STEEM Program

(Science, Technology, Environment, Engineering, & Math)

The STEEM Program provides middle school girls with a professional mentorship opportunity while simultaneously building their confidence and competence in the sciences. Girls are nominated for the program by their 5th-grade teachers. 

 The program begins with a Summer Institute focused on a STEEM topic. The week is spent building trust, confidence, and courage in the fields of science, technology, engineering, environment, and math. Activities include hands-on experiential learning opportunities with leaders in STEEM fields, leading programs for the community, and setting personal goals that culminate in a personal portfolio project. For examples of these projects, please see the STEEM Sister biographies below.

The mentorships continue throughout the school year and allow these students to return and work with a new cohort of upcoming 6th graders each summer. In this way, STEEM creates a support system of peer mentorship, sisterhood, and stewardship through science!

 

Read what participants and parents are saying about STEEM!

“It is super fun! This group is so amazing and inspiring. STEEM has really helped me reach a ton of goals!” -Zoe, 2019 Cohort

“I would say that you should be a STEEM Sister because it is overall a lot of fun and you learn a lot, but your teacher chose you for a reason so just try it.” -Ella, 2019 Cohort

“It is a really cool program that you get to do fun activities, and also form new friendships.” -Eliza, 2019 Cohort

“You can meet some other girls that might be going to school with you and you can have lots of fun and learn at the same time.” – Caroline, 2019 Cohort

“I developed the skill to talk in front of people I don’t know and I got way better at writing.” – Dylan, 2019 Cohort

“If every little girl in the world had the opportunity to experience the evolution of growth and confidence the STEEM Sisters are, the world would be a better place! “

-Janie, STEEM parent

How can I help? 

This program is offered to participants at a very low cost. Please consider making a donation to support the STEEM Program! 

 Would you like to serve a mentor or expert in the field?

Please contact Kelli (kvannoppen@montananaturalist.org) or Bailey (bzook@montanannaturalist.org) to find out what the next theme will be!

A big thank you to our past and present sponsors and partners:

Montana Environmental Education Association
Neptune Aviation
SpectrUm
Submittable
University of Montana Flight Lab
Individual Donors

Meet our STEEM Sisters:

Caroline

Caroline

2019 Cohort

Dylan

Dylan

2019 Cohort

Dylan grew up in Missoula, MT. She loves to ski, boat on the lake, and float on the Clark Fork River. She also loves to do art and play softball with her sister.

Dylan’s 2019 Capstone Project on Flight

Dylan’s 2020 Capstone Project on Mental Health

Eliza

Eliza

2019 Cohort

Eliza is 11 years old, has lived in Missoula for 6 years, and is now moving to Colorado. She enjoys exploring the outdoors with friends and family, along with various other activities.

Eliza’s 2019 Capstone Project on Flight

Eliza’s 2020 Capstone Project on the Science of Light

Ella

Ella

2019 Cohort

Ella loves sports. Her favorite sport is football and she loves science.

Ella’s 2019 Capstone Project on Flight

Ella’s 2020 Capstone Project on Sustainable Architecture

Zoe

Zoe

2019 Cohort

Zoe really loves science, and being creative. The other thing you should know about her is that she is very weird.

Zoe’s 2019 Capstone Project on Flight

Zoe’s 2020 Capstone Project on Sustainable Businesses