MISSOULA – Motion, one of the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s popular traveling exhibitions, will visit the Hi-Line communities of Harlem on Tuesday, May 6, and Havre on Wednesday, May 7.
Featuring hands-on exhibits and activities exploring the wonders of physics and engineering, Motion will transform the gyms at Harlem High School and Havre Middle School into interactive science museums. 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.
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, the NISE Network, the Western Montana Area Health Education Center and the Noyce Foundation. SpectrUM is supported by funding sources such as 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 17,000 Montana children. Both of these stops on spectrUM’s mobile science tour are powered by North Central Talent Search.
The spectrUM Discovery Area, 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. Saturday. Admission costs $3.50 per person. Teachers or schools interested in booking a field trip to the spectrUM museum or who would like to arrange a stop on spectrUM’s mobile tour can call 406-728-STEM.