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"We need STEAM based education. Our global competitive edge requires educating our youth in a manner whose training combines the convergent thinking skills found in STEM education divergent thinking skills (and) creative problem solving real problems in the world." Ed Abeyta of UCSD "The STEAM Camps are coming" http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Do you have a passion you'd like to talk about? - Ignite Missoula is now taking applications for the 4th Ignite Missoula community event http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
- Do you have a passion you'd like to talk about? - Ignite Missoula is now taking applications for the 4th Ignite Missoula community event
The format is half the fun with Ignite speakers allowed 5 minutes for 20 slides that auto-forward every 15 seconds, whether they're ready or not. It's a blast!
Come Home Montana
- From Sweets to Steeps in Montana - Philipsburg, Anaconda and Beyond
"Once I found the mountains of Montana, I stopped traveling." Warren Miller
Hellgate Venture Network
- Wanted: Five deans for Montana State University - Many other opportunities available
"People do retire. We just have a perfect storm of a number of people in transition at the same time."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Computer Software Engineer - UM Western
The University of Montana Western http://www.umwestern.edu seeks applicants for the position of Computer Software Engineer-Applications I.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Graphic Design and/or Web Development Consultant - S&K Technologies Inc.
S&K Technologies, Inc. St Ignatius, Montana is seeking a Graphic Design and/or Web Development Consultant.
- Clinical Infomatics Analyst - Monida Healthcare Network
- I ♥ Stevi: Facebook page asks people to express their love for town
"I really wanted to change the focus to why we love being in Stevensville and why we love the valley."
- Hellgate Venture Network - Incubator Initiative, 3/1, Missoula, Montana
We will devote our next meeting (March 1) to discussing the incubator initiative in Missoula.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- BOSS To Host Dinner On March 2, Billings, Montana
BOSS is a unique organization in that it requires nothing of members but to show up and enjoy dinner, and an evening of visiting and getting acquainted with other business owners.
- Pasta Montana's Global Food Safety Initiative Done To Perfection
Certified companies gain customer confidence and market access.
- Bozeman, Montana's Mystery Ranch expanding to Europe and Australia
"We have numerous countries that are investigating our products, and we're in the... developmental stage of establishing a business relationship," said Gary Gullickson, who handles government relations for the company.
- Tips to Help the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Want to help kids get traction on the entrepreneurial path?
City Club Missoula
- 8 Job Search Tips From the Co-Founder of LinkedIn
"A Company Hires Me Over Other Professionals Because..."
- City Club Missoula - U.S. District Court Judge Molloy: Discussion over justice system reforms needed
Molloy said he doesn't have the answers, other than to suggest the country take the time to analyze the system, because he says "what we're doing doesn't work" and is costing hundreds of millions of dollars every year.
- Justice Molloy speaks out at City Club Missoula forum
"I think that we have become accustomed to simply locking people up--that that's the answer, at great, great cost," Molloy said.
Incubators and R&D
- Nearly 1,300 Idaho teachers left profession in 2011, up from 700 in the previous year
More than half of the educators who abandoned teaching last year left for "personal reasons," according to data from the state Department of Education.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- To tame chronic pain, erase brain's memory
Recent work has shown that the protein kinase PKMzeta plays a crucial role in building and maintaining memory by strengthening the connections between neurons.
- Technology Ventures Corp. Expands Tech Transfer Opportunities - Goes National
“In outlying laboratories like Idaho National Labs http://www.inl.gov , entrepreneurship is new,” Freisinger said. “We have a presence there now to help build entrepreneurship and technology transfer.”
Oregon Economic Development
- Welcome to the weird wild west
Straight up the road from Deadwood is Medora, North Dakota, the quaint gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park's South Unit that showcases the badlands' stark beauty. It's also home to the Medora Musical, one of the cheesiest all-American extravaganzas you'll ever clap your eyes on.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Officials aim to double metro Portland's exports to $42 billion in five years
The surge could create more than 100,000 jobs.
- Montana State University research shows promise in converting camelina oil into jet fuel
Researchers at Montana State University-Northern have developed a process to convert camelina oil to jet fuel and other high-value chemicals. MSU has applied for a U.S. patent and research is ongoing.
- USTAR e-Connections: February 15, 2012
Not your kid's science fair - USTAR at the Capitol
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming lawmakers say consultants are key in education funding
When the Legislature "recalibrated," or reviewed and revised, the model last year, they called on Picus to guide them through the year-long process. The Legislature allocated $1.5 million in 2010 for the recalibration process
Montana Education Excellence
- Performance assessment making a comeback in schools
Gateway exercises are a classic example of performance-based assessment, in which students show their understanding not by filling in bubbles on a standardized test but by producing actual work--an essay, a lab report, a presentation, a portfolio, or some other demonstration of competency.
