Montana Science Partnership (MSP) Modules help elementary educators around Montana and the nation learn core science content tied to the Montana Content Standards & Performance Descriptors and the National Science Education Standards. Each MSP Module focuses on one science topic, and includes hands-on activities, simulations, videos, animations, and embedded questions designed to facilitate understanding at the learner’s own pace. Modules were developed by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Faculty from the Montana University System.


The Purpose of MSP Modules

Research tells us that high-quality education depends greatly on the effectiveness of the classroom teacher. To help students comprehend science, teachers must have a deep understanding of the concepts they are to teach. MSP Modules are designed to provide learning in science content and the inquiry method, aligned with core standards, that is available nearly anytime, anywhere, while also addressing specific, place-based science issues that make science relevant to students and teachers.


System Requirements

The software that controls how Modules are displayed on your computer has minimal system requirements. You will need a web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) in order to access online Modules. It is recommended that you download the most recent version of your preferred web browser.

The settings on your web browser can also affect your experience with online Modules. If your web browser is set to block pop-up windows, certain components of some Modules may be blocked. If, while using an online Module, your browser indicates that it has prevented a new window from opening (typically indicated by a text line that appears near the top of the browser window), click on that prompt and allow the blocked content.

Additionally, online Modules employ javascript and ActiveX controls that are common to most web browsers, but may require updating in the case of older web browser software. If, while using an online Module, your browser indicates that an update is required, accept and allow such an update.

For security reasons, some web browsers automatically block certain scripts or ActiveX controls. In such a case, a text prompt will appear near the top of your browser screen (e.g., in Internet Explorer, the text prompt reads: “To help protect your security, Internet Explorer has restricted this webpage from running scripts or ActiveX controls that could access your computer. Click here for options…”), indicating that such content has been blocked, and you can click on this prompt to allow the Module content to load.


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The MSP project is funded by an ESEA, Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant through the Montana Office of Public Instruction. MSP was developed by the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program and faculty from Montana Tech of The University of Montana and Montana State University, with support from other Montana University System Faculty.