UM Students, Researchers to Share Hands-on Learning at River City Roots Festival

August 23, 2016

MISSOULA – Role models from the University of Montana’s We Are Montana in the Classroom initiative, the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures will share their love of learning and exploring from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the River City Roots Family Fun Festival.

We Are Montana in the Classroom will host a booth in Caras Park. Alicia Gignoux, UM Spanish lecturer, will lead a Mola coloring activity in the morning. In the afternoon, undergraduate students Eric Dennison and DJ Wilkerson will share hands-on physics and astronomy science activities.

“We’re excited for We Are Montana in the Classroom to be a part of this wonderful community tradition and for children who visit the festival to have the opportunity to meet UM role models and engage in hands-on learning,” said Nathalie Wolfram, We Are Montana in the Classroom program manager.

Part of the Broader Impacts Group in the 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. During the past academic year, the initiative reached more than 10,000 students through statewide tours, local classroom visits and distance-learning experiences.

Admission to the festival is free. For a complete schedule of River City Roots Festival events, visit

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,