can scan an object and then print it? 3D equipment gives a new and exciting way to produce all sorts of physical objects and provides a way to visualize mathematics. In this workshop you will be introduced to modeling software and equipment and walk away with your own 3-D printed object.

Annie Graham, Director, eNDVR Homeschool Learning Space


Amazing Brains

Your brain is made up of 100 billion nerve cells that allow you to move, hear, see, smell, taste, think, feel and learn. Have you ever wondered what the inside of a brain looks like? Come dissect a sheep brain and learn about some of the cool things that our brains do!

Genevieve Lind, PhD Candidate, Neuroscience, The University of Montana


Bioacoustics: How Animals Communicate using Sound

This workshop will focus on acoustic animal communication systems: how and why animals communicate. It will also allow participants to use some of the equipment and technology used to study bioacoustics.

Alexis Billings, PhD Candidate, The University of Montana


Campfire Programming

One of the most important skills for a computer programmer is the ability to conceptualize and accurately describe processes and algorithms. To get a taste of this, participants will create a set of instructions, specific enough for a computer to understand, for making a delicious s'more. Participants will gain insights into the kind of algorithmic thinking that is common in software development and computer science.

Lindsey Hanna, Software Engineer, Workiva, Inc.

Rachael Luhr, Software Engineer, Workiva, Inc.


Heart Rate at Altitude

This workshop will highlight the changes in oxygen saturation with increasing altitude. Heart rate will be monitored at rest and steady state exercise (step test) both in and out of a hypobaric chamber. The physiological changes will be explained through this practical application. Participants will collect data on a partner during the two-part workshop. The hour will conclude with a quick discussion of the results and the practical application of this science.

Emily Simpson, Graduate Student, Exercise Science, The University of Montana

Luke Alford, Graduate Student, Exercise Science, The University of Montana


Hot Ice

Glaciers are rivers of flowing, frozen water. But not all glaciers are alike. Glacier ice can be cold, very cold, or very, very cold. Just cold ice acts differently than very, very cold ice.  Come explore how the temperature of ice controls glacier motion!

Caitlyn Florentine, PhD Candidate, Geosciences, The University of Montana


Let's Fly

Interested in flying unattended aerial systems (i.e. UASs, UAVs, quadcopters, RC aircrafts, drones)? We will cover basic aerodynamics and UAS flight safety before setting out on a science mission of your design which you will actually fly with a UAS.

Jennifer Fowler, Director, UM Autonomous Aerial Systems Office

Agatha Podrasky, Science Education Specialist, The University of Montana


Living in a Microscopic World

Scopes on a rope, magnifying glasses, your own eyes! In this workshop participants will explore their microscope world through multiple lenses. Are you curious what your fingernail looks like under a microscope? How about a fruit fly or cockroach? Come join us and explore the microscosmos!

Amanda Duley, Brain Lab Manager, spectrUM


Making a Mark: How Impression Evidence Can Help Solve Crimes

A main principle in Forensic Science is the concept that a criminal will leave something at the scene of the crime and, at the same time, take something back with them, and that both can be used as forensic evidence. Fingerprints and footprints, often referred to as impression evidence, are two types of forensic evidence that can be found at crime scenes and both are very important to law enforcement investigations.  Learn about how impression evidence is collected, how it is used to identify individuals and solve crimes, and test your own skills as a forensic scientist.

Kaitlin Moe, Forensic Scientist, Montana Department of Justice


Medicines that Help: Making Aspirin

Did you know that many medicines can be made from naturally occurring compounds found in nature? In this workshop we will explore the creation of aspirin - whose starting materials can be extracted from the bark of a willow tree! You will learn how organic chemists can make these compounds in a lab and synthesize your own aspirin!

Asia Riel, PhD Candidate, Organic Chemistry, The University of Montana

Ari Rose, Organic Chemistry, The University of Montana


MedStar Air Ambulance

We'll fly the lifeflight helicoptor onto the UM oval and explore the daily life of a flight nurse.

Casey Thompson, MedStar Flight Nurse, RN, MSN, CFRN, CCRN, CEN, NREMT-P


Movie Magic

Chroma key compositing (a.k.a. green screen) is a special effects technique for bringing together two different images. Want to make a movie set in a rainforest but you’re in Missoula? Through the magic of the green screen, it’s possible! In this workshop, you’ll learn about the basic principles of green screen movie production and create scenes in a film production studio.

Erin Hale, Filmmaker

Talena Sanders, Assistant Professor of Media Arts, The University of Montana


Searching for Habitable Planets Beyond the Solar System

This workshop will utilize UM's beautiful, state-of-the-art planetarium to take you on a tour of our galaxy in search of habitable planets.  We will investigate both how distant planets are being discovered as well as what we have found.  UM student Audrey Houghton will be on hand to talk about her work with Project Minerva, a search for habitable planets around nearby stars.

Diane Friend, Lecturer, The University of Montana

Audrey Houghton, Undergraduate Student, The University of Montana


Water World!

Meet engineers and scientists that work hard to ensure clean drinking water in your faucet and clean water in the rivers and groundwater. What are the risks to clean water? Once water gets contaminated, how do we clean it up? In this workshop, you might get a little dirty and wet, but we promise lots of fun, too!

Shanna Adams, Civil Engineer, Mountain Water Company

Amanda McInnis, Civil Engineer, HDR Engineering, Inc.

Lee Macholz, Mountain Water Company


When the Earth Shakes

Did you know that there are earthquakes happening every day all around the globe!? They make buildings fall, create tsunamis (huge waves), and cause landslides. Come experiment with us to see how they shake up the earth and learn what steps we can take to prepare for the next BIG ONE!

Carson MacPherson-Krutsky, PhD Candidate, The University of Montana