SpectrUM’s Motion Exhibit Travels to Ronan

March 06, 2014

MISSOULA –Motion, one of the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s popular traveling exhibitions, will visit Ronan on Thursday, March 20.

Featuring hands-on exhibits and activities that explore the wonders of physics and engineering, Motion will transform the K. William Harvey School Gym into an interactive science museum. Highlights of the exhibition include a larger-than-life spinning turntable, a gravity well, Bernoulli Blower, flying cups and spectrUM’s ever-popular flight simulator.

Families and friends also are invited to attend the school’s Family Science Night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the same day. During Family Science Night, K. William Harvey students will be able to share spectrUM’s Motion exhibit and many other community activities with family, friends and neighbors.

The spectrUM Discovery Area travels the state with a mobile science center featuring interactive exhibits. According to spectrUM Director Holly Truitt, the goal of spectrUM’s mobile outreach is to “help inspire Montana’s next generation of scientists, health care providers, engineers and visionaries.”

Since 2006, spectrUM has driven more than 22,100 miles to bring educators, exhibitions, and programs to 60 different schools in 23 Montana counties, including all seven Montana Indian reservations. SpectrUM’s mobile science programs have served more than 34,080 people, of whom 30 percent are Native American and 75 percent are from rural communities.

Committed to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, UM’s spectrUM Discovery Area is an interactive science center located in the heart of downtown Missoula. SpectrUM annually serves more than 50,000 Montanans through in-museum and mobile programming. National sponsors and partners include SciGirls, NISE Network, Western Montana AHEC and the Noyce Foundation. SpectrUM is supported by an array of funding sources including the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program. Its Science For All Scholarship Fund has given the gift of science to more than 1,500 Montana children.

This stop on spectrUM’s mobile science tour is powered by the K. William Harvey School Parent Teachers Association and the NASA Summer of Innovation Program.

SpectrUM’s new downtown museum, located at 218 E. Front St. in Missoula, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $3.50 per person. Teachers or schools interested in booking a field trip to the spectrUM museum or would like to arrange a stop on spectrUM’s mobile tour can call 406-243-STEM.

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Contact: Hannah Motl, spectrUM outreach coordinator, 406-243-4828, hannah.motl@umontana.edu.