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Welcome to the 4th annual Montana STEM Summer Institute, supporting educators with the advancement of teaching and learning in STEM! This event is co-hosted by School Services of Montana and the MSU Science Math Resource Center.  This is your navigation station for all of the conference details at your fingertips.  Use this "Sched" platform to navigate the schedule, get important conference information, and to access session resources during and after the conference.  MSU Map with Session and Event Locations

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Monday, July 25
 

8:30am MDT

Registration and Exhibits Open - Coffee and Breakfast Snacks!
Get ready for the conference, check-in at registration, get some coffee/food, and mingle with other attendees and exhibitors! 

Monday July 25, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am MDT
SUB Ballroom B/C

10:00am MDT

Conference Opening and Teacher Panel Discussion
Enjoy our opening panel discussion with Montana teachers doing exemplary work in STEM!  Gain ideas, strategies, and resources you can use to connect, collaborate, and integrate your STEM instruction.  

Speakers
avatar for Alexandria Knows His Gun

Alexandria Knows His Gun

Teacher, Belfry
Alexandria Knows His Gun is a 3rd and 4th grade teacher at Belfry Elementary School. For the past 6-weeks she has been in Bozeman participating in the RET (Research Experience for Teachers) program. She has been in Dr. Hodge's chemical engineering lab working closely with Ph.D student... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Tovaas

Melissa Tovaas

Director of Education Services, School Services of Montana
Melissa Tovaas is the Director of Education for School Services of Montana. In this role, she leads the work of the Montana Educational Curriculum Consortium (MECC) and facilitates professional learning through statewide and regional events as well as school-based professional learning... Read More →
avatar for Judy Boyle

Judy Boyle

education consultant
Judy Boyle has been teaching in public and private schools for over 40 years in the states of Vermont, New Hampshire, Idaho, and Montana. She moved to Whitehall, Montana in 2003, and she retired in 2021 from teaching at Divide Elementary School in Divide, Montana where she taught... Read More →
avatar for Karen Pollari

Karen Pollari

Teacher, Sidney School District
Karen Pollari graduated Carroll College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education.  After teaching for a few years, her passion for literacy drove her to a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Library Media Science.  She... Read More →
avatar for Linda Rost

Linda Rost

Science Teacher, Baker High School
Linda Rost is the 2020 Montana Teacher of the Year and a Top 4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. She teaches biology, anatomy and physiology, AP biology, chemistry, and science research at Baker High School in Baker, MT, and introductory science courses for Miles Community... Read More →
avatar for Suzi Taylor

Suzi Taylor

Science Math Resource Center Director, Montana State University


Monday July 25, 2022 10:00am - 11:15am MDT
SUB Ballroom B/C

11:15am MDT

Break & Exhibits
Monday July 25, 2022 11:15am - 11:30am MDT
SUB Ballroom C

11:30am MDT

Digesting Writing Anatomy Instruction (Gr. 6-12)
Writing has always been an integral part of the sciences, but connecting science instruction with writing instruction is an ongoing challenge in both middle- and high schools. This session will explore how "scientific storytelling" can help teachers reinforce course content, integrate more writing into their classrooms, engage students in collaborative learning, all while having more fun!. Participants will dig into a hands-on demonstration of the digestion process and use narrative techniques to solidify their understanding of the vocabulary and processes of digestion. They will leave with practical strategies for using "scientific storytelling" in their classrooms.

Presentation slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1APONkby4X1yUyYOzZKQdkHpsR2e8F4OJ7HnUG63IEn8/edit?usp=sharing 

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Yost

Aaron Yost

Founder and Consultant, Bridger Educational Services
Aaron Yost is the founder and lead consultant for Bridger Educational Services, based in Bozeman. He has 25 years classroom experience and has been offering hands-on, engaging, and applicable professional development workshops to Montana teachers for over a decade. He recently served... Read More →
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Dawn Smartnick

High School Anatomy Teacher, Jefferson High School



Monday July 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:45pm MDT
Ballroom B

11:30am MDT

Solving real world issues through community collaboration (K-8)
View some examples of elementary students helping to solve local issues through the engineering design process and collaboration with experts in the community. Learn more about how to utilize experts to help students make connections with local community issues. Brainstorm some potential community issues your students may be able to help with.

Presentation Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jQUlwbJjptlbP6YL2W4GmD9H-zn5IjWCJQ7PjRcbc9s/edit?usp=sharing 

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Rapstad

Amanda Rapstad

Elementary Teacher, Belgrade School District
Amanda Rapstad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Masters’ Degrees in School Leadership and Technology. She is also National Board Certified in literacy. She currently teaches fourth grade at Story Creek Elementary in Belgrade, MT. Her current work revolves... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:45pm MDT
SUB Ballroom C

12:45pm MDT

Lunch and Exhibits
Lunch is a the Rendezvous Dining Hall. Visit with exhibitors before or after lunch in the SUB Ballroom C.

