MISSOULA – “Brain: A World inside Your Head,” one of the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s popular traveling exhibitions, will visit Missoula’s Hawthorne Elementary School for a Family Science Night on Thursday, Feb. 9.
The “Brain” exhibition showcases the wonders of neuroscience. It includes an EEG measurement station, a colossal brain and an activity in which visitors can move a ball using their own brain waves. Visitors also can explore spectrUM’s giant Big Sky Big Brain, a 13-foot tall inflatable brain that illustrates traumatic brain injuries. The Feb. 9 tour stop is powered by the Hawthorne PTA and spectrUM’s Science for All Fund.
The free Family Science Night will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hawthorne Elementary, where students can experience the exhibition and its hands-on activities with family, friends and community members.
According to spectrUM Director Holly Truitt, a goal of spectrUM’s traveling “Brain” exhibition is “to inspire Montana’s next generation about STEM and higher education and to help power a vibrant, homegrown workforce in our state.”
SpectrUM Discovery Area serves more than 55,000 Montanans annually. Since 2006, spectrUM’s mobile science program has reached over 52,000 people at 73 schools and four public libraries in 31 Montana counties and on all seven American Indian reservations in Montana. Thirty percent of the people spectrUM serves are Native American and over 75 percent live in rural communities.
“Brain: A World inside Your Head” was created in partnership with the Big Sky Brain Project through a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Additional spectrUM sponsors include the National Science Foundation, the Montana NSF EPSCoR Program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, NASA, the Jane S. Heman Foundation, the Martin Family Foundation, the Montana Space Grant Consortium, the Simons Foundation, the Bonneville Power Administration, GSK-Science in the Summer and the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation. Its Science for All Scholarship Fund has given the gift of science to more than 12,000 Montana children.