SpectrUM Premieres ‘Water’ Exhibit, Launches 2016-17 Statewide Tour

November 21, 2016

Fort Benton students experience spectrUM’s Virtual Watershed Exhibit at Family Science Night.MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area has launched its 2016-17 statewide science tour with “Water,” its newest mobile exhibition.

“Water,” which premiered in Fort Benton Nov. 9-11, features interactive science exhibits and activities that explore the wonders of water and ecosystems science. Highlights of the exhibition include a virtual watershed sandbox, a groundwater model and spectrUM’s popular erosion table. The tour’s first stop reached students from Fort Benton, Geraldine and Highwood and was powered by the Chouteau County PEAK Program.

SpectrUM’s statewide tour will continue in Lolo Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, Lakeside Feb. 23 through 24, Stevensville March 15-17, Corvallis March 20 through 24, Hamilton March 27 through 31, Browning April 20, and Victor May 8 through 12.

The spectrUM Discovery Area mobile science program travels statewide with hands-on science exhibits and activities guided by museum educators. According to spectrUM Director Holly Truitt, the goal of spectrUM’s mobile outreach is to inspire Montana’s next generation about STEM and higher education and to help power a vibrant, homegrown workforce in our state.

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 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.

“Water” is powered by the Clark Fork Coalition, the Montana Institute on Ecosystems and the Montana NSF EPSCoR Program. SpectrUM’s additional sponsors include the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, NASA, the Jane S. Heman Foundation, the Martin Family Foundation, the Montana Space Grant Consortium, the Simons Foundation, the Bonneville Power Administration, GSK-Science in the Summer, Montana No Kid Hungry and the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation.

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.

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Contact: Jessie Herbert, STEM education program manager, spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-243-4828, jessie.herbert@umontana.edu.