HELENA, Mont. –The Montana Office of Public Instruction has announced that nine Montana schools will work with NASA on scientific research projects.

Students in Frenchtown, Centerville, Big Fork, Hot Springs, Alberton, Boulder, Huntley, Rocky Boy and Conrad will work with NASA scientists to develop parachutes for Mars and pressure suits for astronauts. The research opportunity is part of the Montana 21st Century Community Learning Center program.
“These students will get a first-hand look at how science, technology, engineering and math can create real solutions for space exploration,” Superintendent Juneau said. “Getting students excited about the STEM fields is how we’ll continue to be a worldwide leader in research and discovery.”
NASA scientists will visit the nine Montana communities and provide remote instruction over Skype. Plus, students in Hot Springs will travel to the Langly Research Center in Virginia for additional hands-on learning.
Montana is one of just 15 states chosen to work with NASA.