MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area will bring its popular Motion exhibit to Fort Benton Monday through Wednesday, April 20-22.
Highlights of the exhibition include a larger-than-life spinning turntable, a gravity well and spectrUM’s ever-popular flight simulator.
A free family science night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fort Benton Elementary School gym, where students will be able to share their knowledge with family, friends and community members. Students from the neighboring communities of Highwood and Geraldine also will travel to Fort Benton for field trips at the exhibit.
“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’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.
Inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all Montanans, UM’s 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 10,127 Montana children. This tour stop is powered by the Chouteau County PEAK Program.
The public can visit the spectrUM Discovery Area at 218 E. Front St. in Missoula from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission costs $3.50 per person.
For more information or to book a school visit, call Jessie Herbert, spectrUM STEM Education program manager, at 406-243-4828 or visit http://www.spectrum.umt.edu.