Monday July 25, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MDT
SUB Ballroom C

2:00pm MDT

Energy Transfer in K-12: Exploring learning progressions (K-12)
This session will explore how energy transfer is addressed in progressions throughout K-12. We will engage in a few hands-on activities related to energy transfer that are suitable for use in project- or problem-based curricula. We will also explore the progressions in cross-cutting concepts and science and engineering practices as it relates to these ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Jeannie Chipps

Jeannie Chipps

Science Math Resource Center and Instructor, Education Dept., Montana Office of Public Instruction
Jeannie Chipps facilitates professional development at the Science Math Resource Center. As a former high school science teacher and after school science team coach/makerspace director, she enjoys working with teachers to create learning environments that support diverse learners... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
SUB Ballroom B

2:00pm MDT

Writing IS Thinking (Gr. 3-8)
Connecting science with writing is a challenge for most elementary and middle-grade teachers. This session will explore the benefits of integrating writing with science, how to get students engaged in authentic writing, and will give participants a chance to write some of their own scientific arguments. Participants will leave with resources, ideas, and enthusiasm for using writing in their own science classrooms to build understanding of the disciplinary core ideas, science practices and the craft of argument.

Handout & Additional Resources:
Writing in Science - Babcock

Presentation Slides:
Writing In Science-Babcock




Speakers
avatar for Tracy Babcock

Tracy Babcock

5th Grade Teacher, Morning Star Elementary School
Tracy Babcock is a 5th-grade teacher in Bozeman MT with a passion for everything related to science, STEM, writing, and students! She has been teaching for 10 years but prior to this was a nurse and an instructor at MSU Bozeman. She serves on the National Board of Directors for the... Read More →



Monday July 25, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
SUB Ballroom C

3:15pm MDT

Break & Exhibits
Monday July 25, 2022 3:15pm - 3:45pm MDT
SUB Ballroom C

3:45pm MDT

Bringing Drones to the Classroom
Join Shanell Sinclair, intern for the Autonomous Aeronautic Systems Office (AASO) and president of American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), as she shares information on how you can bring autonomous aircraft (drones) to your classroom.

Speakers
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Shanell Sinclair

intern for the Autonomous Aeronautic Systems Office (AASO) and president of American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Montana State University


Monday July 25, 2022 3:45pm - 5:00pm MDT
American Indian Hall Room 102

3:45pm MDT

Using Fluorescence and Phosphorescence to introduce electron configuration, electron energy levels and quantum mechanics
This workshop will introduce quantum mechanics to chemistry classes in an interesting and hands-on way using minerals (earth science) with both long and short wavelength UV light.  You will learn about and make a quantum ladder, look at examples of both fluorescence and phosphorescence in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics, and look at the orbital notation of electrons to determine how rocks can glow.  You will also use LED’s to see and measure the quantization of light by determining the slope (Planck’s constant) of your graphed data, activate the glow of luminal, and measure the chemiluminescence using computer measurement probes.  At the end of the workshop you can take a handout with information and references and a glowing rock with you.

Speakers
avatar for David McDonald

David McDonald

Science Teacher, Sidney High School
A veteran of Science teaching at Sidney High School with a Master in Science Education from MSU. I was awarded the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Most of the past 35 years I have presented at the MSTA meetings. I utilize a hands-on exploration... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 3:45pm - 5:00pm MDT
SUB Ballroom C

3:45pm MDT

Windmills and Waterwheels (Gr. K-6)
Discover a way to engage students in renewable energy. We will engage in a PBL activity that incorporates critical thinking skills. Create a blueprint, build your product, test the product, and revise your product to increase the energy produced. The windmill blades built will be tested using a voltmeter to determine the energy output in accordance with the blade design. There will be a water wheel project introduced to accommodate K-6, but not thoroughly studied. The waterwheel project is a fun way to tie two renewable sources together.

