Montana Music Festival Celebrates Girls in STEM

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Montana’s Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean and her daughter, Ellen, joined board members and friends of the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative as they shared STEM and STEAM with the community of Helena, Montana during the city’s weekly music festival, Alive at Five.

Montana Girls STEM Collaborative was the featured non-profit organization that evening, invited by corporate sponsor A2Z Staffing Solutions, a local, independent, woman-owned business. A2Z Staffing Solutions is a strong supporter of STEM and STEAM efforts and is actively involved in national efforts of the ASTRA Women’s Business Alliance.

Montana Girls STEM Collaborative board members and friends shared information about the Collaborative and hosted hands-on STEM activities from Montana NSF EPSCoR’s NanoDays. An AmeriCorps VISTA member from Helena’s ExplorationWorks science museum shared a seed germination activity and two high school-aged girls helped with the Thin Films nano activity.

The event was covered by NBC Montana as Lt. Governor McLean took the stage during a break and emphasized the importance of encouraging young people to consider careers in STEM.

Volunteers included:

Montana Girls STEM board members:

  • Suzi Taylor, MSU Extended University
  • Jan Lombardi, JML Consulting
  • Sundi West, Montana Department of Military Affairs

AmeriCorps VISTA

  • Julynn Wilderson, Exploration Works


  • Molly Taylor, Bozeman, MT
  • Caroline Requa, Anchronage, AK

Corporate Partner

  • A2Z Staffing Solutions, Helena