SpectrUM’s Best in Show Exhibit Travels to Ronan

March 17, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area will bring its Best in Show exhibit to the Ronan Middle School Event Center Tuesday through Thursday, March 24-26. The Best in Show exhibit features favorites from spectrUM’s popular exhibits including Nano, Hands on Health, Motion and The Brain: A World Inside Your Head.

Since 2009, spectrUM has partnered with K. William Harvey School to bring hands-on science to the Ronan community, transforming the school gymnasium into a powerful science learning center that helps inspire Montana’s next generation of scientists, health care providers, engineers and visionaries.

A free family science night will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, where students will be able to share their knowledge with family, friends and community members. The event will feature additional hands-on science activities made possible by volunteers from the Ronan community.

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’s mobile science program has served more than 45,000 people, of whom 30 percent are Native American and 75 percent live in rural communities. Its spring tour will continue with stops in Anaconda (April 14), Browning (April 16) and Fort Benton (April 20-22). 

SpectrUM’s sponsors include SciGirls, the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program, the Jane S. Heman Foundation, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, NISE Network, the Western Montana Area Health Education Center and the Noyce Foundation. Its Science for All Scholarship Fund has provided the gift of science to more than 10,127 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 406-243-4828 or visit http://www.spectrum.umt.edu.

Contact: Jessie Herbert, STEM education program manager, spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-243-4828, jessie.herbert@umontana.edu.