Atomic Circus explores STEM in two shows at MontanaFair

Don’t miss the MSU Billings Atomic Circus at MontanaFair!

Dr. Matt Queen, Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Montana State University Billings, will introduce children ages K-12 to the fascinating world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in two shows Sunday, Aug. 13.

The first presentation, with the addition of MSU Billings music students and interpretive dancers, creates a new and fun way for kids to learn how the scientific methods work. Look for the MSU Billings Atomic Circus on the Time Square Furniture Stage at 2 p.m. 

A second show will held be beneath the Northern Hotel Grandstands at 4 p.m.

Every aspect of the show incorporates School District 2’s science curriculum.

Dr. Queen has taught a variety of chemistry courses at MSU Billings for four years. Apart from teaching at the university, Dr. Queen is involved in multiple scientific research projects, including research using computational chemistry. Currently, he is working on a project with students aimed at environmental remediation of carbon tetrachloride, an organic compound that was formerly widely used in fire extinguishers, as a precursor to refrigerants, and as a cleaning agent, but is now known to pose significant human and animal health concerns.

With degrees ranging from teaching to pre-medical and clinical laboratory science, the MSU Billings students involved in the show are excited to share their enthusiasm about STEM with the Billings community.

These students and Dr. Queen have been working in a 70-year-old science building, which has not been renovated or expanded sufficiently over the years to accommodate the educational needs and continuing growth of the sciences, much less the allied health programs which are currently scattered across the campus. Key to continued excellence in MSU Billings’ STEM programs is the expansion and the renovation of the Yellowstone Science and Allied Health Building. This much-needed structure will facilitate synergistic collaboration between the Science and Allied Health programs in a 21st century integrated-learning environment critical for college students entering competitive STEM and healthcare fields.

For more information about the Yellowstone and Allied Health Building, contact Robbie Carpenter, Campaign Director, at or 406.657.2244.

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