SpectrUM’s ‘Best of Show Exhibit’ to Travel to Fort Benton

October 23, 2015

MISSOULA SpectrUM’s “Best of Show” exhibit, a collection of some of the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s most popular traveling exhibits, will visit Fort Benton Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 26-28.

Featuring hands-on exhibits and activities exploring the wonders of neuroscience, health, nanotechnology, physics and engineering, the “Best of Show” exhibit will transform the gym at Fort Benton Elementary School into a powerful science learning center.

Students will be able to share spectrUM’s exhibition and activities with families, friends and community members at a free Family Science Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Fort Benton Elementary School.

An interactive science center located in the heart of downtown Missoula, spectrUM is committed to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, serving more than 50,000 Montanans annually through its in-museum and mobile programs.

Since 2006, spectrUM has brought exhibits and educators to 71 schools and three public libraries in 29 Montana counties and all seven American Indian reservations. Thirty percent of the students spectrUM reaches statewide are Native American and over 75 percent live in rural areas. The Fort Benton tour stop is sponsored by the Chouteau County PEAK Program.

In recognition of its innovative approaches to mobile engagement, spectrUM has won awards from the Simons Foundation, the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science and through the Noyce Foundation’s Bright Lights Community Engagement awards competition.

According to spectrUM Director Holly Truitt, the goal of spectrUM’s mobile outreach is to “help inspire Montana’s next generation of scientists, health care providers, engineers and visionaries.”

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 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.

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, spectrUM STEM education program manager, 406-243-4828, jessie.herbert@umontana.edu.