SpectrUM’s Brain Exhibit Travels to Browning

April 14, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area will bring its popular “The Brain: A World Inside Your Head” exhibit to Browning on Thursday, April 16.

A free family science night will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Browning Middle School gym, where students will be able to share their knowledge with family, friends and community members.

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 in which visitors can move a ball using just their brain waves.

“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 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 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 a stop in Fort Benton on April 20-22.

Inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all Montanans, the UM 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.

SpectrUM’s sponsors and partners include the Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, the Jane S. Heman Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program, NISE Network, the Noyce Foundation, the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation, SciGirls and Western Montana Area Health Education Center. Its Science for All Scholarship Fund has given the gift of science to more than 10,000 Montana children.

The public can visit spectrUM Discovery Area at 218 E. Front St. in Missoula. Public hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-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.