Celebrate girls and women passionate about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)!

Girls' STEM Expo


Join us Sunday, February 25th from Noon-5:00 p.m. for the 2018 Girls' STEM Expo! This FREE fun-filled event will feature presentations and hands-on activities by leading women in STEM fields.

This event is free to the public and will take place at ExplorationWorks on the second floor. There is no pre-registration required for this event.


Presentation Schedule

1:00 p.m.: Water Under the Ground - Groundwater!
Agatha Podrasky, spectrUM Discovery Area
Explore water under the ground- groundwater! We'll get wet as we explore why and how groundwater moves with fun hands-on models. You'll learn about a local case of groundwater contamination in East Helena and how scientists, engineers, and citizens are working together to clean it up.

2:00 p.m.: The Human Brain
Dr. Nikki Honzel, Carroll College
Dr. Honzel will present an overview of current brain research, and share exciting new findings in her present work. Be prepared to participate in an amazing neuroimaging demonstration that lets you visualize your brain’s activity!

3:00 p.m.: Montana's Women Pioneers in Medicine
Annie Hanshew, Northern Rockies Historical Research
Annie will look at Montana’s women pioneers in medicine. From indigenous healers to midwives to nurses and doctors, women often worked at the forefront of frontier medical treatment. We’ll look at some of their stories and talk about the reasons they, like other early women in science, were historically overlooked.

Hands-On Activities

Some of the hands-on activities will include the following:

Be An Architect!
Learn how to read blueprints and plan your own dream house. Talk to an architect about her current projects, and check out some tools of the trade.

Chemistry Concoctions
Come meet Carroll College chemistry professors and experience some of the astounding phenomena that can be explored in a chemistry lab. Get hands-on with real-life potions and discover the fascinating science behind them.

3D Printing
Have you ever wondered what 3D printing is? Or how objects can be created in a three dimensional space? Come see one in action!

Mission Possible
The Helena High School Science Club will be showcasing an experiment for "Mission Possible" and a chemistry demonstration.

About the Presenters

Agatha Podrasky
Program Manager, spectrUM Discovery Area
Agatha Podrasky was born in the small town of Arlee, MT, and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Montana and a Master’s degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She’s worked in science education and research in a variety of capacities ranging from university faculty to laboratory supervisor for the past 13 years. She is currently a Program Manager with spectrUM Discovery Area in Missoula. In her free time, Agatha can be found exploring mountains, woods, and rivers with her husband and daughter.

Dr. Nikki Honzel
Psychology Professor, Carroll College
Dr. Nikki Honzel is an assistant professor of Psychology at Carroll College and is an expert in electrophysiological neuroimaging. Currently, Dr. Honzel is working with the Anthrozoology department to determine the extent a service animal can influence attention and memory performance in patients with PTSD.

Annie Hanshew
Historian, Northern Rockies Historical Research
Annie Hanshew has a master's in U.S. history from the University of Utah, and her work focuses on gender and the environment in the America West. She is the author of Border to Border: Montana's Historic Quilts and Quiltmakers, co-author of Beyond Schoolmarms and Madams: Montana Women's Stories, and a contributor to The Land Speaks: New Voices at the Intersection of Oral and Environmental History.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support!


for more information:

406.457.1800 ext. 1