SpectrUM’s Brain Exhibit Travels to Fort Benton

April 11, 2014

MISSOULA – Brain: the World inside Your Head, one of the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s popular traveling exhibitions, will make a stop in Fort Benton Monday and Tuesday, April 14-15.

The exhibition will transform the Fort Benton Elementary School gym into a world-class science museum. Highlights include an EEG measurement station, a colossal brain and Mind Flex Duel, an activity that allows visitors to move a ball using just their brain waves.

Families and friends also are invited to attend Family Science Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Fort Benton Elementary School gym, where students will be able to share spectrUM’s Brain exhibition and 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. All together, the 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, spectrUM Discovery Area is an interactive science center located in the heart of downtown Missoula. Annually, spectrUM serves more than 50,000 Montanans through in-museum and mobile programming.

National sponsors and partners include SciGirls, NISE Network, Western Montana Area Health Education Center 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 1,200 Montana children annually. This stop on spectrUM’s mobile science tour is powered by Chouteau County PEAK, which is funded through a 21st Century Learning Grant.

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 costs $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 406-728-STEM.

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