Presentation slides:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1nBxpHbrVuVY2Z4AIN2iYDRk3l5NBmxEkiC7BTybbvC4/edit?usp=sharing

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ItixP-TIVVlRaAR_PRtFItcdXAPuxOKm1O5_iDyP3wc/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Karen Pollari

Karen Pollari

Teacher, Sidney School District
Karen Pollari graduated Carroll College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education.  After teaching for a few years, her passion for literacy drove her to a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Library Media Science.  She... Read More →



Monday July 25, 2022 3:45pm - 5:00pm MDT
SUB Ballroom B

5:30pm MDT

"Museum of the Rockies" Social
Join us for an evening of fun with our friends at the Museum of the Rockies!  
  • Connect and network with other conference participants 
  • Enjoy some food and drinks
  • See a planetarium show 
  • Visit the exhibits 
  • Peruse the Living History Farm 

Monday July 25, 2022 5:30pm - 7:00pm MDT
Museum of the Rockies 600 W Kagy Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59717
 
Tuesday, July 26
 

8:00am MDT

Coffee, Breakfast Snacks, & Exhibits
Tuesday July 26, 2022 8:00am - 8:30am MDT
SUB Ballroom C

8:30am MDT

Proficiency-based education in a STEAM classroom: A hands-on workshop experience (6-12)
This session will introduce educators to several projects related to water and soil science and how these projects could be assessed in a proficiency-based model. Participants will learn how to incorporate coding into an environmental chemistry unit that aligns well with middle school and high school performance expectations. Additionally, we will explore how projects such as these can be assessed using proficiency models. Participants will walk away with specific lesson activities and general resources.

Speakers
avatar for Jeannie Chipps

Jeannie Chipps

Science Math Resource Center and Instructor, Education Dept., Montana Office of Public Instruction
Jeannie Chipps facilitates professional development at the Science Math Resource Center. As a former high school science teacher and after school science team coach/makerspace director, she enjoys working with teachers to create learning environments that support diverse learners... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am MDT
SUB Ballroom B

8:30am MDT

STREAM Education with Water (Project WET) - (Gr. K-12)
Despite the fact that water is our most precious natural resource--one we can not live without--most people do not understand where their water comes from and how water impacts our daily lives. In Montana, our water resources are precious to us. Learn how you can teach about water in fun, interactive lessons that are correlated to educational standards and interdisciplinary in nature (science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math--aka STREAM). Come STREAM education with us!

Speakers
avatar for Julia Beck

Julia Beck

Project WET
Julia Beck is the Vice President of Networks at project WET, with the honor of working with their motivated, dedicated, and passionate global network of partners who use Project WET in their programs. She provides resources and networking opportunities for Project WET partners as... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 8:30am - 11:30am MDT
SUB Room 233

10:00am MDT

Break & Exhibits
Tuesday July 26, 2022 10:00am - 10:15am MDT
SUB Ballroom C

10:15am MDT

Storywork and Talking Circles: How Teachers Develop the Capacity to Integrate Indigenous Science Knowledge (Gr. K-12)
The session will explore which strategies teachers can use to shift their lessons to better implement IEFA in their classrooms. We will explore the origins of Indigenous Science Knowledge, how it is similar and different to the science we typically teach in our classrooms, and how we can shift our thinking to develop better IEFA lessons. Teachers will engage in brainstorming and discussions with each other to grow their knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Rost

Linda Rost

Science Teacher, Baker High School
Linda Rost is the 2020 Montana Teacher of the Year and a Top 4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. She teaches biology, anatomy and physiology, AP biology, chemistry, and science research at Baker High School in Baker, MT, and introductory science courses for Miles Community... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
SUB Ballroom B

11:45am MDT

Keynote Presentation & Lunch, Exhibits
Speakers
avatar for Madelyne Willis

Madelyne Willis

PhD Candidate, Montana State University
Madelyne is a PhD candidate at Montana State University, specializing in microbial ecology and life in extreme environments. For her PhD, Madelyne is studying microbial community activity in deep glacier ice and as part of her research Madelyne has participated in fieldwork in both... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 11:45am - 1:00pm MDT
SUB Ballroom B/C

1:00pm MDT

Featured General Session: Combining IEFA, energy and engineering: Takeaways from the 2022 Research Experience for Teachers
Visit with and learn from teachers participating in the RET (Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering) summer program. In this energy-themed program, teachers gained hands-on experience in state-of-the-art engineering research labs and visited energy facilities such as a hydroelectric dam and American Indian cultural sites. The program included rich discussions on Indigenous perspectives in engineering, with a focus on integrating STEM with the seven essential understandings of Montana's Indian Education For All.
 