- States Mulling Creativity Indexes for Schools
Advocates say the idea is to promote a better balance in the curriculum, as well as campus offerings before and after school, especially in the era of high-stakes testing in reading and math.
- How to engage parents online earlier and more effectively
Parenting is the toughest and most important role most adults will ever have. Yet, far too many feel ill equipped to handle the job.
- The next Race to the Top? Arne Duncan outlines vision for teacher reform.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan launched a $5 billion proposal Wednesday aimed at improving the teaching profession at every level. It would be modeled after the Race to the Top program.
- Beyond SATs, Finding Success in Numbers - The Posse Foundation
In 1988, Deborah Bial was working in a New York City after-school program when she ran into a former student, Lamont. He was a smart kid, a successful student who had won a scholarship to an elite college. But it hadn't worked out, and now he was back home in the Bronx. "I never would have dropped out of college if I had my posse with me," he told her.
- A New Perspective - Montana Students Learn from Artists in Residence for a Week
As guest teachers, the experienced artists brought a new point of view for the students and expertise in their chosen fields.
- Stanford study finds widening gap between rich and poor students
It's long been known that the better off your family is, the better you tend to do in school.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- 'Evening At UM' Brings Local High School Students To Campus, 2/23
The University of Montana invites local high school students to campus on Thursday, Feb. 23, to learn more about the academic excellence, superior student services and infinite opportunities available right in their own backyard.
- University of Montana Media Arts program experiments with cutting-edge 3-D printer
University of Montana students are discovering a whole new realm of interface between the digital and physical world, as they transform everything from chubby animated bunnies to fine-toothed gears into tangible objects - simply by hitting "print."
- Technology Opportunity Night, 3/1, Missoula, Montana
You will have the opportunity to do a five-minute overview of your organization – what makes it unique, how students can successfully launch a career with your organization, typical career paths, etc...
- Motivations of an Angel Investor
Ask any angel and you will learn that return on their investments is a primary motivation for investing these funds. But, at a time in their life when they have many attractive options, why invest their time in portfolio companies.
Funding and Building your Business
Energy and Climate Change
- The Startup Clock Starts When You Incorporate
My rule of thumb expectation is that it should take two months to set up the legal entity, six months to finalize the business plan, and by the end of the first year have a prototype product ready for customers.
- The 3 Biggest Blunders When Closing a Sale
Don't fall into the trap of asking "the budget question."
- 6 Things every startup should watch out for before signing with an investor
So, without getting into every specific legal detail, here are my "6 watch outs before putting pen to paper with an investor".
- Presenting Your Case to Investors is Rarely Free
I have long recommended that entrepreneurs do their own "due diligence" on potential investors and Angel groups before they waste their time and hard-strapped funds, and here are some additional thoughts for entrepreneurs thinking of paying to pitch their case to investors:
- Business Intelligence: Making Better Business Decisions
Business intelligence needs to be a part of process improvement efforts because it helps determine your organization's operational and production efficiency, product specifications, and aids in making key decisions. Taking on a process improvement initiative without this intelligence can severely jeopardize success.
- Heart-Attack Tax Season for Delaware Startups
Why on earth would startup lawyers like me recommend that new companies incorporate in Delaware if they're going to get fleeced by the tax collector?
- It's a Big Step from Engineer to an Entrepreneur
Clearly, engineers should think twice before assuming they have an advantage over the rest of us toward being an entrepreneur.
- Montana panel endorses NorthWestern Energy wind farm plan
The Montana Public Service Commission has voted 3-2 to endorse NorthWestern Energy's proposal to buy an $86 million wind-power project and pass on costs to customers through the rates they pay.
- Climate Warming Denial: Big Business - "educate" the kids that it's all a crock
What to do when adults persist in believing that the burning of fossil fuels is causing climate change? You know, on account of that pesky overwhelming scientific evidence and stuff? Simple. Target kids instead, and try to convince them, as early as possible, that it's all a crock - or at least that it's highly controversial.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Design Missoula launches "Love Letter For Your Favorite Nonprofit" Competition
Write a story about something great a nonprofit did, and they can win $500 in free marketing services from Design Missoula. You can win too! Contest begins on Valentines Day.
- TV in the cloud is on its way?
Is TV in the cloud is on its way? Will the cable industry ever succumb to this type of logic? I sure hope so.
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