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Welcome to SPOT

The Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT) provides FREE presentations about current NASA missions and research to Montana schools, youth programs, and community groups. The offices at Montana State University in Bozeman and University of Montana in Missoula sends presenters to schools and communities across the state.

The focus of the program is professional training for higher education student presenters with mentoring by STEM graduate student managers. Through this program higher education students utilize unique NASA content to become inspirational STEM role models for K-12 students and teachers.

This year there are three SPOT shows available: Listening to the Universe explores our universe with gravitational waves, a new and exciting tool scientist at Montana State University hope to be using in the near future. Life in the Universe explores the Solar System through the eyes of an scientist. Learn about the search for new life and how Montana scientists are contributing to this search and take a simulated trip as a physicist, astronaut, physician or engineer to explore some of the places most suited for life in our solar system. Finally, Eye on the Big Sky II explores our night sky as we learn about constellations and deep sky objects that can be see easily in Montana. More information about each show is available on our Presentations page.

The interactive SPOT presentations utilize slides, videos, animations, iClickers (depending on group size) and an inquisitive approach to relay the excitement of new discoveries in space science. NASA research and careers here in Montana are highlighted in each show. Presentations can be done in a classroom or assembly setting, as long as a screen or blank wall and an electrical outlet are available. Each show lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Participating teachers will receive NASA related activities, brochures and other materials they can use in their classrooms.

Click here to request a show!
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