Visit the teachers’ exhibit tables and learn how they (and you!) can incorporate energy-related engineering research into the classroom, including topics such as biofuels, water filtration, materials science and other topics. You will also learn more about the RET program and how you might be able to join us next summer for this paid research experience! http://www.montana.edu/ret
 
Presenters are:
Barbara Ann Alden, Crow Agency
Megan Brenna, Livingston
Lauren Crawford Bleazard, Wolf Point
Allison Delaney, Bozeman
Emily Gardner, Dillon
Jamie Janosko, Twin Bridges
Kim King, Harrison
Alex Knows His Gun, Belfry
Kalani Madrona, Bozeman
Torie Prall, Bozeman
Lee Vandall, Sidney/Culbertson

Speakers
avatar for Suzi Taylor

Suzi Taylor

Science Math Resource Center Director, Montana State University


Tuesday July 26, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MDT
SUB Ballroom B/C

1:45pm MDT

Don’t STEM-ble! Do it the Write Way with PBL3! (K-12)
Build cross-curricular literacy and collaboration strategies for integrating reading, writing, mathematics, and science best practices. Explore cross-disciplinary science-rich research with an in-depth focus on tribal research to meaningfully integrate IEFA. We will deep dive into how to use differentiated text annotation strategies with science notebooks as evidence for student discourse.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle McCarthy

Michelle McCarthy

Science Instructional Coordinator, Montana Office of Public Instruction
Michelle is working with the state’s science education leaders to support science instruction in Montana schools. Michelle was a middle school science, social studies, and math teacher at Bridger Schools. She also served as their RtI and Test Coordinator.  She has also been a... Read More →
avatar for Sonja Whitford

Sonja Whitford

Math Instructional Coordinator, Montana Office of Public Instruction
Sonja Whitford joined the OPI as Mathematics Instructional Coordinator in September of 2021. Prior to that, she was an educator for 27 years. Most recently, she was an Instructional Coach for seven years at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage, Alaska. Prior to that... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 1:45pm - 3:15pm MDT
SUB Ballroom B

1:45pm MDT

Montana Prairie Science (K-12)
The majority of our state was historically prairie landscape and Montana is still home to much of our planet’s intact prairie ecosystem. Montanans often take these relatively stark-looking and harsh environments for granted. The prairie is an exciting and diverse wonderland of plants and animals and a perfect place to apply science content understanding related to ecosystem interaction, energy and dynamics, animal behavior, and earth’s systems. We’ll explore some of the rich science of our prairie ecosystems through classroom/schoolyard activities. Educators will also learn about a full-funded program for Middle School students and teachers - the American Prairie Field School through a partnership between American Prairie and Montana Outdoor Science School.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Ward

Molly Ward

Education Director, Montana Outdoor Science School


Tuesday July 26, 2022 1:45pm - 3:15pm MDT
SUB Room 233

1:45pm MDT

Culturally Responsive Computing in Middle School through Storytelling (6-8)
Whether you are brand new to computer science (CS) or have had experience, this hands-on workshop will enable teachers to deliver a lesson that supports middle school standards and IEFA using CS. Our team's curriculum supports diverse learners using culturally responsive computing, and makes computing fun to further engage your students! The workshop will provide CS basics and reflections on pedagogy. These lessons are aligned with CS standards, IEFA, and other content standards.

Co-Presenters: Brittany Fasy, Joseph (Jake) Chipps, Brittany Terese Fasy, Olivia Firth, Stacey Hancock, and Bradley McCoy

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Fasy

Brittany Fasy

Associate Professor, Montana Office of Public Instruction
Brittany Terese Fasy is an associate professor at Montana State University (MSU).  Dr. Fasy earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Saint Joseph's University in 2007, and a Ph.D. from Duke University in 2012.  After two postdocs, she joined MSU in 2015. She teaches... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 1:45pm - 4:30pm MDT
Barnard Hall Room 254 "The Japanese Room"

3:30pm MDT

MSU Talks & Tours: American Computer & Robotics Museum
American Computer & Robotics Museum
https://acrmuseum.org/


Tuesday July 26, 2022 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT
2023 Stadium Dr #1A, Bozeman, MT 59715

3:30pm MDT

MSU Talks & Tours: MSGC Space Public Outreach Presentation for Schools
Description: Through the Montana Space Grant Consortium our Space Public Outreach Team gives free presentations to K-12 students all across the state of Montana. These presentations are about space sciences surrounding current NASA missions, current research done in Montana, and aimed to inspire the next generation of scientists. We will show how you as a teacher can request a presentation for your school and what the presentation might look like. For more information see the link provided https://spacegrant.montana.edu/spot/

Jessica Myron
MSGC's Space Public Outreach Team Manager
Physics PhD Candidate
Montana State University 
Cobleigh Hall 406
(she/her)

Tuesday July 26, 2022 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT
Barnard Hall Room 103

3:30pm MDT

MSU Talks & Tours: Steam Tunnel Tour (MSU Heating Plant & Utility Tunnels)
https://www.montana.edu/ufm/engineeringutilities/heating-plant-and-utility-tunnel-access.html


