SpectrUM to Bring Brain Exhibit to Eastern Montana

October 01, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area will bring its popular “Brain: The World Inside Your Head” exhibit to eastern Montana Monday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Culbertson schoolchildren will participate in guided field trips of the exhibit on Monday, Oct. 6, and Tuesday, Oct. 7. On Monday night, the community is invited to a free family science night from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Old Armory Building.

Then on Thursday, Oct. 9, and Friday, Oct. 10, students in Terry will tour the brain exhibit. On Thursday, the public is invited to a free family science night at Terry Public School from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Finally, from Monday, Oct. 13, to Wednesday, Oct. 15, “Brain: The World Inside Your Head” makes its way to Glendive, where schoolchildren will get their chance to see it. A free family science night from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, will be held at the Washington Middle School gymnasium.

Highlights of the exhibit include interactive science activities exploring the wonders of neuroscience, such as an EEG measurement station, a colossal brain and Mind Flex Duel – an activity through which visitors can move a ball using their brain waves. Visitors to “Brain: A World Inside Your Head” also get an opportunity to walk through spectrUM’s new Big Sky Big Brain – a 13-foot-tall inflatable brain that displays different traumatic brain injuries.

The spectrUM Discovery Area travels the state with a mobile science center featuring a variety of themed interactive science exhibits. Since 2007, spectrUM has traveled exhibits and educators to more than 25 counties and all seven American Indian reservations in Montana.

“We travel hands-on science around the state, transforming gymnasiums and cafeterias into powerful science learning centers that help inspire Montana’s next generation of scientists, health care providers, engineers and visionaries,” said Holly Truitt, spectrUM co-director.

The project is powered by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.

The public can visit spectrUM Discovery Area in its new location at 218 E. Front St. in Missoula. Public hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission costs $3.50 per person. 

For more information or to book a school visit, call spectrUM STEM Education Program Manager Jessie Herbert at 406-728-7868 or visit http://www.spectrum.umt.edu.

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Contact: Jessie Herbert, STEM education program manager, spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-728-7836, jessie.herbert@umontana.edu.