SpectrUM’s Brain Exhibit Travels to Potomac

March 06, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area will bring its popular “The Brain: A World Inside Your Head” exhibit to Potomac on Wednesday, March 18.

A free family science night will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Potomac School, where students will be able to share their knowledge with family, friends and community members.

Highlights of the exhibit include interactive science activities that explore the wonders of neuroscience, such as a colossal brain, an EEG measurement station and Mind Flex Duel – an activity in which visitors can move a ball using just their brain waves.

“We transport 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 director.

Since 2006, spectrUM has transported exhibits and educators to 75 schools and public libraries in 29 counties, including all seven American Indian reservations in Montana. In total, spectrUM has served 44,985 people, of whom 30 percent are Native American and 75 percent live in rural communities. For the first time ever this January, spectrUM also brought its mobile tour outside Montana, traveling to the Tri-Cities Family Expo health fair in Pasco, Washington.

Committed to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, the 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 programs. This tour stop is powered by the Potomac School Parent Teacher Organization.

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 the 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. on 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.

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