Tuesday July 26, 2022 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT
Grant St and S. 6th Ave
 
Wednesday, July 27
 

8:30am MDT

Power Up STEM Learning with PBS! (K-12)
What if there were just one website you could use for all of your STEM and IEFA lesson planning that holds a variety of resources, tools AND is easy to use? Sound too good to be true? Think again! The  PBS Learning Media site is a powerful FREE tool for ALL teachers who are interested in using video, online games, primary sources and self-paced digital lessons with their students. If you are a teacher in a K-12 classroom, a librarian, a technology specialist or an administrator there is something for you on PBS Learning Media. Unleash the power of educational media to engage your students in Indian Education for All, Math and Science. The real power comes when PBS Learning Media is paired with your favorite digital assessment and presentation tools to create engaging and fun activities for students of all ages and abilities. You will also learn about programs and films produced by Montana PBS you can use to support STEM, IEFA and Math learning for your students. Bring your favorite device and come ready to launch the power of PBS in your classroom! This workshop includes hands-on discovery of digital learning resources created by PBS just for teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Vradenburg

Nikki Vradenburg

Montana PBS
Nikki is the Director of Education and a Digital Learning Specialist for Montana PBS.  She works with teachers in rural schools to successfully integrate technology in their classrooms and provides hands-on virtual training to teachers across the state who want to learn more about... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am MDT
SUB Room 233

8:30am MDT

Arduino/Coding in the Middle School Science Classroom
Ever thought "My students need to learn 21st century skills like coding and practical engineering, but how do I fit it into my curriculum?" During this session you will learn the basics of how to incorporate Arduino programming and engineering into a middle school science classroom (and learn how it fits into the science standards) by building a blinking LED as well as multiple other projects. The entire session will be hands-on; learning how to implement multiple projects in your classroom and their real world application. Interested educators will be given information on an Arduino/Engineering Cohort that will meet throughout the year and during the cohort will get materials/starter kits to help them begin using Arduino in their classrooms.

Presentation slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1VYUbFrDTRtqb0zx5scrIqBizaBQB6vG_JyWyyn55fYc/edit?usp=sharing

Limit: 30 participants

Speakers
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Kayce Williams

Science Math Resource Center, Montana State University
avatar for Susie Dobkins

Susie Dobkins

Middle School Science Teacher, Lockwood Public Schools



Wednesday July 27, 2022 8:30am - 10:45am MDT
Reid Hall, Room 422

9:30am MDT

9:30am MDT

Rock It with Rockets!
Rockets for the classroom—or scaled up for outside. One uses a safe chemical reaction to launch.  The second rocket uses an air compressor--the pressure can be varied--to launch a paper rocket made and designed by the students.  Both allow for student choices in engineering design. Rockets will be made by participants and handouts will be available.  A small-scale potato bit launcher will be included and everyone can Rock It.

Speakers
avatar for Joy-Lyn McDonald

Joy-Lyn McDonald

High School Science, Sidney High School
I am a high school teacher in Sidney Montana. I have been teaching there since 1982 in science, math and communication arts (English). I graduated from Montana State University-Bozeman and earned my Master in Science Education from there as well. I am also an active EMT in Sidney... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:30am - 10:45am MDT
SUB Room 233

10:45am MDT

Break
Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:00am MDT

11:00am MDT

Conference Closing and Featured Presentation "Bringing the WEBB Telescope First Images to your classroom (Gr. K-12)"
Come learn how to use the new images released by the Webb Telescope in your classroom! These images were released in early July. You will learn a brief history of the Webb Telescope and the importance of the data we will receive from this telescope and how to use this as a classroom activity or an informal learning opportunity.

We'll finish the session with our conference closing so you'll have the chance to reflect, connect, and to build your STEM education networks for ongoing support and learning throughout the year.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Tovaas

Melissa Tovaas

Director of Education Services, School Services of Montana
Melissa Tovaas is the Director of Education for School Services of Montana. In this role, she leads the work of the Montana Educational Curriculum Consortium (MECC) and facilitates professional learning through statewide and regional events as well as school-based professional learning... Read More →
avatar for Suzi Taylor

Suzi Taylor

Science Math Resource Center Director, Montana State University
avatar for Jeannie Chipps

Jeannie Chipps

Science Math Resource Center and Instructor, Education Dept., Montana Office of Public Instruction
Jeannie Chipps facilitates professional development at the Science Math Resource Center. As a former high school science teacher and after school science team coach/makerspace director, she enjoys working with teachers to create learning environments that support diverse learners... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 11:00am - 12:15pm MDT
SUB Room 233/235
 
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