UM Student Researchers to Share Hands-on Learning at Western Montana Fair

August 09, 2016

MISSOULA – Role models from the University of Montana’s We Are Montana in the Classroom initiative and the Department of Physics and Astronomy will share their love of learning and exploring with fairgoers from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, during Kids’ Day at the Western Montana Fair.

UM physics students will share hands-on science activities at the Stomping Grounds, the fair’s designated family area. The Stomping Grounds will feature activities, demonstrations and performances for children and families throughout the fair, which runs Aug. 9-14 at the Missoula County Fairgrounds

On Thursday, UM physics students Eric Dennison and Chris Totzauer will serve as role models at We Are Montana in the Classroom’s booth, leading activities and sharing their experiences as students and researchers at UM.

“We’re so excited to partner with the Western Montana Fair to bring hands-on learning and role-model engagement to this event, which is a highlight for so many children and families in our community,” said Nathalie Wolfram, We Are Montana in the Classroom program manager.

Kids’ Day at the fair will offer children under age 17 free gate admission until 6 p.m. on Thursday. Regular gate admission is $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and free for those with a military ID.

Part of the Broader Impacts Group in UM’s Office of Research and Creative Scholarship, 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. Last academic year, the initiative reached over 10,000 students through statewide tours, local classroom visits and distance-learning experiences.

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 Wolfram at 406-243-4828 or email

Contact: Nathalie Wolfram, program manager, UM Broader Impacts Group, 406-370-7731,