SpectrUM’s Motion Exhibit Travels to Lodge Grass

September 18, 2015

MISSOULA – “Motion,” one of the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s popular traveling exhibits, will visit Lodge Grass on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24-25. 

Featuring hands-on exhibits and activities exploring the wonders of physics and engineering, “Motion” will transform the gym at Lodge Grass Elementary School into an interactive science museum. Highlights of the exhibition include a larger-than-life spinning turntable, a gravity well, a Bernoulli Blower, flying cups and spectrUM’s ever-popular flight simulator.  

A free family science night will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Lodge Grass Elementary School gymnasium, where students will be able to share their knowledge with family, friends and community members.

The spectrUM Discovery Area travels the state with a mobile science center featuring interactive exhibits. SpectrUM Director Holly Truitt said the goal of spectrUM’s mobile outreach is to “help inspire Montana’s next generation of scientists, health care providers, engineers and visionaries.”

Committed to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, the 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 programs. This tour stop is powered by O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation.

Since 2006, spectrUM has traveled exhibits and educators to 71 schools and three public libraries in 29 Montana counties, including all seven American Indian reservations in Montana. In total, spectrUM’s mobile science program has served over 51,000 people, of whom 30 percent are Native American and over 75 percent live in rural communities. Its fall tour will continue with stops in Circle (Sept. 28-29), Wolf Point (Sept. 30-Oct. 1), and Sidney (Oct. 5-6).

SpectrUM’s sponsors and partners include the UM Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience, Community Medical Center, 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 12,000 Montana children.

The public can visit spectrUM 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. on 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.