We Are Montana in the Classroom, spectrUM Travel to Troy

February 16, 2016

MISSOULA– Educators and role models from University of Montana’s spectrUM Discovery Area and We Are Montana in the Classroom program will visit Troy on Thursday, Feb. 18, to share their passion for learning and exploring with K-12 students.

At W.F. Morrison Elementary School, spectrUM will lead in-school field trips with its “Brain: A World inside Your Head” exhibition. The exhibition showcases the wonders of neuroscience, including an EEG measurement station, a colossal brain and an activity in which visitors can move a ball using their own brain waves. Visitors can explore spectrUM’s Big Sky Big Brain, a 13-foot-tall inflatable brain that displays traumatic brain injuries.

Students also can explore the exhibition with family, friends and community members at a free Family Science Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at W.F. Morrison Elementary School.

While spectrUM visits W.F. Morrison students, 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 Troy’s elementary, middle and high schools on Thursday and Friday. Amanda Duley of spectrUM and the Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience, Sherrill Brown of UM's School of Pharmacy, Dan Reisenfeld of UM’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and Tim Chester of the Missoula College Energy Technology Program will lead hands-on activities and demonstrations during classroom visits throughout the day.

The spectrUM Discovery Area is an interactive science center committed to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, serving more than 50,000 Montanans annually through in-museum and mobile programs.

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 is on track 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’s Missoula location at 218 E. Front St. 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.

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