MISSOULA – Visitors can experience hands-on science for free at the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area on Friday, July 17.
Currently sponsored by Community Medical Center, this free Random Act of Community Day is the second of 12 scheduled to take place monthly through June 2016. Beginning in January 2016, Sou and John Barrett will underwrite the series, which was created to ensure open access for all families, regardless of income.
At this month’s Random Act of Community Day, visitors can experience the wonders of static electricity with spectrUM’s Van de Graaf generator and control a piano or a video game with Makey Makey kits. At the Brain Lab, they can learn how reflexes work and how electricity powers our bodies and brains.
More than 300 people attended spectrUM’s inaugural Random Act of Community Day on June 25. A complete list of free Random Act of Community Days at spectrUM is online at http://spectrum.umt.edu/calendar/default.php#RAOC.
“These sponsored days are an excellent opportunity for spectrUM and our community to explore the many wonders of science together, as well as for community members to learn about potential careers and opportunities in the STEM fields,” said Nick Wethington, spectrUM’s museum coordinator.
Inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, spectrUM Discovery Area is an interactive science center located in downtown Missoula. Through in-museum and mobile programs, spectrUM serves more than 50,000 Montanans annually. Its innovative, community-based approach to STEM engagement has garnered awards from the Simons Foundation and through the Noyce Foundation’s 2014 Bright Lights award competition.
SpectrUM’s sponsors and partners include the UM 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, the Simons Foundation and the 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.
The public can visit spectrUM’s museum at 218 E. Front St. from 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.