MISSOULA – Motion, one of the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s popular traveling exhibits, will visit Polson on Monday, March 21.
Featuring hands-on exhibits and activities exploring the wonders of physics and engineering, Motion will transform the Linderman Elementary School gymnasium into an interactive science museum. Highlights of the exhibition include a larger-than-life spinning turntable, a gravity well and spectrUM’s ever-popular flight simulator.
Families and friends also are invited to attend a free Family Science Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the school, where students will be able to share spectrUM’s Motion exhibition and activities with family, friends and community members. The Polson tour stop is powered by Onward and Upward Inc.
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 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.
Since 2006, spectrUM has traveled exhibits and educators to 73 schools and four public libraries in 30 Montana counties, including all seven American Indian reservations in Montana. In total, spectrUM’s mobile science program has served more than 52,000 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. 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.