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December 21, 2012


Missoula teachers and students can discover just how small a nanometer is as they take a trip to spectrUM Discovery Area’s “Nano” exhibition in January aboard the free Nano Bus.

A spectrUM educator and a University of Montana nano researcher will host the Nano Bus, an exhibit itself. Running each Tuesday, Jan. 15-29 and Feb. 5, the bus is expected to bring hundreds of K-12 students to the UM campus to view exhibits about nanoscale science, engineering and technology, including the “Giant Carbon Nanotube” and “Ferrofluid.”

Slots for classes to visit the “Nano” exhibit on the Nano Bus are available, but are filling fast. To book a spot, call spectrUM Discovery Area Museum Manager Jessie Herbert at 406-243-4828.

With programs ranging from community events to traveling exhibits, the spectrUM Discovery Area has served Title I schools as well as Montana’s seven Indian reservations. Since 2006, spectrUM’s K-12 outreach program has traveled more than 20,500 miles to 53 schools in 23 counties, bringing cutting-edge science exhibits to more than 30,600 children and their families.

The Nano Bus is powered by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) and Beach Transportation.

The University’s spectrUM Discovery Area, located in the Skaggs Building on the UM campus, is open to the public 3:30-7 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission costs $3.50 per person. Teachers can call spectrUM at 406-243-4828 to book a field trip for $3.50 per student or arrange for spectrUM to visit a school.

For more information visit, call spectrUM Discovery Area Museum Manager Jessie Herbert at 406-243-4828 or email





Contact: Holly Truitt, director, spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-243-4828,; Jessie Herbert, museum manager, spectrUM, 406-243-4828, jessie.herbert@umontana.