MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area will bring “Motion,” one of its most popular traveling exhibits, to Hamilton Wednesday through Friday, March 30-April 1.
Featuring hands-on exhibits and activities exploring the wonders of physics and engineering, “Motion” will transform the Hamilton Middle 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. This tour stop is powered by the Jane S. Heman Foundation.
Students also are able to share the “Motion” exhibition and activities with families, friends and community members at a free Family Science Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Hamilton Middle School gymnasium.
SpectrUM is an interactive science center located in the heart of downtown Missoula. Committed to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery for all, it serves more than 50,000 Montanans annually through its in-museum and mobile programs.
Since 2006, spectrUM has brought interactive exhibits and educators to 73 schools and four public libraries in 30 Montana counties, including all seven American Indian reservations in the state. Of the 52,000 Montanans reached by spectrUM’s mobile science program, 30 percent are Native American and over 75 percent live in rural communities.
SpectrUM Director Holly Truitt said 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. Public hours are 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://spectrum.umt.edu/.