MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s popular traveling exhibit “Brain: The World Inside Your Head” will visit Frenchtown Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27-28. Families and friends are also invited to attend Frenchtown’s free Science Palooza from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Students can share spectrUM’s “Brain” exhibition and activities with family, friends and community members.
Highlights of this exhibition include interactive science displays and activities that explore 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 to “Brain” also can walk through spectrUM’s new Big Sky Big Brain, a 13-foot tall inflatable brain, which displays different traumatic brain injuries. On Oct. 28, students from Frenchtown will participate in guided field trips to the “Brain” exhibition. This tour stop is powered by Frenchtown School.
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, UM’s spectrUM Discovery Area serves more than 50,000 Montanans annually through in-museum and mobile programs.
Since 2006, spectrUM has traveled exhibits and educators to 73 schools and four public libraries in 31 Montana counties, including all seven American Indian reservations in Montana. In total, spectrUM’s mobile science program has served over 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 Martin Family 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.
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.