SpectrUM’s ‘Best of Show’ Exhibit Travels to Charlo

October 27, 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 Charlo on Monday, Nov. 2.

Featuring some of the best hands-on exhibits and activities exploring the wonders of neuroscience, health, nanotechnology, physics and engineering, the exhibit will transform the Charlo School Gymnasium into a powerful science learning center.

Families and friends also are invited to attend a free Family Science Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at the Charlo School Gymnasium, where students will be able to share spectrUM’s “Best of Show” exhibition and activities with family, friends and community members.

The spectrUM Discovery Area travels the state with a mobile science center featuring interactive exhibits. 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.”

Committed to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, the University of Montana 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 the Charlo School 21st Century Community Learning Centers and the Big Sky Brain Project.

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.

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. 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.