SpectrUM, We Are Montana in the Classroom Travels to Bozeman

February 02, 2016

MISSOULA – Educators and role models from University of Montana’s spectrUM Discovery Area and We Are Montana in the Classroom program will visit Bozeman Thursday, Feb. 4, to share their passion for learning and exploring with K-12 students.

At Whittier Elementary School, spectrUM will lead in-school field trips with its “Best in Show” exhibition, a collection of some its most popular traveling exhibits. Featuring hands-on exhibits and activities that explore neuroscience, health, nanotechnology, physics and engineering, “Best of Show” will transform the school’s gym into a powerful science learning center.

Students also can explore the exhibition with family, friends and community members at a free Family Science Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Whittier Elementary School.

While spectrUM visits Whittier, UM higher education and career role models from We Are Montana in the Classroom will share UM’s research and educational opportunities with students at Bozeman High School. Mark Reiser of UM’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and Timothy Chester of Missoula College’s Energy Technology Program will lead hands-on activities and demonstrations on physics and energy technology during classroom visits throughout the day.

An interactive science center located in the heart of downtown Missoula, spectrUM Discovery Area 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. SpectrUM’s Bozeman tour stop is powered by Whittier Elementary School.

We Are Montana in the Classroom partners with more than 100 UM faculty members, professionals and graduate students to inspire K-12 students about higher education and career pathways. This academic year, the program aims to reach 10,000 students through statewide tours, local classroom visits and distance-learning experiences.

SpectrUM and We Are Montana in the Classroom belong to the UM Broader Impacts Group in the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship.

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 on booking a school visit or to learn more about We Are Montana in the Classroom’s array of free programming, call spectrUM STEM Education Program Manager Jessie Herbert at 406-243-4828.

Contact: Jessie Herbert, STEM education program manager, spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-243-4828, jessie.herbert@umontana.edu.