MISSOULA – Has your child ever dreamed of exploring outer space or building a LEGO robot? Are they curious what it’s like to be a veterinarian, a computer programmer or a pirate? This summer, spectrUM Discovery Area has camps for all of Missoula’s budding scientists, entrepreneurs and visionaries.
SpectrUM hosts its summer camps, which range from two to five days, between June 15 and Aug. 21. Camps are customized by age group, from 3 to 14 years old. Returning favorite summer camps include Aquatic Robotics, Crime Scene Investigation, 3D Printing and Explosive Chemistry. This summer, spectrUM also will premiere eight new camps, including Little Explorers, Rocket Science, Energy Explorers and BioDesign Engineers.
For a sneak peek at spectrUM’s summer camps, children ages 6-7 and 8-10 can enroll in spectrUM’s upcoming No-School Camp on Feb. 16. At Animal Wonders: Zookeeper Science, young zookeepers will examine animal X-rays, explore animal behavior and get to know some unique animal guests from Animal Wonders. This camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $50, with a 10-percent discount for siblings and spectrUM members.
Tuition for summer camps ranges from $50 to $220 with a 10-percent discount for siblings and spectrUM members. Need-based scholarships are available through spectrUM’s Science for All Scholarship Fund.
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 partnering.
National sponsors include SciGirls, NISE Network, the Western Montana Area Health Education Center and the Noyce Foundation. SpectrUM is supported by an array of funding sources, including the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program. Its Science for All Scholarship Fund has provided the gift of science to more than 9,589 Montana children.
The public can visit spectrUM Discovery Area at 218 E. Front St. in Missoula. Public hours are 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.
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.