When: July 26 - July 30, 2020Students listening to instructor

Where: Montana State University in Bozeman

Grades: Students entering grades 7-12 in Fall 2020


Montana Models is a 4-night summer camp where groups of middle and high school youth use mathematical modeling to understand their world and solve problems that are important to them and their communities. We believe everyone brings ingenuity, creativity, and their own expert knowledge to problems that they care about. Unfortunately, math in school is often about memorizing facts and applying rules that don’t make sense. We believe math is creative and beautiful, AND we believe the best solutions are found when people work in teams. That’s why we are inviting groups of 4-6 youth and mentor (4-H or other) to come and experience camp together. 

Umm…math all day…every day?

Well, not exactly! Here are some of the activities we have planned.

  • A night at the Museum of the Rockies
  • Bowling, pool, and video games at the Student Union Building
  • A field day in Hyalite Canyon
  • Movie night in the Procrastinator

Plus, you’ll have a chance to learn about Montana State University, meet teachers and students, and get to know the campus as well as the surrounding area.

Group Picture of Students on Bridge

Who Can Attend?

Montana Models is for students entering grades 7th to 12th in the fall 2020. The project involves a collaboration between Montana communities, Montana 4-H, and mathematical sciences faculty from Montana State University and University of Montana.

Why Should I Attend?

At Montana Models, you get to

  • Share your local expertise with others
  • Develop and use problem-solving strategies and mathematical modeling skills in an fun environment
  • Contribute to your community by generating creative solutions to local problems
  • Learn from faculty and graduate students who are using mathematical and statistical modeling to cure diseases, understand animal habitats, and solve crimes (to name just a few topics)
  • Experience college life: sleeping in the residence halls, eating in the dining hall, and exploring the campus of Montana State University.
  • Get to know Bozeman and the surrounding community
  • Make connections and have fun with researchers and peers across the state.


Montana Models will be held July 26 - 30, 2020 at Montana State University in Bozeman. Check-in and orientation will be Sunday, July 26th with evening activities planned. All workshops and other activities begin Monday, July 27th. This is a residential camp - all participants and mentors will be staying in the residence halls on the MSU campus.


There will be no fee or tuition for participants, as this project is funded National Science Foundation. All room & board, activities, and student materials are provided free of charge.

See our Frequently Asked Questions.Girl and Boy Working on Math Work

How to Apply/Register

Please contact Mary Alice Carlson at mary.carlson5@montana.edu

4-H Members

Contact your county agent. Your county agent can help you assemble a team, identify a mentor for camp, and answer questions about how to proceed with an application. Need help finding your county agent?

Get more info at MSU Extension.

All Applicants

Once you have a team assembled and a potential mentor, fill out the GROUP APPLICATION. Team/Group application must be completed by an adult ONLINE or download the PDF FORM and submit to Mary Alice Carlson. 

What Happens Next?

We are reviewing and accepting group applications on a rolling basis until TBA. If your group is accepted, project leaders will contact you with directions about youth registration forms. All participants need to be registered by TBA.


Accepted participants will be contacted by project leaders and given instructions to register.


Hosted by Montana State University Department of Mathematical Sciences, the University of Montana Departmental of Mathematical Sciences, Montana 4-H, and funded by the National Science Foundation.

For More Information

Please contact Mary Alice Carlson at mary.carlson5@montana.edu