SpectrUM, SciNation Conclude Summer Science Bytes Tour at Lake County Fair

July 29, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area and SciNation, spectrum’s partner on the Flathead Indian Reservation, will host the final Science Bytes event of the summer from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Lake County Fair at the Ronan Fairgrounds.

Children of all ages are invited to roll up their sleeves and explore hands-on science at the exhibit, build with Keva planks, launch stomp rockets and participate in health sciences activities, including “Get Set to be a Vet.” Educators and role models in science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – will guide activities and share their experiences in science careers and higher education.

Launched earlier this year, Science Bytes brings hands-on STEM activities and inspirational mentors to sites that host free summer lunch programs and other community events on the Flathead Indian Reservation. This summer the program reached 1,070 children and 250 adults in Ronan, Pablo, Elmo, Dayton, Dixon, Hot Springs, Polson and Arlee.

“Science Bytes is about feeding bodies as well as minds,” said Jessie Herbert, spectrUM’s STEM education program manager. “By adding hands-on science and role models to existing summer lunch sites and other community programs, we are able to meet kids where they’re already gathering during the summer and add value to that experience.”

Science Bytes is supported by the Noyce Foundation, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, the Simons Foundation, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

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 national awards.

Dedicated to empowering STEM leaders on the Flathead Indian Reservation, SciNation is an organization of scientists and educators from Tribal Health and Human Services, Ronan Elementary School, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Wildlife Management Program and Salish Kootenai College.

The public can visit spectrUM’s museum at 218 E. Front St. 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 call 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.