Enrollment Open for ‘Aviation’ and ‘Wonder Wheels’ Camps at SpectrUM

July 10, 2014

MISSOULA – SpectrUM Discovery Area is calling all cyclists, mechanics and aviators for a week of summer camps on the University of Montana camps. Two camps will be held Monday through Friday, July 14-18.

During July 14-16, kids ages 9-12 are invited to Wonder Wheels. While building a bike, campers will learn about aerodynamics, conservation of energy and torque. For safe night riding, everyone will make an LED helmet lamp. Campers should bring a bike and helmet every day.

During July 17-18, it’s ready, set, launch at spectrUM’s Aviation camp. Kids ages 9-12 will explore the physics of flight; build rockets, airplanes and helicopters; and meet a real pilot.

SpectrUM’s summer camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every week through the summer at spectrUM’s Camp Clubhouse in the UM Skaggs Building. Fees are $135 for Wonder Wheels and $90 for Aviation. Camps have filled to capacity all summer, so participants are encouraged to register soon to guarantee a spot.

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 gives the gift of science to more than 1,200 Montana children annually.

SpectrUM Discovery Area Downtown, 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 who would like to arrange a stop on spectrUM’s mobile tour can call 406-728-STEM.

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Contact: Jessie Herbert, spectrUM museum manager, 406-728-7836, jessie.herbert@mso.umt.edu.