MISSOULA – The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area will share hands-on science activities at the Ronan Family Science Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at K. William Harvey Elementary School.
The annual science night draws hundreds of children and community members each year. At this year’s event, spectrUM educators will share a selection of their popular health-science activities, including guided dissections.
Director Holly Truitt said spectrUM’s goal is to “inspire Montanans, especially our next generation, about STEM and higher education and to power a vibrant, homegrown workforce in our state.”
UM’s spectrUM Discovery Area engages more than 55,000 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 and on all seven American Indian reservations in Montana. Thirty percent of people spectrUM serves are Native American, and more than 75 percent live in rural communities.
On the Flathead Reservation, spectrUM collaborates with SciNation, its community advisory group, to co-create programs designed to power a homegrown, Native STEM workforce. SpectrUM and SciNation’s innovative, community-based approach has garnered national awards from the Noyce Foundation, the Simons Foundation and the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science.
SpectrUM is powered by 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 and the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation.