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March 05, 2013


The University of Montana’s spectrUM Discovery Area will host “NanoDays” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, as part of the Kids Fair and Fashion Show at Southgate Mall. The fair is free and open to the public.

“NanoDays” is a nationwide educational festival of programs focused on nanoscale science and engineering developed by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. It offers families a hands-on opportunity to explore the ways people experience itsy-bitsy technologies in their everyday lives.

Every child measuring at least 500 million nanometers tall – that’s everyone – can experience hands-on science activities such as wheat germ DNA extraction, super expansion gel, polymer chemistry, interactive games to understand scale and a liquid nitrogen demonstration.

Committed to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, the spectrUM Discovery Area is an interactive science center located in the Skaggs Building on the UM campus. SpectrUM serves 39,000 people annually through exhibits, parties, camps and its Science For All Scholarship Fund.

SpectrUM’s national sponsors and partners include SciGirls, NISE Network, the Area Health Education Center and the Noyce Foundation. It also is supported by funding from the National Institues of Health and the NSF EPSCoR Program.

For those who can’t attend “NanoDays,” spectrUM Discovery Area is open to the public on Thursdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m. or Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission costs $3.50 per person. Teachers can call 406-243-4828 to book a field trip to spectrUM for $3.50 per student. To have spectrUM visit your school or organization, visit or call the same number.



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Contact: Hannah Motl, outreach coordinator, spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-243-4828,